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Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

Consummate educator and internationally acclaimed speaker, Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller has been a full-time lecturer at Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem since 1980, impacting the lives of thousands of women worldwide. She is the author of six popular books, including Here You Are, Battle Plans, and This Way Up. She recently launched a daily video program based on the timeless Jewish wisdom of "Duties of the Heart." Learn how to channel your emotions to experience every day with purpose, meaning, and joy at: dutiesoftheheart.com


Cheshvan: Facing the Ordinary

Now is the time to put into action all the hopes, prayers and resolutions we made at the start of the Jewish New Year.

Elul: The Time for Closeness

With only 30 days left in the year, Elul is a time of yearning, forgiveness and return.

Life and Death in Har Nof

An update from Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller.

Fighting for Life in Har Nof

When my grandson and son-in-law got caught in the line of fire.

The Choice of Adar

Purim teaches us to appreciate the world's awesome beauty, amidst so much chaos and horror.

Shvat: Filling the Bucket

The spiritual significance of the month of Shvat.

The Incredible Month of Tishrei

Looking at the world from its inner spiritual core outward.

Tammuz: Forces of Nature

What can happen when we see everything as being fully within our grasp and under our control.

Sivan: The Mystical Power of Three

At Sinai we moved above and beyond, where the whole truth dwells.

The Radiance of Iyar

The power of turning the bitter into sweet, sickness into healing.

Av: Disaster and Consolation

The same covenant that promises suffering, promises redemption.

Tevet: Lost in Translation

Tevet is a time of return and redefinition.

Kislev: United Colors of the Rainbow

Each of us has to fight off darkness in his or her own way.

Lag B’Omer: The Beauty in Every Jew

This Lag B’Omer, take a moment to identify with another’s inner Godliness.

Nissan: Blossoms of Redemption

The month that moves us out of being enslaved to our egos.

Fit for a King

God never gives up on us.

The Passover Paradox

Exile means learning who we are not and who we would never want to be; redemption means discovering our true identity.

The Naysayer

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Why do we give voice to the negative instead of focusing on the positive?

A Meaningful Life

Waking up and listening to our inner voice.

The Commandment of Counting

Counting the Omer teaches us mindfulness, and opens our hearts to the power of stories.

What Is Time?

As spiritual beings, we are responsible for actualizing the potential holiness that God imbues in each moment.

Challah: The Divine Dough

How Jewish women can unleash the holiness of bread.

Sukkot and the Secret of Happiness

On Sukkot, we discover that happiness is never about having; it is about being.

Three Steps to Genuine Change

Getting free from our self-erected prison.

Power: Public and Private

The feminist movement has failed to recognize another, more subtle form of power: internal power.

The Seder: A Spiritual Journey

The Passover Seder is God's order for how to proceed from spiritual slavery to spiritual freedom.

Esther's Hidden Strength

Esther was a lonely orphan who developed within herself the unusual qualities of piercing through veils and touching all hearts.

The Villainy of Vashti

The character of Queen Vashti in the Purim story helps us define what it means to be a hero or a villain.

L'chaim to the Trees

Tu B'Shvat, the holiday of fruit trees, recalls the Garden of Eden, and the human quest for spiritual refinement.

Christmas in Brooklyn

My parents had no clue why they lit the electric menorah on Chanukah.

The Piercing Shaft of Light

Each of us has a dark spot concealed from ourselves due to overwhelming pain and shame. How do we turn on the lights?

Power of the Menorah

The seven branches represent the seven channels of spiritual self-expression, which can change you forever.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Book of Psalms is our response to God's love. An in-depth examination of one of the most famous psalms.

Jonah and the Whale

Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, teaching us about our spiritual voyage.

Asking God for Forgiveness

Skip the paralyzing guilt. The classical confession helps us maximize the power of the day.

God's Words

No day in history comes even close in the magnitude of its significance. It was a day when all the assumptions concerning life and its purpose were altered irrevocably.

Fooling Ourselves

One man's story of the self-deception and honesty that clashes inside all of us.

The Gender of God

By understanding God's manifestations in both male and female imagery, we can begin to unify our connection to the transcendence reality.

Men & Women: Jewish View of Gender Differences

The first human was created androgynous, giving us insight into male-female relationships.

Feminism and Judaism

Modern Feminism created a society in which women's contributions are largely unrecognized.

A Time to Weep

We avoid pictures from the Holocaust because we don't want to cry. But only tears open all the gates of heaven.

A Time to Cry

We avoid pictures from the Holocaust because we don't want to cry. But only tears open all the gates of heaven.

Feeling the Loss

On the 9th of Av we can understand the source of the senseless hatred that caused the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and dedicate ourselves to "senseless love."

Trusting God

When reading reports of hair-raising cruelty, trusting God means knowing that the answers to why Israel is under attack are there, even if they are not obvious at the moment.

The Sukkah Experience

In the very impermanence of the sukkah lies true security - we realize we are not alone!

Getting and Giving the Love You Need

Valentine's Day and our ambivalence about love.

Hot Air

Passover cleaning can liberate us from our most dangerous enemy -- our fragile egos.

Battle Plans

Strategies for winning your inner struggles.

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