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Rabbi Chaim Levine

A Moment of Purity in San Bernardino

Hanukkah and the power of “I got you.”

At Shoshi Stern’s Funeral

How do you say goodbye to your 12-year-old daughter?

How to Be a Hero to Your Kid

Planting and pruning: the two essential modes in parenting.

The Mystical Art of Passover Cleaning

How to put your ego in check and let your soul shine through.

Creating Diamonds

A visitor to victims of terror discovers a sense of family, optimism about the future, and an unbreakable spirit that carries them through their almost unbearable pain.

My response to Anti-Semitism

The cause of anti-Semitism is also the solution.

Understanding the Bat Mitzvah Attack

Our response to this terrorist tragedy must be activism, not despair.

Principles of the Soul: #13 - The Communication Lie

Spouses don't feel alienated from each other because they can't communicate; they feel alienated because all they are communicating is negativity.

Principle of the Soul: #12 - The Deeper Meaning of Physical Intimacy

It has the potential for intense holiness and intense corruption, depending who's at the helm -- your soul or your ego.

Principles of the Soul: #11 - Marriage and True Intimacy

Intimacy is ever-present and waiting to emerge as soon as the ego gets out of the way.

Principles of the Soul #10: The Mystical Art of Passover Cleaning

Finding and burning the chametz is akin to finding and purging the ego to let the soul shine through.

Principles of the Soul: #9 - Content vs. Context

One of Judaism's secrets to having healthy marriage: Step away from angry content to relate to your partner in context.

Principles of the Soul: #8 - Your Soul and Your Soulmate

The challenge of marriage is to come to a constant recognition that you are actually one unit.

Principles of the Soul: #7 - Purim, Soul and Your Role in History

Purim teaches us that nothing is random, and that every soul has a role to play in the Divine tapestry called history.

Principle of the Soul: #6 - Don't Wreck Your Life

When you are caught up in your ego -- whether you are scared, angry, nervous, or frustrated -- you are incapable of making a sane decision.

Principle of the Soul #5 - It's the Thought that Counts

Learning to separate ego-driven thinking from soul-inspired thinking is a challenge of growing spiritually.

Principles of the Soul: #4 - A View of the Universe

The ego says that external circumstances define how you should feel. The soul says that the controls are all internal. What do you think?

Principles of the Soul: #3 - Giving Vs. Taking

The struggle between your soul and your ego is over life-affirming giving and body-deteriorating taking.

Principles of the Soul: #1 - Your Essence

At your innermost point is a spark of pure Divinity: your soul. That essence gives you all the wisdom and perspective you need in life. (First in a series.)

Principles of the Soul #2: The Ego

Your ego is that inner voice that makes you act like an idiot. Silencing it may not be possible, but controlling it is.

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