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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.

Admitting Our Mistakes

Admitting Our Mistakes

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It's easy to make mistakes. Everybody does. What's not so easy is to admit having made them. Often we fear that others will look down on us if ...


Right And True

Right And True

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Korach_5763.asp OVERVIEW When the others ...


Special Talents

Special Talents

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We all have special talents -- things that we are good at and know how to do. But it's up to us to choose the best way to use them. The Torah ...


Everyone's Success

Everyone's Success

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Shlach_5763 OVERVIEW In this week's portion, ...


- Using Our Talents -

- Using Our Talents -

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We all have special talents -- things that we are good at and know how to do. But it's up to us to choose the best way to use them. The Torah ...


For Each Other

For Each Other

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For the next few weeks, the Torah portion read in Israel will be different than the Torah portion read in the rest of the world. For the weekly ...


Profiting Off Others

Profiting Off Others

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In this week's Torah portion when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he finds that the people had made a golden ...


Take Responsibility

Take Responsibility

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"A tough job needs to get done, and somebody's got to do it." Do these words make us feel like jumping in there ... or running the other ...


Deceiving Appearances

Deceiving Appearances

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Our clothing does a lot of things. It keeps us warm. It protects us from the sun. This week's Torah portion teaches us a lot about the beautiful ...


Party Together

Party Together

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OVERVIEW Each of us has our own way of looking at the world, and own way of doing things. Because of this, people don't always see eye-to-eye. When ...


Being a Giver

Being a Giver

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There are many types of giving. Sometimes people give because they're forced to. Other times, people give because they want to. Some lucky people ...


The Greeting that Saved Lives

The Greeting that Saved Lives

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OVERVIEW What gives a person value and makes him important? Is it his wealth? His looks or talents? According to the Torah, a person is ...


Being a Friend

Being a Friend

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We want to be nice to everyone. We try to help people when we can and not hurt their feelings. But for certain special people, we have to try ...


Beating Around the Thorns

Beating Around the Thorns

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OVERVIEW In this week's Torah portion, God tells the Jewish people to let their fields rest and not to plant their crops every seventh year. He ...


Getting Just What We Need

Getting Just What We Need

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In this week's Torah portion, God gives the Jewish people the Ten Commandments. One of them teaches us not to covet -- not to be jealous of what ...


Coping with Loss

Coping with Loss

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OVERVIEW It is natural for someone who experiences a loss of something important in his life to feel sad, and to mourn over what he has lost. ...


Getting Started

Getting Started

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Sometimes we have a job to do, but it seems so big that we're hesitant to even get started. In our Torah portion the Jewish people were crossing ...


Forgive and Forget

Forgive and Forget

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OVERVIEW If someone does something to offend us, quite often the natural reaction is to want to take revenge and get back at him. But this week's ...


Appreciating Others

Appreciating Others

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When someone does something nice for you, it's easy to feel excited and grateful. But as time passes, that feeling of gratitude tends to fade. But ...


Comforting Discomfort

Comforting Discomfort

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In everyone's life, things happen - sometimes big, sometimes small - that cause frustration, aggravation, and pain. This week's Torah portion ...


Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations

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Sometimes we face things that we feel we just can't do. We think they are just beyond our abilities. But sometimes these are exactly the things ...


Lesson in Humility

Lesson in Humility

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OVERVIEW While it is great to feel good about ourselves, sometimes we make the mistake by boosting ourselves up by putting others down. This week's ...


Seeing Our Special Gifts

Seeing Our Special Gifts

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Everyone is different. But each person, in his or her own special way, has something valuable to add to the world. Our job is to try to see it. In ...


The Secret Weapon

The Secret Weapon

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We all walk around carrying a powerful secret weapon - our power of speech. In fact, ancient Jewish sources teach that speaking properly - by not ...


Nothing by Chance

Nothing by Chance

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In life, sometimes things happen that we like and sometimes things happen that we don't like. Is it all just up to chance? In this week's Torah ...


