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The Rabbi Who Lost His Wife, but Danced at a Wedding
The dancing that had previously felt like a dishonor to the grief and sorrow now took its place in juxtaposition to the celebration. With unbelievable inner strength, he had carved out a space in his heart for both emotions to rest.
Remember to Feed Your Soul (and Your Pet)
A Parable for Our Lives
We do all kinds of things to make ourselves happy, but if we don’t fulfill our basic needs, then nothing will work and nothing will help.
4 Strategies for More Meaningful Conversations
Studies show that social interactions, even if very brief, leave us feeling more satisfied and happy.
12 Ways on the Road to Success
When your success is linked to the success of others, you have a greater chance of success because you’re working for the common good.
11 Ways the Torah Fills Us With Oxytocin
There are so many stress triggers in our often overwhelming lives. Living an authentic Jewish life helps reduce our stress while heightening our spirituality.
11 Ways Not to Feel Bitter
While feeling bitter may be justified in our eyes, it’s not a way to endear ourselves to others or improve our predicament. Moreover, it punishes us more than anyone else.
9 Simple Ways to Perform Acts of Kindness
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 Israel ...
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.
10 Great Things About Growing Old
We live in a youth culture that idolizes youth and prizes innovation. Judaism, however, while recognizing the benefits of youth, vaunts the wisdom and experience of old age, and urges us to respect and listen to the older generation.
9 Ways to Love Yourself More
Loving yourself and knowing your strengths are vital to being a successful person. Here's how to do it.
9 Ways Judaism Teaches Us to Be Kind to Animals
The Torah instructs us to be kind to animals, and to treat them with respect and consideration because they are creations of G‑d.
Seven Ways to Look Like a Jew
We’ve all heard the expression, “Funny you don’t look Jewish,” or “I knew you were Jewish by just looking at you.” Jews seem to have internal radar for identifying one another. It isn’t just a Semitic appearance or the Je ne sais quoi of Jewishness. It is, actually, the neshamathe Jewish “soul” radiating outwards that we recognize in each other.
Phone Charger? Spiritual Boost!
We need to plug in. We need to recharge our spiritual batteries. What good is our life and our actions in this world if they are devoid of spiritual energy?
Pearls Back in Style? Their Preciousness Never Left!
The natural process that forms pearls is something many of us can relate to.
10 Ways to Be Happy Right Now
There are two ways to live life: focus on what you lack (and you’ll be miserable) or focus on what you have (and you’ll be happy). It’s as simple as that.
4 Ways to Find Balance
Modern women feel pulled in too many directions.
Noticing Moments of Grace
I usually focus more on the more powerful nuclear reactions, where there is a very evident immediate effect. But who is to say that these subtle moments of grace are not at least as powerful, if not more so?
Shalom, Shalo! My Husband’s New ‘Miraculous’ Caretaker
If the pragmatic circumstances of Shalo’s life gave me pause, the physical crises he had endured and wondrously overcome from birth onward completely bowled me over.
How to Be Happy
Life is hard. So many painful, disturbing and distressing events occur to us and to the world around us. Can we really be joyful in this kind of environment?
Why the Rabbi's Wife Is Off-Limits (And Will Stay That Way)
Did you know that there are no outright jokes about a rebbetzin? Are rebbetzins taboo?
How Missing My Flight Back Home Turned Me in the Right Direction
So many times in my life I had planned out my future, and so many times I had been handed the unexpected. It struck me at that moment that I was experiencing the hand of G‑d literally reaching into my life and changing the course of my future.
5 Misconceptions About Keeping Kosher
With a little education—and a lot of help, support and advice from friends and others in my life—I decided to take the kosher plunge.
A Feeling of Nostalgia . . . A Feeling of Home
What is that smell I love . . . the smell that cries out to my soul? It’s the smell of Shabbat cooking, whether it’s matzah-ball soup or Moroccan fish, cholent, t’fina or kibbe hamda. It’s that smell of something special and familiar. The smell of Shabbat. The smell of home.
5 Concrete Ways to Wake Up Full of Energy
To be Jewish is to understand that there is much to do, that time is fleeting, and that each day affords us the priceless gift of life.
Life’s Little Challenges: How You Envision This Very Moment
The trait of a good eye is not just about seeing others with a good eye, but about seeing life in general with a good eye.
My Message to the Woman Stuck High on That Crane
I have questions. I’m still intrigued. But I am worried that the criminal charges will close that door. Why? Because I might see you as “other” and relate more to the “not me” part of your story.
The Soulful Tune that Awakens
My soul is awakened, as if it could hear someone calling its name. It stirs slowly at first and then begins to become fully alive, as if it finally has a purpose.
How a Portuguese King Found Solace in the Psalms of His Ancestors
What, if any, possible knowledge of their Jewish heritage or ancestors was transmitted to them? What did they know about being Jews, and did this have anything to do with choosing Jewish wives, or was that simply a “coincidence”?
Seven Awe-Inspiring Prayers That Jewish Women Say
Judaism offers prayers to say for every occasion. But a few prayers said by women offer a distinct path to communicate with the Divine.
I’ve Sinned. Now What?
Aware I was breaking Shabbat, even as I continued to exercise this fanatical and futile habit, I was bombarded by thoughts like “It’s too late,” “It’s done,” “Why stop now?”