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If not now, when?
A young married couple had a child two years ago. They’re struggling to decide whether they should try to have another now, or hold out until they’ve got greater stability in their lives. So they wrote to me, and here’s how I responded: Yes, life with a c...
The Ultimate Victory of the Human Being
Chanukah is generally presented as a commemoration of a landmark victory for religious freedom and human liberty in ancient times. Big mistake. Chanukah’s greatest triumph is still to come—the victory of the human soul over artificial intelligence. Jewish...
So you've emptied your brain. Now what?
I like to sit and think. People think I’m mad. Try it.
A letter to a Jew at the doors of the next world
Even as the cold blade of a sharp sword lies upon your neck…
Getting down to the core of evil
It turns out that the greatest need of all is not to be needed, but to need others.
Sukkot Meditations for the Ultimate Tranquility
Sukkot is a season for total tranquility, total bliss, total reliance on the One Above. That's what we're saying when we leave our comfortable homes to sit in a makeshift hut that could be blown away with a single puff of a strong wind. It's also good to ...
DIY Soul Repair
Only you can fix yourself. What does a particular day of the year have to offer?
Is it possible we've gotten these holidays all wrong?
Maybe we’ve got everything 100% wrong. Because if we’re thinking the holidays are backward, it’s likely we’ve got their meanings backward.
On the lifelong journey to get out one sincere word.
The Tzemach Tzedek told Reb Hendel, when he came for private counsel: "Learning Zohar lifts up the soul. Learning Midrash wakes up the heart. Tehillim with tears washes out the person that holds this heart and this soul.” —Hayom Yom, 16 Tevet. One Preciou...
Squeezing Out the Jewish Heart
I can’t forget Reb Meir Levitt, the oldest member of our minyan in the 1990s. He was a survivor of Auschwitz, his life spared not only because he worked as a tailor, but through many open miracles which he would recount in awe. As he aged, his memory reac...
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