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/


Other People's Things

Should I care how I treat somebody else's stuff? The Torah's answer is 'Yes.' In this week's...

Temper, Temper

When we lose our temper, we lose a lot. This week's Torah portion includes the famous Ten...

Problems Aren't Forever

One good thing about problems is that they don't last forever. When the Jewish people were slaves...

What You Have To Do

When it comes to things we have to do, but don't want to do, we have a choice: either to do them...

Different Kind of Greatness

How many of us can be truly great? The Torah's answer is: everyone! In this week's portion, the...

Show Your Gratitude

Nobody wants to be an ingrate. In this week's Torah portion we learn about one of the biggest...

Get Well Sooner

Being sick is no fun. But one thing that makes it more bearable is a get-well visit from a friend...

Family Parsha

Some people may be better at some things than others but it doesn't make them better people. Only all of us together can make the Jewish people complete.

Shame On Nobody

We may get mad and want to give whoever made us mad a piece of our mind, but before we let it fly...

Be Willing To Try

Sometimes we can accomplish much more than we ever imagined, but only if we're willing to try. On...

Don't Accuse So Fast

A person should always think twice before accusing someone of wrongdoing. In this week's Torah...

New and Better People

One of the best ways to grow is by facing and overcoming challenges. In this week's Torah portion...

Working Together

Nobody likes dealing with bullies, but sometimes there is no choice in the matter. In this week's...

Facing a Bully

Nobody likes dealing with bullies, but sometimes there is no choice in the matter. In this week's...

Reliable Choice

Being reliable when helping others is a positive trait. In this week's Torah portion, Abraham...

Selfishness

Selfishness is a trait to avoid. In this week's Torah portion, we learn about the cruel and...

Don't Give Up Hope

When it comes to things that are worthwhile, we should never give up hope. Abraham and Sarah were...

Love Responsibility

Most of us have heard about Noah and the ark. But do you know what Noah spent most of his time...

Sibling Harmony

Getting along with siblings has been a challenge ever since time began. In this week's portion,...

Less Is More

One of the lessons of Sukkot is that we don't need to have a lot of 'things' in order to be happy...

Less Is More

One of the lessons of Sukkot is that we don't need to have a lot of 'things' in order to be happy...

New Changes

Sometimes life asks us to adjust to things, changing from what we're used to. In this week's...

Good Excuse

Making excuses can seem like the easy way out, but in the end, it never gets us anywhere. This...

Honor Your Parents

Since we spend so much time around our parents, it's easy to forget to appreciate them and treat...

Finders Keepers?

What should we do when we find something that isn’t ours? A story for kids.

Don't Be Superstitious

There's no reason to be superstitious. In this week's Torah portion (18, 9-11) we learn that the...

How To Enjoy Life

God wants us to enjoy life. This week's Torah portion (12:20-25) tells us that it's perfectly...

Bring Out Our Best

Sometimes it takes things to get their worst in order to bring out our best. In this week's Torah...

Don't Expect Anything

We appreciate life - and other people - much more when we don't have the spoiled attitude of...

Build Someone's Dignity

This coming week we commemorate "Tisha b'Av," the day set aside for mourning the tragic...

Sticky Situation

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

Enjoy the Ride

This week's Torah portion describes in detail the 40-year journey of the Jewish people, from...

Too Much is No Good

Sometimes what we think is being kind is really being cruel. In this week's Torah portion (31:14)...

With All Due Respect

Although we should respect authority, that doesn't mean we can't question authority if we feel...

Different Beings

There's nothing wrong with being different from the crowd. In this week's Torah portion (23:9),...

Good Choice

No matter what dumb or foolish choice a person may make in life, there's always hope to change...

False Accusations

We have to be very careful not to falsely accuse someone of doing wrong. In this week's portion,...

Forgiveness

No matter how angry we get, we should try to leave room in our hearts to be willing to forgive....

Positive Speech

The Torah value of speaking only positively about other includes even members of our own family....

Don't Steal

Taking something that doesn't belong to us - even if it seems we have a good excuse - is stealing...

Following the Lead

Being a leader is a privilege, but it's also responsibility. This week's Torah portion lists the...

Seeing Things Differently

It's good to try to see the good in everyone. The holiday of Lag B'Omer celebrates, among other...

Treat Everyone With Respect

When it comes to treating people with kindness and respect, there are no exceptions to the rule....

To Trip Someone Up

Everyone would agree that purposely putting something in the way of a blind person to make him...

Ask the Question

Passover is a time of asking questions. One of the highlights of the Passover Seder is when kids...

A Good Home

How we choose to act at home has a big effect on how our home is going to feel. In this week's...

Judge Fairly

A wise person doesn't judge people or things by the way they first appear. In this week's Torah...

Inside and Out

It's an important value to be genuine and not hypocritical. This week's Torah portion discusses...

Being Happy

Purim is a holiday of happiness when we celebrate God's great Purim miracles. What seemed like a...

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