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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.

Realistic Expectations

Realistic Expectations

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By having realistic expectations we will live a happier life. This week's Torah portion tells us about the different types of offerings (gifts) ...


Money Matters

Money Matters

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Money is a gift from God. Like any gift, we shouldn't waste it, but rather appreciate it and treat it with care. This week's Torah portion ...


The Power of Cooperation

The Power of Cooperation

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Goals that would be overwhelming or impossible to reach alone can become easier to reach when we cooperate. In this week's Torah portion, we learn ...


Sharing the Blame

Sharing the Blame

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Title: Sharing the Blame It's good to stay out of trouble, but it's not enough. When we can, we should try to stop others from doing wrong as ...


Asking Advice

Asking Advice

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This week's Torah portion teaches us about an amazing artifact in the Holy Tabernacle that gave people true answers and valuable advice straight ...


Respecting Food

Respecting Food

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Our food is not just something to eat - it is something to respect. In this week's Torah Portion we learn about the altar on which the Jewish ...


Helping Hands

Helping Hands

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What should we do when we see someone who needs our help, but we don't really feel like helping? According to this week's Torah portion (23:5), we ...


Embarrassing Others

Embarrassing Others

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In this week's Torah portion, we learn the famous Ten Commandments that God gave us on Mt. Sinai. One of these is not to murder. Thankfully, most ...


Acting Cruel

Acting Cruel

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There's nothing good about being mean. In this week's portion we learn how the Amalekite nation attacked the Jewish people for no other reason ...


Finding Courage

Finding Courage

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It took a lot of courage for the Jewish slaves in Egypt to do things that publicly showed that the false gods of their Egyptian masters were ...


Being Stubborn

Being Stubborn

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Stubbornly refusing to listen to or learn from others can cause a person a lot of unnecessary frustration and pain. In this week's Torah portion ...


Tattletales

Tattletales

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Tattling or telling on others in order to get them in trouble is wrong. In this week's portion a pair of lowly men wrongfully told on Moses to ...


Keeping Promises

Keeping Promises

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One sign of a good, honest person is that he keeps his promises. In this week's Torah portion, Joseph promises his elderly father, Jacob, that ...


Foresight

Foresight

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Foresight is the ability to look ahead and make wise decisions that will affect your future. In the Torah portion for this week and last week, our ...


Teaching By Example

Teaching By Example

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Chanukah is known as the festival of light. On Chanukah a great miracle occurred. The menorah oil-lamp in our Holy Temple, which had only enough ...


Caring About Appearances

Caring About Appearances

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While it's fine to care about how we look, we shouldn't get carried away. In this week's Torah portion we learn how Joseph, who grew up to be one ...


Overly Curious

Overly Curious

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Curiosity can be a very positive trait. However, being nosy, which is like being too curious about things that don't concern us, can cause ...


Family Ties

Family Ties

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Friends are great, but we should always remember that family is one of the most important parts of our lives. Our family is part of who we are. ...


Being Patient

Being Patient

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Some things just take time. In this week's Torah portion we learn how Rebecca wanted children, but she was barren and had to wait a long time ...


Being Yourself

Being Yourself

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Each of us is unique, and each of us has a unique way we can be great. In this week's Torah portion we learn about the second of our forefathers, ...


Respecting Everyone

Respecting Everyone

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When we meet people who are different than us, we may feel that they are not as good as us. But this is not the Torah way. In this week's portion, ...


Standing Up For the Truth

Standing Up For the Truth

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This week's Torah portion teaches us about our forefather, Abraham. When Abraham was a child, nearly the entire world was worshipping idols. It ...


Don't Take Too Much

Don't Take Too Much

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Sometimes trying to take too much leaves us with nothing at all. In this week's portion - the first in the Torah - God gave Adam and Eve, the ...


Not Giving Up

Not Giving Up

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When things go wrong it's tempting to throw up our hands and just give up - but almost always we'll be glad if we pick ourselves up and try again, ...


Family Parsha Ha'azinu 5768

Family Parsha Ha'azinu 5768

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Yom Kippur is a day in which God gives us another chance. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, God decides how good of an upcoming year we ...


