Suffering and Consolation: A Father's Perspective

My daughter's battle with leukemia taught me how to find consolation even in the midst of terrible pain.

A Member of the Club

Death has never been an infrequent occurrence. But I wasn't in the know.

Path of the Soul #10: Trust

Once you recognize that the world is not meant to be comfortable, certain, or easy, but rather an ideal training ground for the soul, trust in God can begin to take root.

My Rat's Tale

What my rat taught me about joy.

More Life to Live

Mr. Meyer had less than a 1% chance walking out of the hospital. But that was only according to science.

No Short Cuts: Ethics of the Fathers 1:10

When you seek shortcuts in the spiritual, you always lose in the long run.

Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.

When Chocolate Isn't Enough

There were times I needed more than eating chocolate to get me through the some of the more difficult moments in raising kids. But then I got in touch with my inner chocolate.

Path of the Soul #9: The Calm Soul

Tranquility doesn't spell the end of our spiritual struggles; it's the inner quality that equips us to handle them.

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

Why is it necessary to bring the body and soul together for ultimate eternal reward?

My Friend in Heaven

I could not believe her luck. She had a wheelchair, she was sick and to top it all off, she had been in the hospital with all those presents

Hitting the Bull's-Eye: Ethics of the Fathers 1:9

If the mind is prone to rationalization, how can we obtain true objectivity?

In the Big Inning

The Florida Marlins were so much fun to watch because something came from nothing.

Path of the Soul #8: Strength of a Hero

Surrounded by a culture that celebrates self-indulgence, the real hero is one who practices self-restraint.

Divine Baseball Blooper

With his team's miraculous World Series performance on the field, one young man marvels at his own miraculous feat.

Mayanot on Prayer #1: I Pray Therefore I Am

The commandment to prayer bequeaths to man the sense of his own significance that enables him to perform all the other commandments with dedication.

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel.

Path of the Soul #7: Loving Kindness

Stretching ourselves in our caring for each other is central to our spiritual job description.

Growing Up Sisters

Decades of hurt and strain finally give way to understanding and reconciliation.

Path of the Soul #6: Giving from the Heart

Generosity is a movement of the soul that erupts when you are pierced by the recognition of your direct connection to another soul.

When Bad Things Happen

If God is good, why is the world so bad?

Accessing the Judge Within: Ethics of the Fathers 1:8

Be a judge, not a lawyer, especially when it comes to the decisions you need to make in your life.

Through the Gate of Tears

Actualizing your potential on the Days of Awe.

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

Rosh Hashana instills the awareness that God judges and rewards my actions, which gives meaning, purpose, and justification to life.

The Liberating Experience of Judgment

Yes these are Days of Awe, but they are days of exhilaration too.

Path of the Soul #5: Giving Honor

We seek honor, yet withhold giving honor to others. In truth, we've got it backwards.

On Anger

Anger, which can work so powerfully against happiness, is the very tool we've been given to get a handle on our invisible, elusive inner selves.

Human Nature: Inherently Good or Evil? Ethics of the Fathers 1:7

Avoiding the negative clears the path for our inherent goodness.

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

Judaism is not a fast-food religion.

Path of the Soul #4: Patience

The root of impatience is the erroneous belief that we are the masters of our fates.

The Night the Lights Burned On

All you need for a wedding celebration is people power.

Path of the Soul #3: Gratitude

Making something of beauty out of what we do have, incomplete as it may be.

The Work

Can't stand the way your boss treats you? Chances are you're guilty of the same thing.

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

With the understanding that Torah is absolute, there is no time when it becomes inappropriate or irrelevant.

The Odd Couple

I used to think that Jewish unity meant all of us being the same. Naphtali showed me otherwise.

Path of the Soul #2: How Much Space Do You Take?

Being humble doesn't mean being nobody, it just means being no more of a somebody than you ought to be.

The Babe Ruth of Kindness - Ethics of the Fathers 1:5

The Next World is the place to commune with God; this life if an opportunity to perform kindness to others.

My Five Weeks with Cancer

Everything I need, I have. Everything I have, I need.

Path of the Soul #1: Discovering Mussar

How to close the gap between the high ideals we hold in mind and the living truth of how we act in life.

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

Every letter of the Written and Oral Torah transmitted through Moshe Rabbeinu was of Divine origin.

Determined to Live

How the Jewish people came together to save a special woman.

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

The uniqueness of the Siniatic experience differentiates the Jewish faith from all others.

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

Divine inspiration cannot provide a sufficient basis for an authoritative Torah.

The Few, The Proud, The...Jewish?

I had indispensable training in becoming an observant Jew: the U.S. Marines.

Don't Look Down

Being Jewish means striving for spiritual excellence.

Reservation Detour

A dramatic route to self-discovery includes a detour at Indian reservations in South Dakota.

For Heaven's Sake: Ethics of the Fathers 1:3

What's your underlying motivation for doing good?

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