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Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt

Shaul Rosenblatt grew up in Liverpool. He studied for his smicha at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem where he met his first wife Elana a"h who passed away in 2001 after a long struggle with cancer. They had four children together and Shaul has a further four with his second wife Chana, who he married in 2003. Shaul is the author of Finding Light in the Darkness, published by Targum Press, about facing life challenges with strength and faith. Shaul founded Aish UK in 1993 and Tikun UK in 2006. Tikun is based in London and focuses on teaching personal wellbeing and meaningful Judaism. Tikun.co.uk. Shaul enjoys almost everything in life.

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The Yes Man

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Bad Things Don't Happen

Bad Things Don't Happen

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Finding light in the darkness.


Very Good

Very Good

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Direct Line

Direct Line

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Staying Afloat

Staying Afloat

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The Jewish Meritocracy

The Jewish Meritocracy

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Seeing the Reality

Seeing the Reality

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Spiritual Entropy

Spiritual Entropy

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World Without Consequences

World Without Consequences

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Consequences make life worth living.


Sidestepping Your Desires

Sidestepping Your Desires

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The Greatness of Humility

The Greatness of Humility

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Giving It Away

Giving It Away

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Do Not Covet

Do Not Covet

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Something To Cry About

Something To Cry About

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It is better to cry from pain, than from self-pity.


Appreciating Our Challenges

Appreciating Our Challenges

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The value of hindsight.


Doing Good and Being Good

Doing Good and Being Good

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Credibility and Respect

Credibility and Respect

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The Jewish Home

The Jewish Home

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The strength of the Jewish people lies in their homes.


Moses' Mistake

Moses' Mistake

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Even great people make mistakes.


All In the Same Boat

All In the Same Boat

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The See-Food Diet

The See-Food Diet

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Creating Independence

Creating Independence

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The Jewish objective in education.


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The Spiritual Fence

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An Only Child

An Only Child

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Walking the Walk

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Judaism is about moving forward at a slow and steady pace.


Listen To The Land

Listen To The Land

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Shabbat Reality

Shabbat Reality

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Why we rest on Shabbat.


Hurting in Your Heart

Hurting in Your Heart

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Holy Desires

Holy Desires

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Cutting to the Core

Cutting to the Core

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Murderous Speech

Murderous Speech

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Is speaking negatively about others possibly worse than killing them?


Life Control

Life Control

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True Value

True Value

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Waking Up

Waking Up

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Honoring Money

Honoring Money

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Why Do It?

Why Do It?

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Communal Influence

Communal Influence

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Looking Good

Looking Good

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The Charity Solution

The Charity Solution

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Doctor of Doctors

Doctor of Doctors

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Being, Being, Being

Being, Being, Being

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Emotional Slaves

Emotional Slaves

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Let My People Go

Let My People Go

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Freedom is only of value if there is purpose attached to it.


Stop the Craziness

Stop the Craziness

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Immediate Goodness

Immediate Goodness

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Out Into The World

Out Into The World

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The End of Days

The End of Days

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The True Challenge of Giving

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From Rags to Riches

From Rags to Riches

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Life Is a Struggle

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