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Lessons for Life

A Collection of Brief Torah Thoughts

Short reflections on finding spiritual lessons in various aspects of life.

5:04
On what grounds should you forgive me if I wronged me? Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness. Learn from G-d, the ultimate Forgiver.
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6:06
Sometimes, in our attempt to be happy, we focus on ourselves. The holiday of Sukkot teaches us that to be in a state of joy, one must move beyond oneself.
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4:39
So often we are dissatisfied in a relationship. Why can’t they just this or just that? Listen to this crazy story, and learn how to stop blaming them and start taking responsibility yourself.
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6:05
We’re inspired by ambitious people. But ambition that isn’t backed by strong values can be dangerous.
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3:59
There are certain questions that may be better left unanswered? A brief thought about why we shouldn't try to understand human suffering.
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5:33
We may live in a free country, but that doesn’t guarantee us being free people. Freedom must be created from within. We can learn this from refusenik Natan Sharansky.
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5:41
The Soul of Matzah
The commandments aren’t merely rituals; they carry deeper meaning. And Matzah isn’t just a commemoration of what the Jews ate during the Exodus. It actually imbues us with a vital spiritual nutrient called faith.
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4:25
Some people would never buy used goods. “Oh no, I only buy new things.” G‑d actually likes refurbished goods. Find out why.
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3:44
Do you suffer from it? Are you so detached that you can’t even recognize what your parents do for you as they are doing it? In some way, we all suffer from this syndrome. Life is a lot about healing ourselves from it.
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4:26
We worry at times how G-d will judge us. You needn't worry any longer. G-d tells us that we set His judgment barometer. The way we judge others is precisely the way He judges us
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4:48
Many claim to know what happened millions of years ago. Yet regarding what took place only over 3320 years ago, the giving of the Torah by G‑d, doubt is raised. If you’re in doubt, here’s something to consider.
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6:18
"If only I found the truth, I would be committed to it," many have said. Yet if our very pursuit of truth is without integrity, where will it lead us? This story reminds us to be truthful in our pursuit of truth.
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3:42
Often we think of peace as getting everyone to feel or think the same. Peace is actually not about being the same, it's about being different
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4:21
Sometimes we're overwhelmed by the dark challenges of life. They seem insurmountable, the darkness and negativity seem much more powerful than light. Listen to the wisdom of King Solomon and realize the advantage of good and light over evil and darkness.
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3:30
The most meaningful feeling is being touched. Do you know that you touch G-d quite often? When you do, make sure you’re touching Him in a positive way.
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5:10
It is so common for people to feel insignificant. As one of 7 billion, does my choice have any impact? Does it make any difference? Moses addressed this issue over 3,300 years ago.
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3:23
It's a choice we all make. We can argue until everyone knows how right we are, but we will probably be left unhappy. Our better option, stop proving ourselves right and choose to be happy.
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4:36
What are the deepest and most meaningful moments in people’s lives? Listen to anyone’s answer to this question and learn something profound about what is most real to us.
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3:20
The Only Real Insurance
What makes you feel secure? Your insurance plan, your past success or wealth? Sometimes, by stepping out of the environments that make us feel secure, we can achieve real security. Learn the power of the hut of faith.
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3:28
When we say someone is a good person, what does that mean? How should we define a good time? If we don't clearly define good, do we even know in which direction to head? This is a subject worth tackling! (Part 1 of 3 on “good and evil”)
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3:50
What is evil or negativity? Can we put a simple definition to negativity so it no longer remains vague? Discover that evil is actually the natural reality of a space empty of good. (Part 2 of 3 on “good and evil”)
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3:47
Is it realistic to believe that there will be a time without suffering, illness or death? How are we to understand the Messianic era? Once we understand good and evil, we can understand what the prophets mean when they say, "death will be swallowed up forever." (Part 3 of 3 on “good and evil”)
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3:32
While talking can accomplish a lot, silence can be golden. When we stop taking space and begin making space, there is suddenly room for innovation and creativity. More importantly, there is space for another person.
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3:01
The Kaddish prayer is all about G-d, and says nothing about death or our loved one. Why is it that one of the most important things we can do for a departed soul is to say Kaddish? What is the significance of this prayer?
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5:39
A Chanukah Lesson
True dedication is an old-school value that’s hard to find nowadays. It’s the ability to overlook yourself and become completely dedicated to the needs of another. Chanukah means “dedication,” and its story teaches us the secret of Jewish dedication.
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