Spirituality

Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart: How’s That Fair?

If Pharaoh’s actions are imposed upon him by God, how can he be held accountable and be punished for those actions?

My Broken, Tarnished Faith

How a twisted Star of David became the perfect representation of my connection to Judaism.

There is a Pharaoh and Moses Inside Each of Us

Are we perpetually enslaved to our inner doubts, despair and anger?

The Meaning of Dr. Seuss’s Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose

A cautionary tale about being complicit in our own oppression.

A Key to Finding Inner Peace: Understand Your Emotional Pain

If we have the courage to listen to our pain and learn from it, we will find inner peace and empowerment.

In Zimbabwe, Unraveling Mysterious Jewish Roots

One woman’s incredible, complex journey to Judaism – a century in the making.

What's the Difference between Happiness and Pleasure?

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

Holy Dumpster Diving

A painter accidentally threw our mezuzahs into the garbage.

Her Final Hours of Life, A Deathbed Miracle

Concrete lessons from a miracle I personally witnessed.

How to Minimize Worrying and Enjoy the Present

Purim shows us how to accept living with the unknown.

The Hesitant Hero: Queen Esther vs Volodymr Zelensky

There’s more than one way to be a Jewish hero.

The 4 Happiness Habits of Purim

How to live a life filled with happiness.

President Zelensky's Heroism

Because he knows what he's willing to die for, he knows what he's living for.

All-Star NBA Coach Jim Cleamons Walks the Talk

Jim Cleamons, coach to Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Scottie Pippen, on the key ingredients to reach your greatness.

A Jew in a Jesuit School

Anytime the professor, a pastor, pondered a question about Jewish practice, she’d call on me and wait for my answer. I never had one.

Princess Zelda and Queen Esther: How the Legend of Zelda Helped Me Understand Purim

Facing a towering dungeon boss, you already have what you need to be victorious.

Nightbirde's Gift to Humanity: Through Her Death We Can Learn How to Live

Inspiring lessons from the America's Got Talent contestant who recently passed away from cancer.

Urban Myths and Misconceptions about Judaism

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

Wear It On Your Face: How Smiling Changes You and the People Around You

It's easy to change the world. Start with a smile, and see where that leads you.

You Are Someone's Lifeline: A Hassidic Tale of the Holocaust

How the Rabbi of Bluzhov and his friend were miraculously saved from death.

Revealing The Soul of an Artist

By his mid-twenties celebrity photographer Jared Bernstein was part of the inner circle of rock stars, actors, and real estate moguls. Why did he walk away from it all?

Surviving My Near Fatal Marriage

And discovering the healing power of forgiveness.

Real Diamonds have Imperfections

They're not flaws – they're inclusions that make them so precious.

How to Maintain Your Connection with a Deceased Parent

How can I “give” something to my father who is no longer alive?

The Secret of the Jewish Leap Year

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

How Do I Figure Out My Life’s Direction?

College students struggle figuring out what they’re going to do with their life. Here’s some practical guidance.

Judaism, Astrology, and Fate

How I stopped looking to the future and learned to make the most of now.

Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Your mission is to play the best music you can with the tools you were given.

My Story of Sexual Abuse

It’s time to free myself from the shackles of shame.

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.”

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.

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