My Holocaust Survivor Babi Gave Me Permission to Love G-d Now
I had started to feel bad, as if I was supposed to be so mad at G-d regarding the events of October 7 that it would affect our personal connection.
Shabbat: A Time Beyond Roles, Labels and Doing
Discover the transformative power of Shabbat as it invites you to peel back the layers of identity, unmasking your true self and essence.
From Bread Lines to Blessings: How I Learned to Be Grateful for Food
Growing up in the former Soviet Union, we constantly worried about rationing the next meal.
The Family Friend Who Stole Mom’s Grocery Money
I heard Mom go into the closet and take out her pocketbook, go back into the kitchen and then scream, “My money is gone. The whole $12. That was my food money for the week! What will we eat?”
A Volcanic Revelation: Shabbat in Guatemala
Follow the journey of a young professional as she explores Guatemala and reflects on her Jewish identity.
A Visit to Poland With Chabad Young Professionals
Context, Unity, Purpose
After seeing the movies, reading the books, visiting the museums and hearing the stories, I was ready to go to ground zero of the Holocaust and take upon myself what I saw as an obligation for every Jew (and the more I think about it, every human): Go see for yourself what humanity is capable of.
Creating Emotional Sobriety Through Prayer
Chana wasn’t drunk. But she taught me how to be sober.
I’ve Lost Control and Am in G-d’s Hands
I pray that I will be able to take care of myself for a long time.
Hearing G-d’s Message Through My Magazine Editors
My focus is total as I connect completely to the ebb and flow of my story.
The Keepsake: My Elderly Neighbor’s Frying Pan
“I want you to have this. I won’t be needing it anymore,” she said.
Faith Reconfirmed in a First-Time Uber Ride
I awoke that morning with hesitancy; I ended the day with gratification.
Life Lessons From Three Broken Blue Bowls
Each of the shattered bowls reminds me that G‑d is the only constant in our lives, there when we need His loving care to remake us in a new and better way.
A Rather Scary Hike and Learning to Fear No One but G-d
I should have remembered from prior visits that there are two parking lots, and they are hard to find. But it was not at the forefront of my mind.
A Way With Words
Words have a life of their own; moreover, they embody permanence.
10 Steps for Setting Your Soul Free
The first step is to remember that all of your symptoms are not the actual issue that needs to be addressed; they are the warning bells.
The View From Over the Clouds
Humans can only see so far, but if we had the ability to view everything through G‑d’s eyes, we’d see the “sunshine,” the goodness, in all He created.
Is the Freezing Snow Getting to You?
How can I use these cold and dark winter months to spiritually soar?
The Tree of Life, and the Pacemaker That Keeps My Sister Alive
The Torah’s teachings, like the tree, provide support, faith and encouragement. The good deeds we do are its fruit. I needed to hold on to its support now as I remembered the prayers that were being said in synagogue for my sister.
Lessons From a Broken Wall Clock
Some things that the rebbetzin did, however, were less easy to fathom. I noticed that whenever I visited the Chabad House, the hands on the wall clock weren’t moving. The time was perpetually 2 p.m.
The Power of One: Doing What We Can
I felt sick. Where are you, G‑d, in all of this?
The Fireman G-d Sent to Save a Life
Recently, they experienced an event that has shaken their professed lack of belief.
Overcoming My Disordered Eating
What Was Starving Was My Soul
I was finally able to fill the gnawing emptiness inside when I found the spiritual nourishment I was craving.
The Impossible Dream of a Chinese Girl in Singapore
Standing next to the small table with prepared candles, I saw a young girl hiding in the shadows.
A Nightly Meditation to Elevate Faith
Feel G‑d shaping and fashioning you into the person you are meant to be, revealing the inner beauty and light that lay waiting in potential within your soul.
Her Death Showed the Love That She Had Created
It didn’t surprise me that Rivka’s family elected to erect the stone earlier to provide this tribute as soon as they could to the wife and mother whom they accompanied as far as death’s door.
What I Secretly Fear About the Coming of Moshiach
Moshiach is not only a solution for our pain in this life. If that’s what I believe, then why would I risk upheaval for the sake of something that doesn’t affect me in this moment?
Thoughts While Rocking My Baby at 2:30 in the Morning
Something inside my head is trying to remind me to be grateful for this little guy, but at 2:30 am, all I want to be grateful for is my bed.
The Dance of the Dreaded Dish Towels
As I formulate my battle plan to beat the morning rush, I ponder an old, unanswered question. What is it that drives dish towels to the floor from whichever spot they are hung or perched?
Facing My Decision: Why Stay Religious?
I was sure that my future would not hold the religious beliefs I had grown up with. To me, the rules and guidelines I was forced to keep in school were all that was keeping me religious.
A Rite of Passage for a Boy With ADHD
The night we met with the cantor, my almost-13-year-old son announced: “I’m a scientist, and also I’m an atheist.”
Why I Pray Every Day
I start my day stressed out, and it usually progresses that way until bedtime. ..
There Will Be No Tears?
I demand of my heart, no tears at Auschwitz.
Permanently Attached to My Wedding Ring
It has to be simple and unadorned, but its significance is far from simple.
What She Saw in the Mirror
Interesting, she didn’t say that she’s tired or overwhelmed or overworked, but weak; the woman actually thinks that she is weak.
Three Passages to Inspire Serenity
I’ve read the Tehillim portion in English on trains, buses, in Starbucks coffee shops and anywhere necessary to stick to my commitment.
‘Tenks Gott’
My Tantrum With G-d
I can handle your tantrum because I know three things with absolute certainty.
Finding G-d
I believe in G‑d. Even before I became Torah observant, I felt His hand dancing through the events of my life. I saw purpose behind both the good and the bad, the happy and the painful.
Trying to Stand Steady After a Childhood Adrift
I found myself in a murky world, sailing around and around and around in excruciating circles. There was often no seashore in sight.
Why G-d Didn't Let Me Make My Flight
I woke up feeling like I shouldn’t fly. And while I know people who’ve altered their plans on a feeling, I was never one of them; I refused to let fear make my choices.
What My Fitbit Taught Me
This tiny watch has actually taught me something valuable about the way we approach our lives on a daily basis.
When the Losers are Really the Winners
It began with a late-night text from Dena, a close friend of mine: “Don’t want you to worry, but we had a fire. Thank G‑d, we managed to get out in time, but the house is gone.”
A Special Synagogue
Are You in the Dark, Too?
We learn our uniquely designed lessons from our limitations and from our lows. Somehow, we need the darkness for our essence to emerge as well.
Not Mediocre
She lived in the Chabad center where I worked, but we rarely ever saw her, save for the few times a day when she came outside for a smoke, wearing dirty pajamas and mumbling to herself.