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/


Make a Fence

Nobody wants to get hurt, or to cause anyone else to get hurt. But sometimes it's easy to turn...

Treating Others Properly

People tend to assume that the way we should treat others somehow depends on how they treat us....

Live Like a King

Did you ever think about what it would be like to be a king? In ancient times, many kings could...

What's Really Valuable?

OVERVIEW Sometimes what people consider being the least important things in their lives are...

Help Our Friends

Sometimes we get a chance to help out a friend. Whether it's to lend him something we have or...

Holding Onto Our Dreams

OVERVIEW This week the Torah takes us into the world of dreams. We see Joseph's childhood...

Kosher Gratitude

It feels good when we get the things we want. And that's okay. But sometimes having plenty can...

Resisting Temptation

Life is full of temptations. We all hear those little voices, whether they're from outside or...

Don't Give Up

A story for the entire family.

Feeling Rich

Would you like to be rich? Who wouldn't? The Torah tells us a surefire formula to how to strike...

Try To Be Fair

Everybody wants to be fair, but sometimes it's not easy. In our Torah portion this week, Moses...

The Power of Motivation

When a person is motivated by a goal, he feels like he can do anything. And when he isn't...

Take a Stand

Sometimes we have to take a stand. We see something wrong and we can't let it go. In our Torah...

Acting on Impulse

Many times in life we find ourselves having to make a choice - whether we are willing to commit...

Use Your Talents Properly

Everyone has talents and strengths. These are gifts that God gave us. But abilities alone aren't...

Giving More than Expected

A discussion story for kids on the trait of kindness.

Everyone Makes Mistakes

Nobody likes to make mistakes. Sometimes we wish we were perfect, or feel that we should be. But...

Seeing the Good in People

It's easy to see what's good about some people. Their virtues just seem to shine. But sometimes...

Influential Neighbors

In this week's Torah portion, Korach, the Levite, leads a wrongful rebellion against Moses and...

Being True to Ourselves

It can be really tempting to follow the crowd and go along with what everyone else is doing. But...

Gaining Self Confidence

The way we look at ourselves has a lot to do with how other people look at us. In this week's...

Starting Over

In many ways starting something over again can be even more challenging than starting something...

How to Look at Life

Life is how you look at it. On the one hand, there's always a reason to appreciate what we have....

New Beginnings

This is a week of beginnings. We begin a new cycle of Torah readings, in which we learn about...

Peaceful Relations

Peace is a great thing. Nothing feels better than when two people get along peacefully with each...

Happiness Is An Attitude

OVERVIEW Holidays are happy times. But there is one Jewish holiday, Succot, the Festival of Booths...

Singing a Different Tune

Not everybody is the same. Some people are more interested in one thing and some in something...

Words of Gold

OVERVIEW What's more precious than diamonds or gold? A person's word of honor. Yet it isn't...

Rules Mean We Care

There are different ways to teach people the right way to behave. Sometimes a gentle word is...

Family Parsha Rosh Hashana

OVERVIEW The New Year is a time to make resolutions. It's a time to look at ourselves and figure...

Fashioning Our Words

Each one of us carries a very big weapon -- that big weapon is the words that we speak. Our...

Enjoy Reality

Life in the 21st century is filled with so many types of entertainment to choose from and packed...

Special People

Everybody likes to be special. To be able to do special things and have extra privileges. This...

Love Your Neighbor

Everyone agrees love is a good thing. But what does it mean? This week's Torah portion teaches...

Out Of Our Way

When we are feel full of energy and bursting with ideas, we may sometimes find it hard to relate...

Give Your Best

In the times of the Holy Temple, a person who spoke badly about other people would get a bad...

Safety Conscious

Being safety-conscious is a good idea. For over 3000 years the Torah has been teaching us the...

Admit Your Mistakes

Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. But it's often hard to admit it. In this week's Torah...

Royal Decisions

How would you act if you were king? In ancient times, kings could often have and do whatever...

Don't Gossip

"What's the latest gossip?" Some people always seem interested in the other guy's bad...

Rainy Weather Friend

Each of us is in the middle of a tug-of-war - and it's going on right inside our head! On one...

Test of Character

It's a nice feeling to be able to get the things we want. But it's also a test of character. How...

Team Players

In this week's Torah portion we learn more about some of the special jobs of the Kohanim, (the...

Never Give Up Hope

Sometimes things may seem so hard we feel like giving up. But the Torah teaches us that even...

Giving Gifts

Giving helps us to feel closer to the one we give to. In this week's Torah portion we learn...

Let's Be Fair

Pretend you're the judge. Suppose two people are in front of you, pleading their case. One guy...

Being Honest

This week's Torah portion begins by telling us exactly how much of gold, silver, and copper was...

Good Choice

Our choices and decisions don't only affect ourselves. They have an influence on others as well....

Including Everyone

Moses had some important news to tell everybody. He had just come from the holy mountain, where...

Stand Up For What's Right

There are times when we simply have to stand up for what we know is right, even if it's hard....

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