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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.

Including Everyone

Including Everyone

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Moses had some important news to tell everybody. He had just come from the holy mountain, where God had taught him the Torah. Now he was ready to ...


Stand Up For What's Right

Stand Up For What's Right

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There are times when we simply have to stand up for what we know is right, even if it's hard. Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, the High Priest, was ...


Caring For Others

Caring For Others

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In this week's Torah portion, Moses goes up to Mount Sinai. There he speaks with God, and learns how to teach the Jewish people to live in the ...


Everyone Slips Up

Everyone Slips Up

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Everybody makes mistakes. Even though we try to do things right, it is inevitable that sometimes we will slip up. In this week's Torah portion we ...


Learning From Others

Learning From Others

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This week's Torah portion teaches us about the Cohanim, the special Jewish priests. They had the important job of conducting services in the ...


Donating Generously

Donating Generously

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In this week's Torah portion, God tells Moses to tell the Jewish people to build the tabernacle. The tabernacle was like the world's first ...


Affected by the Environment

Affected by the Environment

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Whether we realize it or not, our environment - the people and things around us - makes a big impact upon who we are. It's human nature to adopt ...


Making a Return

Making a Return

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This week's Torah portion is very important. It's about how to live peacefully with the people around us. We all naturally get along better, if ...


Living With Ourselves

Living With Ourselves

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Each of us lives with a wonderful person - ourselves! Every one of us is unique and valuable with something special to contribute to the world. ...


The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

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It was a day that would go down in history. The Jewish people were all gathered at Mt. Sinai. Millions of people -- men, women and children -- all ...


Happiness Attitude

Happiness Attitude

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Life is how you look at it. On the one hand there is always a reason to appreciate what we have. On the other hand, a person can always find a ...


Trusting In God

Trusting In God

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Everyone was really excited. God had rescued the Jewish people from their slavery in Egypt, and they were finally free. But now that they had left ...


Live in Peace

Live in Peace

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Everyone dreams of living in a peaceful world. But what many people don't realize is that peace begins at home. When we make an effort to relate ...


Trusting God

Trusting God

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The Jews in Egypt could hardly believe it. After years and years of terrible slavery they were really going to be free. God had answered their ...


Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

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Shifra and Puah were the two Jewish midwives in Egypt. It was their job to help women to deliver their new babies. They were very kind and helped ...


Partners

Partners

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When Jacob was a very old man and knew he was going to die, he called all his sons to come together. Everyone gathered around his bed. They were ...


Seeing God's Plan

Seeing God's Plan

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An exciting scene was taking place in the Royal Palace. Joseph was the powerful viceroy of Egypt and his brothers who were standing right in front ...


Blending In

Blending In

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The people of Canaan were running out of food! There was a big famine all over the world. The only country where there was still plenty to eat ...


Saving Face

Saving Face

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Jacob returns to Hebron, the ancestral home of his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham. He hopes to continue to follow in their example by ...


Dealing with Bullies

Dealing with Bullies

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After escaping from the wicked Laban, Jacob and his family face another challenge. To get home, they must first pass through the land of Esau, ...


Real Heroes

Real Heroes

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What makes you a hero? A story for the family.


Putting On An Act

Putting On An Act

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Isaac and Rebecca had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Even though they were twins, the boys were as different as could be. Esau grew up to be a tough ...


Being Honest

Being Honest

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Eliezer was Abraham's faithful assistant. For over 60 years he had helped Abraham with everything he did. Now when it was time to find a wife for ...


Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

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It was a hot, hot day -- the hottest day anyone could remember. But the heat didn't seem to bother Abraham. He was sitting outside, by the door of ...


Saying Thanks

Saying Thanks

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Life was getting really hard for the Jews in Egypt. Pharaoh, the wicked king, had forced them to be his slaves, and he kept thinking up more and ...


Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

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Abraham and his wife Sarah lived a long time ago in a town called Haran. They lived with Abraham's father Terach and his family. Terach had a ...


Say Something

Say Something

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OVERVIEW Once, a long, long time ago, life was wonderful and life was terrible. It was wonderful because people lived much longer and healthier ...


Family Parsha V'Zot HaBracha

Family Parsha V'Zot HaBracha

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It's not always easy to see things come to an end, especially if we are used to the way they are. But life sometimes brings changes that must be ...


In the Beginning

In the Beginning

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OVERVIEW Once upon a time there was nothing, absolutely nothing, except God, that is. Then God decided to create the universe. He made huge ...


Positive Transitions

Positive Transitions

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Life is always changing. Each person we meet, each place we go, and each thing we do, is an opportunity to experience, learn from, and just plain ...