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/


Common Goals

Two people who are trying to reach the same goal have a choice: to either compete and work...

Giving an Apology

Giving a gift is a way of sending a message. It can bring two people closer together. It can be...

Peaceful Relations

Life is so much better when we get along peacefully with the people around us, and it is worth...

Wisdom of Leadership

It's human nature to want to do things our way. We don't like to be told what to do. Yet, in...

Other People's Money

Most of us realize that it is an important value to be honest and straight. Yet sometimes things...

Fact Or Opinion

There is a fine line between fact and opinion. Many times, what at first seems to be an...

Being Patient

Sometimes a person feels like losing his temper. We all have moments or encounter people that...

What You Really Want

There are different kinds of wanting. Sometimes a person wants something because he understands...

Having a Mentor

Sometimes a little expert advice can make a big difference. If a person doesn't feel well, he'll...

Being Honest

Honesty is a tricky business. Sometimes things that at first seem honest don't appear quite as...

Being Generous

Every human being has within him two opposing drives. One is to behave generously and give of...

Firstborn Blues

This week's portion teaches us about the special role of firstborns in Biblical times. They had...

Returning Lost Objects

We all wish that the world was a more peaceful place and that people would get along better with...

Honest Trading

Some people think that although it's important to be nice and fair to others, when it comes down...

Honoring Our Parents

Once there was a tiny, absolutely helpless baby who was all alone. He couldn't feed or clothe...

Appreciating Our Elders

When we're young, we can feel like we don't have much in common with older people, and maybe not...

Getting What You Need

It is not always easy to feel satisfied with what we have. Even if someone has more than he...

The Plague of Rumors

This week's portion describes the plague of tzora'at that people would get in Biblical times....

Depending on God

We all have certain things that we've grown to depend on and take for granted as being necessary...

Be Kind to Everyone

It's naturally to be nice to and help out others that are part of 'our crowd' - people who we...

Recognizing the Good

A lesson in gratitude from Moses.

Positive Thinking

We can't see them but a person's thoughts are very powerful. In fact, the way we think about the...

Living By Our Values

What do we do if we are asked to do something we know is wrong? What if we are ordered to? In...

God is Watching

Everything we do, even if nobody sees us, is being watched and recorded on camera - by God. And...

Special Strengths

We all have things we are extra good at as well as things that don't come easily to us. One of...

The Pleasure of Giving

It's easy to get the wrong idea about giving. While it may seem like the giver is helping out...

A Meaningful Plan

Most of the time life makes sense. Things go on as usual as we ride the ups and downs of life's...

Being Forgiving

Forgiving is one of the most special things we can do. It is also one of the most difficult. In...

Being Modest

Some people have been blessed with more than others. Through hard work or just plain good...

Being Consistent

It doesn't take big leaps or dramatic acts to succeed, only continual and consistent effort....

False Accusations

It is inevitable that there will be misunderstandings in life. For instance, there may be times...

Being Consistent

It's important to say what we mean, but even more important to mean what we say. In this week's...

Facing a Bully

It isn't pleasant, but there may be times in our lives when we encounter bullies -- people who...

Paying for Damages

Everyone knows that "fair is fair." The only problem is figuring out just what fair is...

Considering Others

No sensitive person wants to hurt anybody's feelings or cause him humiliation. But how far...

Setting a Good Example

We are being watched. The way we act sets an example for those around us. When the Jewish people...

First Impressions

People are not always the same on the inside as they appear on the outside. The image that...

Enjoying the Present

The manna that God provided for the Jews as they journeyed through the desert was a wonder food....

Honesty Pays

When we hear the word "stealing" we usually think of robbers with masks and guns or a...

Being Humble

The portion this week teaches about the Passover holiday and how we shouldn't eat anything...

Say Little, Do Much

Many times a person's actions speak louder than their words. Impressive sounding promises and...

Never Give Up Hope

There are some situations that may be difficult, but we can at least see a way out of them. Then...

Changing Your Life

Most people find it comfortable keep doing things the way they always have. Even when we...

Trying Our Best

Sometimes it's possible to do the impossible. In this week's Portion, Batya, the daughter of...

Good For Others

It feels good to live up to our values and do what is right. But what should we do if the people...

Vayechi 5764

New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We all have great potential inside of us that we may...

Don't Blame Others

It is tempting to blame others when we make a mistake. This is especially true if they had...

Vayigash 5764

New! Torah Portion Coloring Pages OVERVIEW We all feel angry at times - it's part of life. But...

Lessons of the Past

This week's Torah portion is unique in that it's a song. It is Moses' song describing the...

Looking Towards the Future

In this week's portion, Joseph was able to see the future in Pharaoh's dream, and save the world...

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