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Editorial & Commentary

What’s special about an act of kindness is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, by anyone. It is the ultimate equalizer.
I am an oasis of peace and serenity, a home to so many, a place of refuge for a nation that flees; I am the source of controversy and conflict, of fighting and bloodshed, a land that weeps in fear and pain while suffering constant beatings from the world.
Try This: No Swearing for One Week
It was at that moment—when she described something as “silly” instead of using a term that was a little saltier—that it struck me. My new friend never swore.
8 Issues We All Grapple With (and the Torah’s Solution for Each)
We think that it only happens to us. But most of the issues people grapple with happen to everyone. That's why G‑d sets up a system of living that help us avoid the pitfalls most people deal with.
13 Ideas to Help Avoid Conflict
Our sages tell us that peace is the greatest blessing, and that it’s what G‑d wants most for and from us.
10 Steps to Knowing Yourself
"Only I can be who I was created to be, and do what I was created to do."
Makes Great Sense: 8 Daily Practices for Optimal Living
Recognize your weak spots, but don’t avoid them.
12 Steps to Attaining Inner Peace
Surround yourself with harmonious people. You become like the people you spend the most time with.
11 Ways to Tell the Truth
Is your friend fuming because you disappointed them for the 100th time? Are you running late again? Did you tell an itsy-bitsy “white lie”?
10 Paths to Becoming a More Spiritual Person
Aren’t we all looking for greater spirituality in our lives?
The Story of a Tree: Condemned to Death, It Lives On
Anyone with any knowledge about the natural way of trees would say it should have died.
Learning to Be Your Own Cheerleader
As my daughter grows and reaches new milestones, I cannot help but watch my reactions to her with a kind of curiosity.
Who Is ‘Ani’? On the Path to Discovering Me
By improving my relationship with myself, there is a ripple effect in my home and an improvement in my relationships with others.
The Myth of Doing and Having It All
We’re given a message through advertising and social media that you can or should do it all. We’re being sold that success is doing everything right, and, of course, doing all that as you appear beautiful and calm.
8 Ways to Stop Yelling (and Be Heard)
Yelling causes damage, irreparable damage, to the environment, to our relationships, to our psyches and nervous systems, and to our mental and physical health.
When I Gave My Necklace to a Woman With Cancer
When I follow my inner voice—what I call “a whisper from G‑d”—without question or hesitation, I never know where it will lead.
9 Ways to Talk Like a Jew
We may not remind people of their past misdeeds, insult someone, tease them, bully them, threaten them or in any way use words to cause them pain or anguish. Even hinting at something that might cause them pain is not allowed.