About the Author


Nesanel Yoel Safran

Nesanel Yoel Safran is a writer, chef, and a teacher/student of Jewish spirituality. He blends these assorted vocations on his blog, Soul Foodie, where you can join him on mystical cooking adventures and glean practical wisdom for the kitchen – and for living. https://soulfoodiecom.wordpress.com/


The Secret to Happiness

Happiness has a secret formula. On Sukkot - the Jewish 'happiness festival' - the Torah asks us...

Wake Up and Make Up

If we get into an argument or fight with someone (and everybody does, at least sometimes),...

Don't Be Spoiled

We have to be careful that good things and good fortune don't make us spoiled. In this week's...

Courage of Convictions

True courage is the strength to stand up for our values. In this week's Torah portion (Deut....

Nobody's Fool

Purposely fooling people or giving them bad advice is wrong. In this week's portion (Deut. 27:18...

Keeping Clean

Keeping ourselves and our surroundings clean is an important Torah value. In this week’s...

It's No Joy To Destroy

We shouldn't destroy, deface, damage or waste things for no good reason. In this week's Torah...

Only Imitate the Great

We have to be careful not to copy people's bad behavior. In this week's portion (Deut. 12:30-31)...

Take Success In Stride

We shouldn't let success go to our heads. This week's Torah portion (Deut. 8:11-14) reminds us...

Junking Jealousy

It's natural to feel jealous when we see that someone has something that we don't. But jealousy...

Just Ask

We don't have to be embarrassed to ask for help. In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 1:9-13)...

Accidentally On Purpose

There's a difference between doing something by accident and doing it on purpose. In this week's...

Commit To It!

We should keep to our commitments and not try to get out of them. In this week's Torah portion...

Family Ties

A caring family is more precious than gold. In this week's Torah portion (Num. 27:4) a man's...

Temper Control

We always lose when we lose our temper. In this week's Torah portion, Bilaam makes a fool of...

Being Generous

We shouldn't be stingy or mean. In this week's Torah portion (Num. 20:14-20), Moses and the...

Peace Keeping

We can all be peacemakers or warmongers - it's our choice. In this week's Torah portion, Korach...

Don't Be Afraid

We shouldn't be intimidated. In this week's Torah portion, instead of bravely entering the land...

Persistence Pays

When something's important to us, we shouldn't give up easily. This week's Torah portion (Num....

When 'No' Means 'Yes'

Sometimes saying 'no' to ourselves can make us even happier than saying 'yes.' In this week's...

The Right to Help

Helping isn't a burden—it's a privilege. In this week's portion, we learn that it was the...

A Little Respect

It's great to be respectful. The upcoming day of Lag B'Omer is special for many reasons. One of...

Watch Out For Words

Words can be weapons. In this week's Torah portion (Lev. 25:17) the Torah teaches us the...

Family First

Families are important and we should be willing to go out of our way for ours. In this week's...

Revenge Is NOT Sweet

Just because someone isn't nice to us, it doesn't permit us not to be nice to him. In this...

Don't Follow the Herd!

It's natural to act like the people around us - but sometimes we shouldn't. In this week's Torah...

You're a Success!

What makes a person a winner? In this week's Torah portion (Lev. 14:21) we learn how someone...

Bite Your Tongue

Our mouths are powerful weapons - they can be used either for the good or for the bad. In this...

Speak Up!

When is it right to get involved in other people's business? When we can help them. In this...

Don't Get Offended

The less we let ourselves feel insulted by other people's comments or opinions of us, the...

Forgive Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes - sometimes even big ones. In this week's Torah portion (Lev. 3:20) we...

Rays of Praise

Don't just tell people when they've done something wrong - tell them when they've done something...

Everyone Can Teach

Every one of us is a teacher. In this week's Torah portion (Ex. 35:34), God gives Betzalel the...

Danger: Anger

A short fuse makes a person lose. In this week's Torah portion (Ex. 34:6) we learn that God is...

Rules Are Tools

Nobody likes to be told he has to do something. Yet rules and obligations are often necessary...

Making a House a Home

A home is more than just a building with walls, ceilings and floors. It's a place to live, learn...

Welcome!

It's hard to be a newcomer - a new kid in class or the neighborhood - amongst old friends who...

Dignified Inside and Out

The way we act and dress says a lot about who we are. This week's Torah portion (Ex. 20:23)...

Facing Fear

We all get afraid at times, but we don’t have to let our fear get the best of us. In this...

On the Fast Track

It's a good trick to know how to be quick. In this week's Torah portion, God takes Jewish people...

Believe You Can Do It!

We can do more than we think we can. In this week's Torah portion (Ex. 6:12), Moses lacks the...

You Have the Right ... Not to Do Wrong

If somebody tells us to do something we think is wrong to do, we don't have to do it. In this...

Promises, Promises...

Keeping promises is an important Torah value. In this week's Torah portion (Gen. 47:31), Joseph...

Patch Things Up

Just because we had a quarrel or fight with someone doesn't mean we can't make up. In this...

Real Greatness

What makes someone a winner? Is it your looks, talents and accomplishments, or is it your values...

No Tall Tales

We shouldn't make up stories about people that make them look bad or can cause them to get into...

Take Care of Your Stuff

Taking proper care of our possessions is an important value. In this week's Torah portion (Gen....

Shame on ... Nobody!

Not embarrassing people is a major Torah value. In this week's Torah portion, Rachel gives up...

Siblings, Get Along?

Why are the people closest to us, our siblings, often the hardest to get along with? In this...

Speaking With Parents

A parent is more than just another person and should be treated with special respect. In our...

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