Sweet People

Sweet People

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Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. One of the beautiful customs on this day is to eat a piece of apple dipped in honey and other special sweet ...


What Makes Us Special

What Makes Us Special

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Sukkot is a fun holiday when we all 'camp out' for a week, leaving our homes and moving into small, beautifully-decorated outdoor sukkah. However, ...


Open Your Hand

Open Your Hand

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Charity - giving generously to help those in need - is one of the most important Torah values. In this week's Torah portion (26:12) we learn about ...


Be Kind To Animals

Be Kind To Animals

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The Torah way is to be kind and compassionate to all living creatures. In this week's Torah portion (Deuteronomy, 22:10), we learn that a farmer ...


False Witness

False Witness

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A person should be sure he sees someone doing wrong before he points his finger. In this week's portion (19:16) we learn that God wants us to be ...


Passing Along Kindness

Passing Along Kindness

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By lending our things to others in need, we pass along the kindness God has done for us. In this week's portion (15:8), God asks us not to be ...


True Confidence

True Confidence

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True confidence is the courage that comes with knowing we are doing what is ethically right. In this week's portion (7:21), God tells the people ...


The Fifth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

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A story for the family about honoring parents.


Love Everybody

Love Everybody

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It's not enough not to hurt people - we should try our best to like them, too. This week includes a very sad annual day of mourning and fasting ...


A Truthful No

A Truthful No

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Our word - and the promises we make - are not something to take lightly. In this week's portion (30:3) we learn about how important it is not to ...


Care To Be Right

Care To Be Right

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Being responsible and caring means not only caring about what will be best for ourselves, but also what will be best for the others. In this ...


The True Measure

The True Measure

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It's nice to be smart and talented. But there is something which is far more important to be - good. In this week's Torah portion, we meet Balaam. ...


Nobody's Perfect

Nobody's Perfect

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Everyone - yes everyone - makes mistakes. In this week's Torah portion, Moses - the greatest, wisest human that ever lived - made a mistake and ...


Follow Your Own Mind

Follow Your Own Mind

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Without even knowing it, we can be swept along by other people's opinions, and do, say, and think things we don't even believe. In this week's ...


Encouragement and Discouragement

Encouragement and Discouragement

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We each have the power to give people the confidence to succeed - or take it away from them. In this week's portion (Numbers 13:31), the scouts ...


Stop Complaining

Stop Complaining

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Whether you call it whining, kvetching, fault-finding or complaining - when a person constantly finds things wrong with whatever situation he's ...


Chores and Responsibilities

Chores and Responsibilities

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For some, the very words 'chores' and 'responsibilities' send shivers down their spines. Yet these are among the most important tools to build us ...


Simply Helping Others

Simply Helping Others

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Shavuot is the holiday we celebrate God's giving us the Torah. Interestingly, Mt. Sinai, the special mountain God chose to give us the Torah, ...


Taking Care of our Private Property

Taking Care of our Private Property

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The Earth, its beauty and bounty, is one of God's most precious gifts to us. In this week's Torah portion, God asks us to let the land that we own ...


Treat Others RIght

Treat Others RIght

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We each have the power to choose whether to be 'hurters' or 'healers'. The choice comes down to whether we try to treat other people with respect, ...


How We Treat Others

How We Treat Others

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In this week's Torah portion we find what our sages call the most important message of the entire Torah: "You shall love your fellow as ...


Ugly Speech

Ugly Speech

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It may not seem like it, but gossiping and speaking badly about others is one of the ugliest things a person could do. In the times of the Bible ...


Gaining Self Respect

Gaining Self Respect

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Even though it might seem like fun, it's not right to do things purposely that are disgusting or gross. This week's Torah portion teaches us that ...


Choose Your Values

Choose Your Values

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Passover is the great festival of freedom when we remember and celebrate our people's miraculous freedom from the brutal slavery of Egypt. While ...


True Freedom

True Freedom

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Passover is the great festival of freedom when we remember and celebrate our people's miraculous freedom from the brutal slavery of Egypt. While ...