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Nesanel Yoel Safran

Nesanel Yoel Safran, originally from Boston, is an Israel-based writer, as well as a student and teacher of Jewish spirituality. A graduate of Brandeis University, he is author of a wide variety of children’s and adult features, and currently at work on a full-length novel exploring personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Lessons of the Past

Lessons of the Past

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This week's Torah portion is unique in that it's a song. It is Moses' song describing the history of the Jewish people, their relationships with ...


Looking Towards the Future

Looking Towards the Future

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW In this week's portion, Joseph was able to see the future in Pharaoh's dream, and save the world ...


Be Strong and Brave

Be Strong and Brave

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Sometimes when we face a challenging situation we feel worried. Maybe something will go wrong or things won't turn out the way we want. This ...


Making Others Jealous

Making Others Jealous

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Is it ever possible to treat someone too nicely? If the treatment will make others jealous, it just ...


Something For Nothing

Something For Nothing

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Nothing happens "for nothing." Most things that happen to us in life are the result of choices that we have made somewhere down the ...


Sincere Praise

Sincere Praise

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We all own a tool that costs us nothing to use, yet can improve our relationships with others, get ...


To Be Honest

To Be Honest

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Honesty may be the best policy, but sometimes it's hard to be completely straight all the time. A person can feel tempted to "bend the ...


Practical Dreaming

Practical Dreaming

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Some people are dreamers, and others are more practical and down to earth. To really make the most ...


Trouble and Troublemakers

Trouble and Troublemakers

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Even though we may know what is right and wrong, that doesn't mean that everybody we meet also does. There may be times that we will encounter ...


Inner Battle

Inner Battle

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Every one of us is in the middle of a tug-of-war. There's one voice inside of us that's always ...


Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

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The Torah tells us that after the Jewish people had been wandering in the wilderness, God informed them that all the ups and downs they had ...


The Rewards of Giving

The Rewards of Giving

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW One of life's most important lessons is that the secret of happiness and getting the good things we ...


Between Parent and Child

Between Parent and Child

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This week's Torah portion speaks a lot about that most precious of relationships -- between parent and child. Even though we should treat ...


A Good Laugh

A Good Laugh

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Everyone enjoys a good laugh - but not every laugh is necessarily good. While humor can be used in a ...


Don't Embarrass Me

Don't Embarrass Me

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It is fine to express our thoughts and feelings about things. But it is very important to think before speaking and make sure that our words won't ...


Choosing to Get Along

Choosing to Get Along

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW In this week's portion we learn about a quarrel between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot. ...


Journey Through Life

Journey Through Life

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It's exciting to be on a journey. We get to see new places and meet interesting people. And every step of the way we know we're getting closer to ...


Make A Difference

Make A Difference

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OVERVIEW Can one person really make a difference? In our Torah portion this week, we can see that one good person, Noah, made the difference ...


A Good Friend

A Good Friend

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW What makes a good friend? Is it someone who goes along with whatever we say or do, whether ...


We Need Leaders

We Need Leaders

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What makes somebody a leader? Is it just the person with the biggest muscles or the loudest voice? Do we even need leaders at all? The Torah gives ...


Everyone Is Special

Everyone Is Special

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Sukkot is a beautiful holiday. There is a Mitzvah to eat and sleep under the stars in specially decorated thatched huts, and to wave a bundle of ...


Following the Leader

Following the Leader

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What makes somebody a leader? Is it just the person with the biggest muscles or the loudest voice? Do we even need leaders at all? The Torah gives ...


Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

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OVERVIEW All relationships have their ups and downs. There are times when friends can feel very close to each other and get along great, and other ...


Bring People Together

Bring People Together

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Peace is wonderful. But it doesn't just happen by itself. Sometimes even people who want to get along need a little help to do so. Aaron the ...


Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5764

Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5764

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the time we proclaim God as our King. This means more than just recognizing Him as an all-powerful ...


Everyone Says So

Everyone Says So

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Often you hear: "Everybody's saying it, so it must be true." Not necessarily. Sometimes false rumors, when presented as ...


