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/


Be Strong and Brave

Sometimes when we face a challenging situation we feel worried. Maybe something will go wrong or...

Making Others Jealous

Is it ever possible to treat someone too nicely? If the treatment will make others jealous, it...

Something For Nothing

Nothing happens "for nothing." Most things that happen to us in life are the result of...

Sincere Praise

We all own a tool that costs us nothing to use, yet can improve our relationships with others,...

To Be Honest

Honesty may be the best policy, but sometimes it's hard to be completely straight all the time....

Practical Dreaming

Some people are dreamers, and others are more practical and down to earth. To really make the...

Trouble and Troublemakers

Even though we may know what is right and wrong, that doesn't mean that everybody we meet also...

Inner Battle

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

The Torah tells us that after the Jewish people had been wandering in the wilderness, God...

The Rewards of Giving

One of life's most important lessons is that the secret of happiness and getting the good things...

Between Parent and Child

This week's Torah portion speaks a lot about that most precious of relationships -- between...

A Good Laugh

Everyone enjoys a good laugh - but not every laugh is necessarily good. While humor can be used...

Don't Embarrass Me

It is fine to express our thoughts and feelings about things. But it is very important to think...

Choosing to Get Along

In this week's portion we learn about a quarrel between the shepherds of Abraham and his nephew,...

Journey Through Life

It's exciting to be on a journey. We get to see new places and meet interesting people. And...

Make A Difference

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

A Good Friend

What makes a good friend? Is it someone who goes along with whatever we say or do, whether it's...

We Need Leaders

What makes somebody a leader? Is it just the person with the biggest muscles or the loudest...

Everyone Is Special

Sukkot is a beautiful holiday. There is a Mitzvah to eat and sleep under the stars in specially...

Following the Leader

What makes somebody a leader? Is it just the person with the biggest muscles or the loudest...

Ups and Downs

All relationships have their ups and downs. There are times when friends can feel very close to...

Bring People Together

Peace is wonderful. But it doesn't just happen by itself. Sometimes even people who want to get...

Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5764

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the time we proclaim God as our King. This means more...

Everyone Says So

Often you hear: "Everybody's saying it, so it must be true." Not necessarily....

Good Choices

Whether we are aware of it or not, our entire day is full of nothing but choices. In this week's...

Don't Get Involved

Unfortunately it happens. People get into disputes -- from quiet disagreement to full-blown...

True Advice

People like telling other people what to do. When we give others good advice, we are doing them...

Don't Give Up

Do you know there are two Passovers every year? Well, originally there weren't. But back when...

Treat Him Right

It's a good deed to let people borrow our money or property, but the good doesn't just end there...

Keep Your Distance

Certain things we just know aren't good for us, but we're tempted to do them anyhow. Is there...

Hidden Bribes

It isn't always easy to be objective or fair. Many things can affect our judgment that we might...

Nature's Call

Everyone sees and does things differently. Sometimes even people with the same goals find...

Nice and Strict

Sometimes there is a difference between being nice and being good. This week's Torah portion...

Opening Our Brother's Eyes

What should we do when we see someone whose challenges have him down and almost out? We might be...

Open Your Heart

When we see or hear about people in need, how do we react? Does our heart open up to feel their...

Opening our Brother's Eyes

What should we do when we see someone whose challenges have him down and almost out? We might be...

Something For Nothing

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

Goodwil Ambassadors

Did you know that you're an ambassador? We all are. Whether we know it or not, others often use...

Constructive Criticism

There are times when we should speak up and tell others that they are doing something wrong. But...

Behave With Dignity

A story to share with the entire family.

Your Word of Honor

Every one of us owns something very valuable, yet we might not even know it exists. It's...

Harmful Gossip

What's wrong with a little harmless gossip? Before you say "nothing," consider if...

Be Consistent

It pays to be consistent. When we are trying to reach a goal, it is natural to have times along...

The Value of Privacy

Many people who are very careful to respect other people's property sometimes fail to respect...

Look Beyond the Past

It can be good to look back on the past. We can learn a lot both from our past successes as well...

Don't Be Selfish

When someone asks of us a favor, even one that we could easily do, sometimes we feel torn. We...

Being Grateful

There's nobody in the world who doesn't have a lot to feel thankful about. Our families, our...

The Right Reason

Many times we may think we are doing something for one reason when we are really doing it for...

Admitting Our Mistakes

It's easy to make mistakes. Everybody does. What's not so easy is to admit having made them....

Right And True

When the others around us are doing wrong, it's not easy to go against the crowd and stand alone...

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