Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

How did an ordinary Jew from Brooklyn become one of the greatest lights of our times?

My Nickname Was Retard: How I Survived Bullying

With no friends and no future in sight, Ben cried himself to sleep at night, even contemplating suicide. But then he had a revelation that changed everything.

Cheshvan: Turning the Bitter into Greatness

The spiritual growth we’ve harnessed this past month is available throughout the year.

Who Got the Better Deal?: An Incredible True Story of Two Siblings

A handicapped girl given up for adoption discovers her idol is her biological sister.

Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

A daily regimen for building your spiritual muscles.

Asking God

His friend had seven children. He was only asking for one.

Going Orthodox: 8 Things that Surprised Me Living as an Observant Jew

I was still insecure and nervous about living a Torah observant life. What would my new life look like?

“All of You Hungarians are Anti-Semites”

A Hungarian, non-Jewish supporter of Israel experiences bitterness and mistrust from Jews, especially survivors.

The Seven Heroes of Sukkot

Why Jews invite these biblical heroes to the sukkah each night.

A Shelter of Belonging: How the Sukkah Can Connect Us to Each Other

Open to the stars, we are able to see beyond the walls that divide.

Why the 4 Species on Sukkot?

Everything has its own part to play the Divine orchestra.

The Secret to a Guilt-free Yom Kippur

Understanding the crucial difference between negative guilt and constructive regret.

5 Ways to Achieve Real Change

How to nudge yourself into accomplishing your goals.

Q&A: Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur?

For one day we single-mindedly focus on the soul.

Donkey Kong, Secret Agent Man and Not Feeling God’s Love

Four reframes for the times you feel very distant from God.

Infusing Repentance with Mindfulness, Compassion and Self-Love

Creating the conducive environment to grow, heal and make amends.

Middot Series #12: Spiritual Accounting: Putting it into Practice

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: A system for constant self-assessment is essential for real change.

Seven Affirmations for a Peaceful Year

How to avoid the painful arguments and hurtful remarks that harm our relationships.

My Moment of Truth

As my father’s cries entered the deepest crevices of my heart, I had an epiphany.

8 Things I’m Letting Go before Rosh Hashanah

Because we can’t start anew until we stop what we’re doing.

Feeling the Love on Rosh Hashanah

God judges us only because He loves us and cares about what we do.

God Protect You: Grandma’s Necklace She Saved from the Holocaust

The pendant’s life-affirming message of hope gave her courage to embrace challenges throughout her life.

Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

Take this important annual spiritual checkup before Rosh Hashanah.

Sliver by Sliver: Rosh Hashanah, Weight Loss and the Path to Real Change

Greatness comes through the tough, little actions we make every day.

Why Did God Create Me?: A Jewish Response

It wasn’t because He was bored or lonely.

A Wedding, 9/11, and a Ticket to Yeshiva

The inner workings of a young man about to go to Israel and leave everything behind.

The Truth about Religion: Using Evidence to Decide What to Believe

Religions tell stories about the world. We want to know if there is truth in those stories. How can we find this out?

A Short Guide to a New Head

Three ways to lift out of the confusion and feel closer to God.

Taylor Swift’s New Song as a Jewish Guide to Forgiveness

Look what you made me do and three other common obstacles to forgiveness.

How Jury Duty Prepared Me for Rosh Hashanah

I thought jury duty was going to be waste of time. Instead it changed my life.

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions

Our feelings do not need to define us or dictate our actions.

Billy Joel’s Star of David

The singer wanted to take a stand and be counted proudly as a Jew.

How to Really Grow During the Month of Elul

No one can help you grow unless you take responsibility for yourself.

Off the Grid: Joshua Safran’s Childhood Was Nothing like Yours

One boy’s improbable journey from witches’ commune to Jerusalem.

4 Elements: Jewish Personality Typing

Getting to know the most fascinating person in the world – yourself.

My Sudden Hearing Loss

My summer of unexpected challenges and heartfelt kindness.

My Guru, Dr. Jacobs

A funny thing happened on my way to saving the world.

Where's the Salt!

Don't blame, don't complain. A simple phrase that can change your life.

Finding the Joy of Tisha B’Av

Why is the saddest day of the Jewish year called a “festival”?

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