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/


Looking for Good

Creative ways to do good. A story for the whole family.

Friends to the End

Real friends stand with each other even when it's not easy. In this week's Torah portion (Gen....

Easy ... Does It!

It's nice to be with someone who's easy to get along with. This week's Torah portion is about...

Beware of Jealousy

Jealousy is a natural but negative feeling that can cause big problems. In this week's Torah...

Change Plans? Yes We Can!

Being able to get used to new situations can make for a happier life. One of the main activities...

Mess Up? Then "Fess" Up

A Yom Kippur story for the family.

Don't Get Discouraged!

When trying to do something, it's important not to get discouraged. In this week's Torah portion...

Chutzpah Control

"With all due respect" isn't just a saying - it's a way to live. In this week's...

Help! Overboard

We'll enjoy life more if we don't go overboard. In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 21:20) we...

Give Peace a Chance!

A story for the entire family.

Stay Away From Leading Astray

When it comes to work, we shouldn't shirk. In this week's Torah portion (Num. 32:6) Moses...

Be Choosy!

Choices matter. In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 11:13-17), God tells the people if they...

"Spoiled" is an Attitude

Having a lot doesn't have to make us spoiled. In this week's portion (Deut. 6:10-12) Moses warns...

Things Get Better!

It's easier to get through bad times when we remember that eventually things will get better. On...

Working or Shirking?

When it comes to work, we shouldn't shirk. In this week's Torah portion (Num. 32:6) Moses...

Cruel or Kind?

Sometimes being strict is really being kind. In this week's Torah portion, we learn how Pinchas'...

Respect Your Own Privacy.

Modesty means keeping things private that should be kept private. In this week's Torah portion,...

Keep Your Cool!

We can avoid making mistakes we'll regret if we keep our cool and don't get angry. In this...

Think For Yourself!

We shouldn't let people talk us into doing something we don't want to. In this week's Torah...

Believe In Yourself!

Healthy self-confidence can make a big difference in our lives. In this week's Torah portion,...

Making Dreams Come True

Putting in the work to make our dreams come true.

Enjoy Life!

Life's meant to be enjoyed. This week's Torah portion disapproves of someone purposely depriving...

Count Yourself In

Every person is important and every person counts. This week's portion takes a detailed...

Possessor or Possessed?

Our possessions are ours to enjoy - as long as we don't let them posses us. This week's Torah...

Looking Good

Having a 'good eye' means more than 20/20 vision. This week's Torah portion tells us about the...

Beating Cheating

Even if we know we won't get caught, cheating people is wrong. In this week's Torah portion (Lev...

Grappling With Gossip

Gossiping may seem harmless, but it can cause people a lot of pain. In this week's Torah portion...

Giving a Fair Hearing

The sign of a wise or strong person isn't that he wins every argument, but that he's willing to...

Making the Impossible Possible

When something we want to accomplish looks impossible, we have two choices: either to give up or...

A Different Kind of Slavery

Do you know anyone who's a slave? No? Don't be so sure. Passover celebrates God freeing our...

Fair Share

What's the secret to peace? This week's Torah portion teaches about the special 'peace offering'...

Giving From the Best

It's nice to give away something we don't really want anyway for a good cause. But it's a great...

Stubborn or Strong-Willed?

Being 'stiff-necked' can mean more than whether we're able to turn our heads. In this week's...

Making Fun Isn't Funny

Purim is the number one fun day in the Jewish calendar. People dress in costumes, have...

Tasking Without Asking

We don't have to wait to be asked to be helpful - we can volunteer. In this week's Torah portion...

Keeping Our Hands to Ourselves

Hitting isn't fitting. This week's Torah portion teaches the penalties for those who hit or...

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Help... We all need it at times, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for it. In this...

Needy or Greedy?

Greedy grabbing isn't great. In this week's Torah portion (Ex. 16:18) the people who were greedy...

Mistake - Double Take

Nothing's wrong with making mistakes, as long as we learn from them. Pharaoh, in this week's...

Sibling Chivalry

Our siblings don't have to be our rivals. In this week's portion, Moses had an important message...

Meeting the Challenge

Did you know that the greatest leader in our people's history was physically challenged? Moses,...

Parents Understand

Our parents understand more than we may sometimes think they do. In this week's Torah portion...

Apparent to a Parent

Parents have feelings too. In this week's Torah portion (44:30-34), Yehudah was ready to put his...

Right Makes Might

The story of Chanukah tells how the Jewish people faced an enemy that was trying to force them...

Reaching Out

When we see that someone is feeling down, we should reach out and try to pick him up. In this...

Temper Our Temper

We'll do a lot better when we temper our temper. In this week's Torah portion (Gen. 35:25-30),...

God Is Very Close

Where is God? Everywhere! In this week's Torah portion (28:15), God tells Jacob that wherever he...

Hold Your Tongue

We should learn to hold our tongues - but not with our hands. In this week's Torah portion ( Gen...

Appreciate Your Mom

There's no one like Mom. This week's portion (Gen. 23:1, see Rashi) tells us of the greatness of...

Pass the Test

A test isn't only something we take at school - it can be something that makes us choose between...

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