Good Choices

Good Choices

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OVERVIEW Whether we are aware of it or not, our entire day is full of nothing but choices. In this week's Torah portion we are told to "Choose ...


Don't Get Involved

Don't Get Involved

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Unfortunately it happens. People get into disputes -- from quiet disagreement to full-blown arguments. When we hear about one, it can be tempting ...


True Advice

True Advice

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OVERVIEW People like telling other people what to do. When we give others good advice, we are doing them a big favor. However, we have to be sure ...


Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up

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Do you know there are two Passovers every year? Well, originally there weren't. But back when the Jewish people were traveling in the desert ...


Treat Him Right

Treat Him Right

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OVERVIEW It's a good deed to let people borrow our money or property, but the good doesn't just end there. Just as important is how we treat the ...


Keep Your Distance

Keep Your Distance

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Certain things we just know aren't good for us, but we're tempted to do them anyhow. Is there any way to keep ourselves in control? This week's ...


Hidden Bribes

Hidden Bribes

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OVERVIEW It isn't always easy to be objective or fair. Many things can affect our judgment that we might not even be aware of. In this week's ...


Nature's Call

Nature's Call

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Everyone sees and does things differently. Sometimes even people with the same goals find totally different ways to reach them. Our Torah portion ...


Nice and Strict

Nice and Strict

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OVERVIEW Sometimes there is a difference between being nice and being good. This week's Torah portion teaches how to react to certain destructive ...


Opening our Brother's Eyes

Opening our Brother's Eyes

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OVERVIEW What should we do when we see someone whose challenges have him down and almost out? We might be tempted to think: "That's his problem ...


Open Your Heart

Open Your Heart

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OVERVIEW When we see or hear about people in need, how do we react? Does our heart open up to feel their distress, or does it close up and push ...


Opening our Brother's Eyes

Opening our Brother's Eyes

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OVERVIEW What should we do when we see someone whose challenges have him down and almost out? We might be tempted to think: "That's his problem ...


Something For Nothing

Something For Nothing

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OVERVIEW It's nice to get something for nothing, but somehow we appreciate it more when we work hard for something ourselves. In this week's ...


Goodwil Ambassadors

Goodwil Ambassadors

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Did you know that you're an ambassador? We all are. Whether we know it or not, others often use our actions to form opinions of those we are ...


Constructive Criticism

Constructive Criticism

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OVERVIEW There are times when we should speak up and tell others that they are doing something wrong. But there is a right way and a wrong way to ...


Behave With Dignity

Behave With Dignity

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OVERVIEW Some things are totally fine to do. Others we know are definitely wrong. But not everything is so "black and white." What should we do ...


Your Word of Honor

Your Word of Honor

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OVERVIEW Every one of us owns something very valuable, yet we might not even know it exists. It's something easy to give, yet often hard to keep. ...


Harmful Gossip

Harmful Gossip

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What's wrong with a little harmless gossip? Before you say "nothing," consider if gossip is really so harmless? If people heard even the ...


Be Consistent

Be Consistent

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OVERVIEW It pays to be consistent. When we are trying to reach a goal, it is natural to have times along the way when we feel super-inspired and ...


The Value of Privacy

The Value of Privacy

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This week, the Torah portion outside of Israel is both Parshat Chukat and Parshat Balak. The Torah portion read in Israel is Parshat Balak. For the ...


Look Beyond the Past

Look Beyond the Past

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It can be good to look back on the past. We can learn a lot both from our past successes as well as our mistakes. But we also have to be careful ...


Don't Be Selfish

Don't Be Selfish

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OVERVIEW When someone asks of us a favor, even one that we could easily do, sometimes we feel torn. We may want to be helpful, but something else ...


Being Grateful

Being Grateful

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There's nobody in the world who doesn't have a lot to feel thankful about. Our families, our friends, our health, even just being alive, are all ...


The Right Reason

The Right Reason

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Chukat_5763.asp OVERVIEW Many times we may ...


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