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Can We Ever Really Change?
How can we change outward actions into penetrating, moving actions that transform our attitude?
Are Mysteries Supposed to Stay Mysteries?
Is it OK to sneak a peek behind the veil that shrouds the commandments and attempt to unravel their mysteries?
Know Your Place ... and Step Into It
Without humility, it’s impossible to look in the mirror and assess yourself realistically. Either your flaws will be invisible so that you can’t work on them, or in your overly critical mind, the only thing you can see are your weaknesses, and you will be mired in dysfunctional despair.
Bitachon
Are you hero or victim? The hero who never cries nor feels the fear, the panic, the regrets that are part and parcel of his condition? The victim who never encounters his bravery nor feels the transcendent power of rising above death, if only for a moment? Neither have bitachon...
Punishments or Gifts?
For years I perceived G‑d as an onlooker on my life
So, we answer the soul’s call. We learn about our roots, about the heritage bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and we make the transition to the Jewish way of life. Yet something is amiss . . .
A Leader with Humility?
Being a Jew requires forcefulness and a commanding nature—qualities seemingly incompatible with humility . . .
Trust Your Partner
We can talk at great length about our faith in G‑d and our trust in His absolute wisdom, goodness and beneficence. But do we put our money where our mouths are?
But He Doesn't Even Know
We have a responsibility not only to help others and protect their dignity, but also to ensure that we refine and develop a sensitive, compassionate and respectful identity for ourselves.
Count Down to Charity
The wealthy fellow politely explained how he would love to give but can’t, because he already gave his share of charity for the year . . .
Effort That Really Counts
Unlike other sciences, Torah study is not about accumulating knowledge. Unlike other self-help books and religious manuals, the Torah is not only about learning “how” to observe . . .
The Humble Mountain Paradox
If G‑d wanted to teach us a lesson in humility, why give the Torah on a mountain in the first place? Wouldn’t a valley be a better representation of humility?
Uncomfortable or Inspiring Truth? Depends How You Look at It
Why is it that two people can witness the same event but have opposite accounts of what transpired?
So Where Do I Get an Interest-Free Loan?
Our entire existence is on loan from G-d. The question is, can we make the divine loan into a divine investment?
Can You Get G-d?
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Can You Get G-d?
In order to get some intimation of the Infinite One Who is beyond all conception, the mind naturally fills in what is inconceivable with ideas that are logical and comprehensible. A still deeper appreciation of Infinity thus requires a certain hollowing out of the mind.
Are You Missing the Entire Point?
An Essay on Parshat Bechukotai
It is only natural for a person to automatically justify the practices to which he has grown accustomed.
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