Spirituality

What's the Difference between Happiness and Pleasure?

While pleasure is in the moment, happiness lasts a lifetime.

Urban Myths and Misconceptions about Judaism

Like you can't get buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo.

The Secret of the Jewish Leap Year

The intricate science and philosophy behind reconciling the lunar and solar calendars can leave one speechless.

God, Paradox, and the Holocaust: When Our Minds Cannot Understand

The inability to fully grasp the nature of God is humbling and frustrating, and forces us to “live with the question.”

How Can Judaism Command to Know God Exists?

Either you believe in God, or you don’t. If you do, the commandment is redundant. If you don’t, it’s irrelevant.

The "Eye for an Eye" Fallacy

The phrase doesn’t mean what you think it means.

The Talmud’s Guide to Crisis Management

Jewish wisdom on how to get going when the going gets tough.

Can You Have Your Fake Pork and Eat It Too?

Should we be disgusted by the idea of eating imitation pork?

Myth: You Can’t get Buried in a Jewish Cemetery If You have a Tattoo

Not true, you can. Having a tattoo won’t prevent you from getting buried in a Jewish cemetery.

What is the Meaning of An Eye for an Eye?

The Torah isn't talking about punitive damages; it’s speaking of compensatory, or monetary damages.

My DIY Project and Our Fierce Drive for Independence

Why do we derive greater satisfaction when exert our independence and do it ourselves?

Why Believing in God Should Make You More Kind

The most concrete way we can connect to God is treating each other with kindness. The rest is commentary. Go learn.

Heaven and Hell Explained

The afterlife is the place where the person you chose to be encounters the person you had the potential to be. That shouldn’t make you nervous.

Why God Matters: What Gives Life Meaning?

Whether you believe in God or not, we all need to wrestle with the question: Is there meaning in life?

Is Life Meaningless Without Free Will?

Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology Uri Maoz joins Beyond Belief to explore what science has to say about the nature of Free Will.

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Changing and becoming more than we are is one of the most difficult things in the world.

Why Jews are the People of the Moon

What is the deeper meaning behind the small moon looking as big as the vast sun?

Unmasked: Purim and the Meaning of Anti-Semitism

Esther hid her Jewish identity. Revealing it saved the Jewish nation.

Shevat: Gateway to Eternal Life

How does winter symbolize the bursting forth of life? Exploring the depth of Tu B'Shvat

Soul: Insights from the Hit Film

Jewish perspectives on the afterlife, purpose, and who you really are.

Was There a Hanukkah Miracle?

If ever there were evidence of supernatural intervention in human affairs, it would have to be in the realm of the medical.

Seeing 20/20, Even In 2020

Hanukkah teaches us how to see beyond the surface.

A Primer on the Theology of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

A summary of his key concerns, beliefs and recipes for a better future.

Hush!: The Month of Cheshvan

Now is the time to reflect and integrate the spiritual insights gleaned from the holiday season.

Jewish Burial: Sacred Kindness

Some explanations for the laws and customs of Jewish burial.

The Hum of the Universe: The Month of Tishrei

According to the Jewish mystics, everything in the world is singing.

Life's Two Essentials

Both our bodies and our souls require sustenance and nourishment.

Tangled Up in Crowns

Moses, Rabbi Akiva, Bob Dylan, and how to learn midrash.

How I’m Coping with the Loss of My Adult Son

My son’s sudden death left me grief stricken and confused.

Seasons of the Moon: Av– IBM and The Nazis

How were the Nazis able to carry out the Holocaust - something extremely complex - without a computer?

Seasons of the Moon: Tammuz – The Burning of the Torah

Where one burns books one will in the end burn people.

Seasons of the Moon: Sivan - Hearing is Believing

Why do we say, "Hear O Israel!" rather than "See O Israel"?

Feel-Good Judaism

Receiving the Torah requires the courage to bid farewell to our pre-conceived notions and to subjugate our ego to radical transcendence.

Seasons of the Moon: Iyar – The Power of Connectivity

A mystical look at the meaning of this Jewish month.

Horse or Rider: Who Are You?

Understanding the human being’s inner conflict of desires.

Under Lockdown: The Festival of Freedom

What COVID-19 has to teach us about real freedom.

The Seventh of Adar: Haman and the Death of Moses

A deep analysis into the connection between Purim, Moses and the Oral Law.

Disney, God, and the Fairy Godmother in Heaven

We want a God who's granting all our wishes and making our dreams come true – whether they're good for us or not.

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