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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.

Giving It Back

Giving It Back

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Sometimes it's tempting to take what isn't ours. In this week's Torah portion we learn what a person needs to do if he took something he shouldn't ...


Working Hard

Working Hard

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Being successful and achieving goals in life requires many things, but one of the most important is working hard. This week's Torah portion tells ...


Having Mercy

Having Mercy

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Mercy means being kind and willing to help others. In this week's Torah portion we learn about the great mercy God has for each of us. God taught ...


Bringing Joy

Bringing Joy

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One of the most beautiful parts of Purim - the holiday on which we celebrate God miraculously saving us from a terrible holocaust many centuries ...


He Is the Sinner

He Is the Sinner

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In this parsha we learn about the rebellion against Moses' leadership led by Korach, and God's punishing response. The following verse is part of ...


Holy Giving

Holy Giving

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This week's portion teaches us the amazing idea that we can make everyday things and possessions holy by using them for a higher purpose. In the ...


Fair Borrowing

Fair Borrowing

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It happens all the time. We borrow something from someone, or someone borrows something from us. But what if something breaks... who's ...


Being Content

Being Content

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One of the Ten Commandments we read in this week's portion is not to covet. That means not being jealous of other people's things. One way to ...


Being Patient

Being Patient

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This coming Shabbat is a day called Tu B'shvat. It is the day we celebrate one of God's most special creations - the tree - and all of the good we ...


Keeping Your Word

Keeping Your Word

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A person's word is more valuable than gold and we should always try to keep our promises. Unlike the cruel Pharaoh who, in this week's Torah ...


Showing Appreciation

Showing Appreciation

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Gratitude is more than just an attitude. In this week's portion, in order to free the Hebrew slaves from their brutal Egyptian taskmasters, it was ...


Getting Involved

Getting Involved

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If we see someone in trouble and there's a chance we can help, we should not turn our heads the other way. We should get involved and help him ...


Siblings

Siblings

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Every kid in a family, whether he or she's the oldest, youngest or somewhere in between, has their own special place, with its own special perks ...


Embarrassing Others

Embarrassing Others

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This week's Torah portion teaches us the importance of not embarrassing others even when giving them constructive criticism. Before Joseph ...


Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

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Foresight is the ability to look past our immediate wants and needs and make decisions that will bring us the most long-term happiness. In this ...


Be Yourself

Be Yourself

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One message of Chanukah is that a person shouldn't be afraid to be himself. In the times of the first Chanukah, the Greek Empire was trying to ...


Playing it Straight

Playing it Straight

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The Torah way is to be straight and honest, and not fool or deceive others. In this week's portion we see the sharp contrast between our ...


Importance of an Education

Importance of an Education

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Taking our studies seriously builds our character and can also open doors in the future. In this week's Torah portion, our forefather Jacob is ...


Helping Others

Helping Others

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Doing another person a favor is one of the holiest, most spiritual acts we can do. In this week's portion we learn how it was Rebecca's ...


A Healing Visit

A Healing Visit

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When someone we know is sick, it is a great act of kindness - and a mitzvah - to pay him a visit. In this week's Torah portion, as Abraham is ...


Compromising for Peace

Compromising for Peace

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When people make the effort to get along peacefully with each other, they live a happier life. In this week's Torah portion, Lot's shepherds ...


Ability and Responsibility

Ability and Responsibility

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Ultimately each of us is responsible for our own choices and the fact that someone pressures or convinces us to do something wrong is not a ...


Saving Face

Saving Face

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Embarrassment hurts, and how we treat someone when he is in an embarrassing situation makes all the difference. In this week's portion, Noah found ...


We Are Equal

We Are Equal

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Because some people are wealthier and have more than others, it's easy to forget that deep down we are really all equal. The holiday of Sukkot is ...


Effort To Make Up

Effort To Make Up

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The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are some of the holiest days of the year. One of the holiest things in life is when people get along ...


Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5767

Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5767

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Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is a holiday dedicated to personal growth. It's a special time that God gives us to grow even better people ...


Forgiving to Others

Forgiving to Others

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God is forgiving and wants us to be forgiving to others. In this week's Torah portion we see that God always keeps the door of forgiveness open to ...


The Power of Joy

The Power of Joy

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Anything we do - even if it's hard - will go so much better and easier if we do it with happiness and joy rather than with a heavy heart. In this ...


Keep It Clean

Keep It Clean

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Keeping ourselves and our environment clean is an important value. In this week's Torah portion, God tells the people to keep their encampments ...


Quick to Accuse

Quick to Accuse

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Even if the evidence points that way, we shouldn't be quick assume somebody has wronged us. In this week's portion we learn about the Torah's ...


Stand Strong for Right and Wrong

Stand Strong for Right and Wrong

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A story about doing the right thing, for the entire family.


Effort for Pleasure

Effort for Pleasure

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Often, the most worthwhile and pleasurable things in life don't come easily. This week's Torah portion teaches us about the unique spiritual ...


When Times Are Tough

When Times Are Tough

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When things get tough, there is always one place we can turn for whatever help and support we need - that place is God. In this week's Torah ...


Coping With Fear

Coping With Fear

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We are now in the middle of a three-week period of mourning that culminates with the 9th of Av, the day the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed ...


Good For the Group

Good For the Group

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What do we do when what's best for us personally seems to clash with what's best for the group we're part of? In this week's Torah portion, some ...


True Leadership

True Leadership

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The sign of a real leader is someone who isn't afraid to consider the points of view of the people he's leading, and even being willing to change ...


Privacy is Important

Privacy is Important

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A big part of respecting people is respecting their privacy. In this week's Torah portion, the Jewish nation traveling in the desert got special ...


Let's Be Friends

Let's Be Friends

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Everyone wants friends, but not everyone knows that one of the best ways to make friends is by giving to people. Aaron, the High Priest, was ...


Jealousy Hurts Ourselves

Jealousy Hurts Ourselves

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Chukat_5766.asp Jealousy is a ...


Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Korach_5766.asp Part of growing up ...


Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness

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For the Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Shlach_5766.asp Being happy and ...


The Value of Unity

The Value of Unity

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For the Shabbat Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/family/Family_Parsha_Naso_5765.asp The holiday of ...


The Privilige of Giving

The Privilige of Giving

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As the Jewish people journeyed through the desert on their way to the land of Israel, one tribe, the Levites, was singled out by God for special ...


Sticking to Fairness

Sticking to Fairness

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Is it wrong to convince someone to do something that will be good for you when you know it won't be good for him? If someone lets himself get ...


Take Responsibility

Take Responsibility

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This week's Torah portion teaches that a person who hurts another or damages someone's property must take full responsibility and pay him for what ...


Holy Self Esteem

Holy Self Esteem

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In this week's Torah portion, God instructs us to realize that we're holy. But what does it mean to be holy? It means having strong enough ...


Spreading Pain

Spreading Pain

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Gossiping might seem like a small and harmless way to have fun, but the Torah teaches us it is just the opposite. Gossiping and speaking ...


Speak With Respect

Speak With Respect

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It is an important value to treat and speak to others with respect and not with rudeness or chutzpah. This is especially true when speaking to ...


Being Too Proud

Being Too Proud

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The special Passover flatbread, Matzah, has the same ingredients as regular bread, except it's unleavened so it doesn't puff up and rise. One ...


Keeping Promises

Keeping Promises

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We should be careful not to say we're going to do something unless we really mean it - and really do it. In this week's portion we learn how in ...


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