Spirituality

Celebrating Life's Ups and Downs

Know there is reason behind everything, even if we don’t get it.

Judaism and The Comfort Book

Can Matt Haig’s book help you?

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.

Because You Can't Take It With You

One man's mission to give away all of his wealth.

I Ran 6.2 Miles without Stopping and Didn’t Collapse

Incredible life lessons I learned from this massive personal accomplishment.

Growing Up Catholic and My Grandmother’s Hidden Past

During WWII my European grandparents heroically fought against evil. My spiritual search would reveal my family’s shocking past.

The "Eye for an Eye" Fallacy

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

Hitler Saw Our Skills and Used Them to Destroy

We can find our strengths and use them to build.

Thank God for the Unanswered Prayers

Sometimes it’s the events that seem so wrong that end up saving us.

Where’s the Empathy?: On Punching a Flight Attendant in the Face

By nature, we tend to be self-centered, lazy and mean-spirited. Empathy doesn’t come naturally; it needs to be chosen.

The Talmud’s Guide to Crisis Management

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

Me and the Moai: What Was I Doing on a Remote Polynesian Island?

The statues forge a connection between the Polynesian ancestors and members of the community. I, too, have been looking to reconnect to the chain of my ancestors.

Eat Your Popcorn with Chopsticks: How to Bring Wonder into Your Daily Life

Inject freshness into the mundane by changing up how you do things.

Did I Lock the Door? Living with OCD

OCD lives in the world of doubt and uncertainty, in those horrible words, “But what if...?”

Covid and Looking Out For Each Other

It's understandable to think first about yourself during the pandemic, but we must also make a concentrated effort to give.

Facing Life's Challenges, You Are Not Alone

Keep this in mind when you feel submerged in darkness.

What Is Freedom?

Yosef Mendelovitch was free even while behind bars in a Soviet prison.

You Are Going to Hell: Growing Up Jewish in a Small Canadian Town

I was keenly aware that I was different than the non-Jews around me. It didn’t help that my best friend often reminded me that I was going to hell because I was Jewish.

My Nazi Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

At age 38 Jennifer Teege, a black German, discovered that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the villain of Schindler's List.

Mark Moskowitz's Story: In Prison for Defrauding Investors, I Turned My Life Around

Locked in a cell with no cell phone, Mark Moskowitz faced his demons.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Why do human beings undergo a mini-death every night?

Love Means Going the Extra Mile

Why was the miracle of the oil considered greater than the miracle of winning the war?

Why was the Menorah Burning for 8 Days Such a Big Miracle?

Growing up, Hanukkah – and just about everything about Judaism – seemed vacuous and superficial. Then I started to learn.

Thanking God for Not Getting Shot

Taking things for granted is one of the biggest – and most common – mistakes we make in our relationships. What can we do about it?

Why Blessings Matter

Thank God for thankfulness. Saying blessings can transform your life.

Magnify Your Genius: Michael Jordan and Staying in Your Strength Zone

Instead of push out of your comfort zone, the most successful people push themselves within their strength zone.

Footprints of Gratitude: How I Got Out of My Florida Funk

When everything was going wrong, it was my son’s fearless resilience that opened my eyes and helped me find a glimmer of gratitude.

Can You Have Your Fake Pork and Eat It Too?

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

Self-Compassion: Key to Greater Happiness and More Positive Relationships

Self-compassionate people are also better equipped to cope with stressful life events and boost their resilience in the face of challenges.

What Happened When I Had No Money at the Toll Booth

Making meaningful moments throughout our day.

Dr. Henry Heimlich and Being Someone's Angel

Proactive step up and step in to make a difference in the lives of others.

Remembering the Mensch of Malden Mills

Aaron Feuerstein recently died at the age of 95. He was an icon of integrity and generosity.

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.

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.

Thomas Edison’s Mother: The Power of Words

Words can be weapons that diminish and destroy, or they can be tools and instruments that create, encourage and uplift.

My Broken Wrist: Three Takeaways

Yep, I fell and broke my wrist. And it's very frustrating to type these words with a cast.

Mammogram: My Fear of Cancer and Learning to Trust in God

My cancer scares have forced me to struggle with the reality that everything that happens to me is for my good.

Go Out with Your Spouse and Kids

Covid is waning. Make the conscious decision to get back to your good habits, now.

My DIY Project and Our Fierce Drive for Independence

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

Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Living a Jewish Life

My eating disorder is the elephant in the room in my marriage and is a constant in my life.

Was That Odd, Or Was That God?

Coincidence or providence – it all depends how you choose to look at it.

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.

Turning Pain into Purpose: Empathy as an Engine to Do Good

What drove two young sisters to save the life of a drowning father?

Empower Your Jewish Journey

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