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When Saying Nothing Is the Right Thing to Say
I tried to explain to my friend how people react to grief and mourning differently. Looking back, I wish I could take back my words. In a misguided attempt to make her “feel better” or “fix the situation,” I was negating her emotions.
Nutrition in the News: Is It Kosher?
Shemini
So we’ve come to realize the subtle but potentially dire effects on our food, but do we ever consider our food’s spiritual “profiles”? Does the food or drink that we consume affect us on a spiritual plane, on a soul level, influencing our character and natural tendencies?
Is It All About Getting Spiritually High?
Our natural human desire to get close to G-d sometimes leads us to pursue methods of religious ecstasy. Yet our human desire to be close to G-d may well be at odds with G-d’s divine desire to be close to us.
The Mitzvot You Don't Enjoy
Do you prefer some parts of Judaism over others? What do you do about the unexciting parts?
The Festivals Are a Great Equalizer
Even the uninformed are regarded as “pure” during the major festivals. Why?
Can Kosher Make Sense?
An Essay on Parshat Shemini
The distinction between the permitted animals and the forbidden animals raises a question that has occupied many commentators.
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