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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.

Family Help

Family Help

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Family members should stand up for and help each other out. In this week's Torah portion (Gen. 14:14) we learn how Abraham went out of his way to ...


Big and Small Stealing

Big and Small Stealing

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To steal a little is to steal a lot. One of the main causes of society's collapse in Noah's time was that people used to steal little things from ...


Don't Go It Alone

Don't Go It Alone

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Adam, the first human being, was all alone in the world, but then God revealed to him that it wasn't good for him always to be alone (Gen. 2:18) ...


Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

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It's important to make guests feel at home. The Sukkot holiday is a time of guests. Families and friends visit each other's decorated outdoor ...


Please Forgive Me

Please Forgive Me

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When people mess up and then apologize, how should we react? In this week's Torah portion (30:2-3) we learn that God forgives those who strayed ...


Behind Their Backs

Behind Their Backs

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Backstabbing - talking bad about people behind their backs - is wrong. In this week's portion (27:24, see Rashi) we see that this is such an ...


Rumors

Rumors

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A false rumor is no form of humor. In this week's Torah portion (22:13) we learn how wrong it is to spread rumors that can harm people's feelings ...


Just Your Fair Share

Just Your Fair Share

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It's only fair to take just our fair share - and no more. In this week's portion (Deut. 19:14) the Torah teaches us not to try to grab extra land ...


Special Manners

Special Manners

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When we're somewhere special, we should act special. In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 12:1) we learn about the special rules and behavior the ...


Unpuffed

Unpuffed

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Getting all arrogant and full of ourselves is never a good idea, especially when we didn't do anything to deserve it! In this week's Torah portion ...


Too Much, Too Little

Too Much, Too Little

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Don't overdo it! In this week's Torah portion (4:2) Moses gives the people a valuable piece of advice: When following God's guidelines of how to ...


Happy From Sad

Happy From Sad

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Some of the happiest things in life come out of ...


Just What We Need

Just What We Need

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We all get just what we need, whether we realize it or not. In this week's Torah portion (Num. 26:55), we learn how God, through a special system ...


Unfriendly Means Scared

Unfriendly Means Scared

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When people act unfriendly or nasty, it could be because really they're afraid. In our Torah portion (22:3), we learn how Balak plotted to attack ...


Avoiding a Fight

Avoiding a Fight

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OVERVIEW In this week's Torah portion, we see what great lengths Jacob went to in order to avoid fighting with his brother, Esau. Jacob wasn't ...


Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation

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A High Holiday ethical dilemma to read and discuss with your kids.


Stepping In

Stepping In

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We should try to help people be friends - not enemies. In this week's Torah portion we learn about Korach and the terrible quarrel he started ...


Wheel of Fortune: A Purim Story

Wheel of Fortune: A Purim Story

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Sometimes things that seem bad are really God's hidden ways of giving us something good.


Family Trees: A TuB'shvat Story for Kids

Family Trees: A TuB'shvat Story for Kids

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We can learn alot of things from trees. One thing is patience.


Step Right Up

Step Right Up

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A Rosh Hashana Story


Take Care Not To Scare

Take Care Not To Scare

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Scaring people hurts them. The men that Moses sent to scout out the Land of Israel, in this week's Torah portion, came back with an unnecessarily ...


Fixing the World: Rosh Hashana Family Parsha

Fixing the World: Rosh Hashana Family Parsha

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In our story a girl makes a change for the better, and is glad she did.


Dressed for Success: Sukkot Story for Kids

Dressed for Success: Sukkot Story for Kids

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How would you feel if you were invited to the home of one of the richest families in the world?


Taking the Cake

Taking the Cake

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Bread isn't the only thing that can get puffy. People also sometimes puff themselves up by bragging and acting conceited. Matzah teaches us to un-puff ourselves.


A Humbling Experience

A Humbling Experience

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Being humble means not bragging. Moses - one of the greatest people who ever lived - was also the most humble (12:3). If Moses, who certainly had a ...


