About the Author

Rabbi Leiby Burnham

Leiby Burnham, CSW, is a rabbi, psychotherapist, and writer. He lives in Detroit with his wife, an ICU nurse, who is on strict orders to "leave her patients at work" and their three daughters, Orah, Shifra and Rachel. Rabbi Burnham works for the Jean and Theodore Weiss Partners in Torah program of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, where he does community outreach, and runs a Jewish educational programs at University of Michigan, Wayne State, and Oakland University. He taught learning-disabled high school students for eight years in NYC, while receiving Rabbinical training at Shor Yoshuv Institute, and obtaining his Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University.

The Monkey Trap

Knowing when it’s time to let go of the candy.

Too Many Flavors

Is online dating decreasing the chances for a happy marriage?

Little Big Things

Sometimes when you least expect it, you hit jackpot.

The Immigrant Seder

Passover ensures we retain the burning passion to get ahead.

Halo: Reach?

Do violent video games have a detrimental effect on our psyche?


Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Living in the Age of Narcissism.

Taking Stock of Apple

Spiritual lessons from Apple Inc.

The Cat Position

Are you uncomfortable yet?

Diary of a Wimpy Writer

Do you know what your child is reading?

Four-Letter Words

Is there anything wrong with swearing?

Too Much Work

Is the goal of life not to experience pain?

The Big Day

My brother was the little train no one thought could. Did he ever prove everyone wrong.

War Games

Life is best played with a strategy.

The Naked Truth

Is photographer Spencer Tunick serving the advancement of society?

Goering and My Grandmother

Leading a secret life as a Jewish resistance fighter, you just never know who you're going to meet.

Horsing Around

My giant horse Miguel made me ask: Am I a body or a soul?

Stuck in JFK

Your everyday actions can affect the entire world.


Shortcuts: the quick way to nowhere.

Japanese or French?

How do you plan on leaving the month of Tishrei?

Sukkot: Turning Nothing into Something

Sukkot is about finding what would otherwise be thrown away and wasted, and injecting it with purpose.

Eli Whitney's Rosh Hashanah Resolution

This Rosh Hashanah make sure your resolutions are S.M.A.R.T.

Love Letters or Casserole?

The proper path to romance, and Elul.

Random Goodness

The quickest route to being a good guy.

Hypermiling Your Life

How to maximize mileage for the most important journey you'll ever take.


Living on the edge.

Nothing is Rotten in the State of Denmark

Why is Denmark the happiest place in the world?

Don't Know Much 'Bout History

Why God cares if you crack open your history book.

The Last Moments: Will You Consider This Year a Great Success or Failure?

A lot depends on the next few weeks.

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