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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.

Being Important

Being Important

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Some people just naturally seem to attract a lot of attention. Their look, style, and what they do tends to make them stand out as stars among ...


Common Goals

Common Goals

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OVERVIEW Two people who are trying to reach the same goal have a choice: to either compete and work against each, or cooperate and work with each ...


Giving an Apology

Giving an Apology

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Giving a gift is a way of sending a message. It can bring two people closer together. It can be a way of saying "I'm sorry" or ...


Peaceful Relations

Peaceful Relations

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OVERVIEW Life is so much better when we get along peacefully with the people around us, and it is worth going out of our way to do so. This week's ...


- Being Honest -

- Being Honest -

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OVERVIEW Most of us realize that it is an important value to be honest and straight. Yet sometimes things come up that can tempt even a normally ...


Wisdom of Leadership

Wisdom of Leadership

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OVERVIEW It's human nature to want to do things our way. We don't like to be told what to do. Yet, in many situations, the wisdom of leadership and ...


Other People's Money

Other People's Money

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OVERVIEW Most of us realize that it is an important value to be honest and straight. Yet sometimes things come up that can tempt even a normally ...


Fact Or Opinion

Fact Or Opinion

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OVERVIEW There is a fine line between fact and opinion. Many times, what at first seems to be an objective 'fact' is really just someone's ...


Being Patient

Being Patient

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Sometimes a person feels like losing his temper. We all have moments or encounter people that try our patience and make us feel like we are at our ...


What You Really Want

What You Really Want

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OVERVIEW There are different kinds of wanting. Sometimes a person wants something because he understands that he needs it for a real purpose. Other ...


Having a Mentor

Having a Mentor

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Sometimes a little expert advice can make a big difference. If a person doesn't feel well, he'll get advice from his doctor. If his car starts ...


Being Honest

Being Honest

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OVERVIEW Honesty is a tricky business. Sometimes things that at first seem honest don't appear quite as clean when we give them a second look. This ...


Being Generous

Being Generous

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Every human being has within him two opposing drives. One is to behave generously and give of his time, possessions and energy. The other is to ...


Firstborn Blues

Firstborn Blues

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OVERVIEW This week's portion teaches us about the special role of firstborns in Biblical times. They had certain unique privileges - as well as ...


Returning Lost Objects

Returning Lost Objects

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We all wish that the world was a more peaceful place and that people would get along better with each other. Is there anything we can do to make ...


Honest Trading

Honest Trading

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OVERVIEW Some people think that although it's important to be nice and fair to others, when it comes down to matters having to do with money, the ...


Honoring Our Parents

Honoring Our Parents

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Once there was a tiny, absolutely helpless baby who was all alone. He couldn't feed or clothe himself. He could hardly move. Left on his own, it ...


Appreciating Our Elders

Appreciating Our Elders

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OVERVIEW When we're young, we can feel like we don't have much in common with older people, and maybe not much to learn from them either. But in ...


Getting What You Need

Getting What You Need

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It is not always easy to feel satisfied with what we have. Even if someone has more than he could possibly use, he can feel like he wants to grab ...


The Plague of Rumors

The Plague of Rumors

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OVERVIEW This week's portion describes the plague of tzora'at that people would get in Biblical times. This plague would come upon someone if he ...


Depending on God

Depending on God

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We all have certain things that we've grown to depend on and take for granted as being necessary for our happiness. Yet some of these things may ...


Be Kind to Everyone

Be Kind to Everyone

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OVERVIEW It's naturally to be nice to and help out others that are part of 'our crowd' - people who we think are similar to us. But the real test ...


Recognizing the Good

Recognizing the Good

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A lesson in gratitude from Moses.


Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

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OVERVIEW We can't see them but a person's thoughts are very powerful. In fact, the way we think about the things in our lives is the main thing ...


Living By Our Values

Living By Our Values

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What do we do if we are asked to do something we know is wrong? What if we are ordered to? In this week's Torah portion, Shifra and Puah, the two ...


God is Watching

God is Watching

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Everything we do, even if nobody sees us, is being watched and recorded on camera - by God. And our conscience, the part of us that makes us feel ...


Special Strengths

Special Strengths

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We all have things we are extra good at as well as things that don't come easily to us. One of the reasons that God made people this way is to ...


The Pleasure of Giving

The Pleasure of Giving

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW It's easy to get the wrong idea about giving. While it may seem like the giver is helping out the ...


A Meaningful Plan

A Meaningful Plan

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Most of the time life makes sense. Things go on as usual as we ride the ups and downs of life's roller coaster. But there can be times in life ...


Being Forgiving

Being Forgiving

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Forgiving is one of the most special things we can do. It is also one of the most difficult. In ...


Being Modest

Being Modest

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Some people have been blessed with more than others. Through hard work or just plain good fortune, they may have things most others cannot afford ...


Being Consistent

Being Consistent

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW It doesn't take big leaps or dramatic acts to succeed, only continual and consistent effort. This ...


False Accusations

False Accusations

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It is inevitable that there will be misunderstandings in life. For instance, there may be times that we are wrongly accused of doing something ...


Being Consistent

Being Consistent

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW It's important to say what we mean, but even more important to mean what we say. In this week's ...


Facing a Bully

Facing a Bully

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It isn't pleasant, but there may be times in our lives when we encounter bullies -- people who aren't very nice to us or may even want to harm us. ...


Paying for Damages

Paying for Damages

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Everyone knows that "fair is fair." The only problem is figuring out just what fair is. Wouldn't it ...


Considering Others

Considering Others

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No sensitive person wants to hurt anybody's feelings or cause him humiliation. But how far should we be willing to go? In this week's Torah ...


Setting a Good Example

Setting a Good Example

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We are being watched. The way we act sets an example for those around us. When the Jewish people ...


First Impressions

First Impressions

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People are not always the same on the inside as they appear on the outside. The image that someone projects doesn't necessarily tell the whole ...


Enjoying the Present

Enjoying the Present

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW The manna that God provided for the Jews as they journeyed through the desert was a wonder food. It ...


Honesty Pays

Honesty Pays

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When we hear the word "stealing" we usually think of robbers with masks and guns or a thief sneaking around in the night. However there ...


Being Humble

Being Humble

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW The portion this week teaches about the Passover holiday and how we shouldn't eat anything leavened ...


Say Little, Do Much

Say Little, Do Much

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Many times a person's actions speak louder than their words. Impressive sounding promises and claims are worth very little if they are not backed ...


Never Give Up Hope

Never Give Up Hope

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW There are some situations that may be difficult, but we can at least see a way out of them. Then there ...


Changing Your Life

Changing Your Life

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Most people find it comfortable keep doing things the way they always have. Even when we discover that there may be a better way to behave or ...


Trying Our Best

Trying Our Best

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW Sometimes it's possible to do the impossible. In this week's Portion, Batya, the daughter of Pharaoh, ...


Good For Others

Good For Others

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It feels good to live up to our values and do what is right. But what should we do if the people around us aren't? Should we get involved and try ...


Vayechi 5764

Vayechi 5764

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We all have great potential inside of us that we may not even realize. We can be unaware of what ...


Don't Blame Others

Don't Blame Others

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It is tempting to blame others when we make a mistake. This is especially true if they had encouraged us to do wrong in the first place. But this ...


Vayigash 5764

Vayigash 5764

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New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We all feel angry at times - it's part of life. But we still have choice whether we are going to stay ...