A Taste of Jealousy

A Taste of Jealousy

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If you've got it, don't flaunt it! In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 5:14) we learn about a certain offering people had to bring to the ...


The Magic Bus: Yom Kippur Family Parsha

The Magic Bus: Yom Kippur Family Parsha

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Find out how two friends experience the joy of forgiveness.


The Family Parsha on Yom Kippur

The Family Parsha on Yom Kippur

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That Takes the Cake


Dropping the Mask

Dropping the Mask

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In our story, two boys drop their masks to reveal their true selves and are happy they did it.


Set A Good Example

Set A Good Example

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What does it mean to be the chosen people? On Shavuot when God gave us the Torah on Mt. Sinai, He chose us to set a good example for the rest of ...


Sudden Reversal

Sudden Reversal

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Is Purim just a fun-filled holiday? Or is it something more?


Chanukah Family Parsha: The Package Deal

Chanukah Family Parsha: The Package Deal

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Physical beauty and power is best used to express higher values.


Bigger Isnt Always Better

Bigger Isnt Always Better

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Bigger isn't always better. When God gave us the Torah -- which we celebrate on the upcoming Shavuot holiday -- He could have chosen to give it ...


Dont Worry Be Happy

Dont Worry Be Happy

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'Don't worry, be happy!' is the Torah way of living. In this week's Torah portion (25:19) God assures us that He's always watching over us, and ...


Clean Speech

Clean Speech

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Cursing and using foul language is not only abusive, but it lowers the esteem of the person speaking that way. In this week's portion we see how ...


Be Kind to Your Body

Be Kind to Your Body

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Our bodies are precious, holy gifts from God and we should treat them with respect. In this week's portion (21:5) we learn that doing bad things to ...


Seeing the Right

Seeing the Right

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Looking at people in a positive way is one of the greatest keys to a peaceful and happy life. In this week's portion (Lev. 19:15) we learn how the ...


Family Parsha_

Family Parsha_

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We all love beauty. But what makes something or someone beautiful?


Warning: Contagious

Warning: Contagious

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We all know not to get too near someone who is ill with something contagious. We should also be careful to keep our distance from people with ...


The Card Trick: Rosh Hashana Family Parsha

The Card Trick: Rosh Hashana Family Parsha

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Rosh Hashana Family Parsha


Right or Wrong

Right or Wrong

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Some things are right to do and others are not, and one of the most important tasks in life is learning to tell the difference. In this week's ...


All Puffed Up

All Puffed Up

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Why is matzah so flat? The reason is that on Passover we avoid any grain products or baked goods that have risen in any way. This helps remind us ...


The Family Parsha on Rosh Hashanah

The Family Parsha on Rosh Hashanah

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A Tale of Two Fishes


Follow Instructions

Follow Instructions

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Carefully following instructions can help us accomplish things we wouldn't be able to do otherwise. In this week's Torah portion we learn of the ...


Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn

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What if temptation gets the best of someone and he takes something that's not his? This week's Torah portion (5:23-26) tells us that if this ...


Shavuot Family Parsha

Shavuot Family Parsha

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A story and discussion questions for parents and kids about Shavuot and the importance of unity.


Work Hard and Succeed

Work Hard and Succeed

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One of the best feelings there is, is to work hard at something and succeed. In this week's Torah portion, we see how Moses praised and blessed the ...


Hitting a High Note

Hitting a High Note

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Prayer is more than just a nice thing to do -- it really works! In this week's Torah portion, we see how Moses' sincere prayers saved the people ...


Starting Fresh

Starting Fresh

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Getting off to a good start is one of the secrets of success. In this week's Torah portion we learn about the special inauguration ceremony that ...


Fixing Relationships

Fixing Relationships

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Fighting and making up is a normal part of any friendship. This week's portion tells us about the Holy Tabernacle in which our ancestors worshipped ...


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