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Rabbi Stephen Baars

Originally from London, Rabbi Stephen Baars resides in Washington D.C. and serves as Executive Director of Aish Seminars. He did nine years of post-graduate studies at the Aish HaTorah Rabbinical College in Jerusalem, and has been an educator and marriage counselor for the past 20 years. He is creator of the BLISS seminar, which was awarded a Federal Grant to help reduce the divorce rate in Washington DC. He studied and performed comedy in Los Angeles, and is known for imparting important ideas with creativity and humor. Rabbi Baars and his wife, Ruth, are blessed with seven children.

Self Fulfillment

Self Fulfillment

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"Wealth brings anxiety, but wisdom brings peace of mind." -- Rabbi Ibn Gevirol "Hi. I'm a doctor, what are you?" "I'm a lawyer, what are ...


Inheritance

Inheritance

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Would you be surprised if your child turned out less moral than you?


Objectivity is Relative

Objectivity is Relative

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"Many pens have been broken and seas of ink consumed to describe things that never happened." (Maimonides) Catholics, Moslems, Jews. Democrats, ...


Real New Age Religion

Real New Age Religion

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"Whatever has been, it is what will be. And whatever has been done, it is what will be done. There is nothing new under the sun! Sometimes a ...


How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

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"Wisdom is to the soul, as food is to the body." -- Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra The next time you sit down to eat a nice salad, give a little thought ...


Jewish Quest

Jewish Quest

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"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze ...


Festive Meal, Afikomen, Grace

Festive Meal, Afikomen, Grace

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Why are these part of the 15 steps to Freedom?


Sukkot and the Quality of Life

Sukkot and the Quality of Life

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The Sukkot holiday is the essence of everything we are striving for: meaning, fulfillment, purpose, happiness.


Know Thine Enemy

Know Thine Enemy

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If our innate desire is for good, why do we make so many mistakes?


Dreams and Limitations

Dreams and Limitations

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Limitations seem part and parcel of the human condition. But are limitations inborn? Or is it something we learn?


The Electronic Chuppah

The Electronic Chuppah

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New doesn't always come with improved.


Life Or Existence?

Life Or Existence?

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Newly Revised "There are those who are rich but have nothing and those who are poor but have everything." (Proverbs 13:7) When does death occur? ...


Purpose and Meaning

Purpose and Meaning

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Newly Revised "Insufficient funds." They aren't the worst words I have ever heard but they definitely don't make my day. Wouldn't life be just ...


Ten Days of Repentance

Ten Days of Repentance

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"Run not too far, for thou must return the same distance." (Midrash - Kohelet Rabbati 11) Every person will, at some point in his life, take an ...


Nobody Wants Your Sacrifices

Nobody Wants Your Sacrifices

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Why sacrifices?


The Cure for Marriage Blues

The Cure for Marriage Blues

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Do you believe it's possible to achieve marital bliss?


Shortcut Parenting

Shortcut Parenting

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More than any technique, your child needs your time, your concern and your caring.


Vayishlach 5759

Vayishlach 5759

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"Friendship is one heart in two bodies." Ibn Ezra (Torah commentator) I will always remember that night. It was bitterly cold. The front ...


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