Self Control

Self Control

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Sometimes a person's silence can be more powerful than a thousand words. We see in this week's Torah portion, that Aaron, Moses' brother, was ...


Being Prepared

Being Prepared

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Should we simply live for the moment? If everything's okay right now, why plan for the future? In this week's Torah portion, Joseph warns the ...


Showing Appreciation

Showing Appreciation

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OVERVIEW This week's Torah portion talks about thanksgiving, and it has nothing to do with turkey, or pilgrims. It is the thanksgiving offering ...


Judging Favorably

Judging Favorably

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We all have a courtroom in our head, and each of us is the judge and jury. Whenever we see our friend do something that looks like it might not be ...


Being Careless

Being Careless

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OVERVIEW When something is genuinely important to us, we take it seriously and are careful to do whatever we can to make sure it turns out right. ...


Behaving Modestly

Behaving Modestly

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If we've got it, we want to show it off. But is this really the best way? In our Torah portion, Esau and Jacob meet up after being apart for many ...


Following Through

Following Through

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OVERVIEW A person can have the greatest ideas and make the best plans, but they really don't count for very much until he follows through and puts ...


Being Honest

Being Honest

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We wish that everyone would treat us the way they should. But it doesn't always turn out that way. We may feel cheated. Does that give us the ...


Paying Attention to Details

Paying Attention to Details

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OVERVIEW Sometimes when a big new project excites us, it's easy to ignore the details. But in truth, it is the small details that make big things ...


Long Term Satisfaction

Long Term Satisfaction

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In our Torah portion we learn how Esau was willing to sell his birthright, an everlasting gift, for a pot of beans! Esau was only able to value ...


The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving

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There are times that people could use our help. At these times we have a choice to make. Do we look at their request as a bother or as an ...


Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

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OVERVIEW In this week's Torah portion, we learn the damage caused by jumping to hasty conclusions. The Jewish people were riding high. God had ...


The Kindest Thing

The Kindest Thing

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We want to be kind. But it's not always so easy to figure out how. It can even happen that by acting in a way that seems kind to one person, we're ...


Dressing Your Best

Dressing Your Best

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OVERVIEW Why do people wear clothing? There's more to it than just covering up and keeping warm. In this week's Torah portion, we learn all about ...


To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

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It's hard to go against the crowd. But what can we do when we know that it's the right thing to do? In our Torah portion, we learn about Abraham. ...


Sharing Our Gifts

Sharing Our Gifts

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OVERVIEW Gleaming gold and silver, precious jewels, and fine, embroidered tapestries. These were just a few of the beautiful objects and materials ...


Ark of Good Will

Ark of Good Will

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Sometimes life can be tough, especially when other people don't treat us the way we would like. But things sure go a lot more smoothly if we have ...


Give and Take

Give and Take

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OVERVIEW The way we treat other people's property, and our own, says a lot about who we are. It can show us how fair and just we really are. The ...


Give or Take

Give or Take

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Do we give or do we take? It's a choice we all face. And it's sometimes hard to know what to do. Our Torah portion, the first of the entire Torah, ...


Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events

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OVERVIEW Sometimes a life-shaking event serves to wake people up, and bring them to their senses. In this week's Torah portion, when God made the ...


Keep Your Word

Keep Your Word

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A person's word is more valuable than gold. But it's tempting at times to go back on what we've promised. This week's Torah portion teaches us ...


Being Optimistic

Being Optimistic

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OVERVIEW Every situation contains within it a possibility of success - and a possibility of failure. When the Jewish people were in the desert, ...


It's All for the Best

It's All for the Best

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OVERVIEW Sometimes the good things that come our way are very clear and easy to see. However, there are other times when the good that God sends us ...


Real Life

Real Life

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Real life has a lot to offer -- from the beauty of nature (even in our own back yard) to the warm feelings of being part of a family and a ...


Overcoming Weaknesses

Overcoming Weaknesses

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OVERVIEW Nobody's perfect. We all have something about ourselves that we don't feel good about. The question is: what do we do when we are forced ...