Happiness!

What it is and how to get it

A collection of received wisdom, contemporary responses and practical advice in short essays, video and animated cartoons.

18 Joyous Teachings
Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov entered a chilled, dreary world and set it afire. He taught that even the simplest soul can bond to the Infinite Creator with love and joy . . .
KabbalaToons LIVE! KabbalaToons LIVE!
Video | 32:06
KabbalaToons LIVE!
Words from the Creator of the Animated Series
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, creator of the animated series, KabbalaToons, presents and explains select episodes to a live audience.
Why Celebrate? Why Celebrate?
Video | 2:21
Why Celebrate?
If you were a granola bar about to be eaten, what would you have to celebrate?
Why Be Happy? Why Be Happy?
Video | 2:14
Why Be Happy?
Happiness is knowing that you are small. Happiness is knowing that you are the most important thing in the universe.
Higher Than Angels Higher Than Angels
Angels wait thousands of years to do what you can do any moment.
Can Judaism Be Fun?
Some say G‑d created the world so we could party. It’s only half true. He created it so He could party with us. Which is basically the idea of a mitzvah . . .
Happiness Is Being There
About the one act in life that is perfectly still
All of life is running towards something, reaching for something, attempting to become something. Yet there’s one act in life which is about being there . . .
Happiness is Not Being There
Eve, Noah, Sarah and the Key to Letting Go
It’s a simple solution and no big secret, yet for all of history we’ve done all we can to avoid it.
Judaism is Getting Burdensome
The case for climbing slowly
Its not how high you're up on the ladder that counts, it's the direction you're moving in--however gradual that may be.
The Kabbalah of Dips, Downs and Transformations
Take advantage of the roller coaster of life
Life is a roller coaster. Everything is moving, everything is pulsating. Become small, receive life, and then shine.
How Can I Be Happy?
When I look at myself and my life I see plenty of reasons to be miserable. Am I supposed to be able to just switch on happiness at will?
Humility & Happiness
—How the ego conflicts with true joy
We may be somewhat surprised to discover that not only is there no conflict between the two, but in truth happiness and humility make a marvelous pair.
Guilt & Happiness
—Let the ecstasy override all else
Tanya, Chapter 33
The joyous chapter
The Chassidic Approach To Joy
Genuine joy comes from profound spiritual awareness on life and an absolute clarity of direction, living for a purpose. The Chassidic Approach to Joy explores the mystical depths of one's soul as well as the universe at large, on the well-traveled path to pure, internal happiness.
Guilt, the Party-Pooper
Coping with that nagging sense of failure
Imagine you’re making this wild bar mitzvah party with all your friends who brought a whole pile of gifts—and there’s one nudnik there standing next to you and kvetching, “What a lousy party. Your voice cracked in the middle of the Haftorah and your speech put even the rabbi to sleep. The sushi smells rotten. Your Aunt Monica didn’t even bring a gift. And your friends probably don’t even like you.”
Happiness: The Ultimate Revenge
How to kill with a smile
I’m a nice person. But for my nemesis I have reserved the ultimate revenge: a smile.
Ten Controversial Affirmations For Those Who Choose to Fight Depression
..with more next week
Words that speak from timeless wisdom, with the power to transform.
More Affirmations For Fighting Depression
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