Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
When my grandson and son-in-law got caught in the line of fire.
Two Aish rabbis recollect studying with Rabbi Twersky.
Even tragedies have degrees.
Gaining some perspective on an unfathomable tragedy.
Israel mourns the horrific terror at a Jerusalem synagogue.
Today's attack will not deter my belief in the Almighty's promise.
A college campus psychiatrist tells students everything they really need to know about intimacy.
If you want to influence their decisions, make sure they feel your love, caring, and respect.
Despite our hopes that this is "the one," we sometimes need to just move on.
When does, “I have to live my own life” become selfishness?
Sometimes the most beautiful things are hiding in plain sight.
Don’t be afraid to show your weakness in order to let people help.
Divorce is not always rational.
4 tips on how to keep your cool.
Pumpkin cream trifle, apricot-sage cornbread cookies, and other delicious recipes for which you’ll be grateful.
5 strategies for dealing with post-date stress in a healthy way.
I thought things were going amazing when she out of the blue called it off. What happened?
As someone who hated the dating scene and did something about it, Casey Shevel knows a thing or two about effective dating.
We often question God's ways. But given the chance, how would we do things differently?
What matters most is maximizing our life before death.
Dressing modestly states: I am defined by who I am inside, not by what I look like on the outside.
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
Nissim Black’s search for light amidst the darkness.
The Hanukkah Story in 8 hit songs.A short medley of pop music parodies through the ages.
Everything you need to know about Hanukkah. Share with your family and friends.
Miracles do sometimes happen. Based on a true story. A timely Hanukkah message.
How do we ensure our children stay connected to their culture/religion?
“Listen, if this interview is going on much longer, can we at least bring in a nosh?”
What’s better: empty nest or full house? I’m conflicted.
What is the essence of friendship?
Are you on the path to attain true success?
And they’re not what you think!
Click here for a printer-friendly version.
September 9, 2013
September 30, 2014 8:02 PM
teshuva - a practical plan
The fourth step of teshuva, as is written in this infographic, is resolution: make a firm commitment not to repeat the harmful action. I'd like to add that a firm commitment includes a practical plan how to avoid repeating the harmful action. Many of us are in a rut when it comes to our weaknesses and it will take a lot more than a firm resolution to keep us from falling back into our bad habits. We must have a plan! We need to analyze what brought us to this negative behavior, what our triggers are, what we will do when the trigger goes off again, or how can we avoid a situation that will bring on the trigger, what will we do if we slip (such as a penalty that will be a strong motivator to keep to our firm commitment). Step #4 of teshuva takes a lot of thoughtful planning, without which, it is not complete or effective in the long term.Gmar chatima tova lechol Beit Yisrael.
September 29, 2014 12:07 PM
This is super helpful! Thank you so much for posting it!
September 14, 2013 12:16 AM
I believe & think this is one of the most beautiful Holy day & event.I would love to know more about all of the Holy festivals.
September 13, 2013 3:45 PM
In the book of Leviticus, the Torah commands us to “afflict” ourselves on Yom Kippur. Why? Two reasons:On this day, when our connection to G‑d is bared, we are compared to angels, who have no physical needs.We afflict ourselves to demonstrate the extent of our regret for our past misdeeds.The rabbis determined that “affliction” means that we are to deny ourselves certain luxuries, including wearing leather footwear. Leather shoes were considered a comfort until recent times, when it became possible to manufacture comfortable shoes of other materials.(We also afflict ourselves on Tishah B’Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples. Leather footwear is not worn on that day either.)On a mystical level, wearing leather is reminiscent of the primordial sin committed by Adam and Eve, after which G‑d outfitted them in garments made of skins (Genesis 3:21). On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we don’t want to do anything that recalls this sin. (Similarly, we also refrain from wearing gold on Yom Kippur, so as not to recall the sin of the Golden Calf.)
September 12, 2013 6:06 PM
Wearing leather shoes?
Why the prohibition?
September 13, 2013 8:14 AM
For historical reasons
Originally, the prohibition was against comfortable shoes, as a reminder of repentance. Since leather shoes were considered comfortable, the focus of the prohibition shifted away from the fit to the material of the shoes. And it stuck.
September 13, 2013 10:00 AM
See the ABC's of Yom Kippur. They say it has to do with shoes being symbolic of materialism. Though leather was the first garment given to Adam and Eve on thier expulsion, and not to where these might show forgiveness from original sin.
September 13, 2013 2:30 PM
Leather shoes breaths and you should not be that comfortable same as for fasting.
September 15, 2013 4:31 AM
Answer to roger
September 11, 2013 9:51 PM
Thanks so much!
This is absolutely beautiful! It's a great help to understand about Yom Kippur. Thanks for sharing!
September 11, 2013 12:07 PM
This makes it all crystal clear!
& yes we need more compassion for others....I hate to bring up money.....albeit just listening to those that feel lonely is perhaps the best medicine....& it doesn't cost much!! G'mar Chatima Tova
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.