Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching: Ethics of the Fathers 1:15

Work on the externals, and the internals will eventually follow.

Growth Through Kaddish

After my father died, we continued to grow together.

The Film is Rolling

Brief moments can be excruciatingly slow when projected on a movie screen.

Raising Yehuda

Becoming parents of a baby with Down's syndrome has forced us to reconsider our views on parenting and what it means to lead a meaningful life.

Mine and Yours

Psychological and chassidic insights into the four basic character types.

Me, Myself and I: Ethics of the Fathers 1:14

Finding your unique self and sharing it with the world.

Lessons from the Coast of Nowhere

A young African child, whose family couldn't scrape together five dollars to keep him in school, has something most people lack.

Diamond Processing

Every person has buried deep inside a dazzling, million-dollar gem. We just need to cut away the dirt to find it.

Orange Juice Enlightenment

How to free the mind, heart, and spirit from the poison of judging others.

Walking To Shul With My Dad

I was a three-day a year Jew who stopped by McDonalds on the way to the golf course every Saturday morning. Now I'm being called an observant Jew. What happened?

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

It may make sense for businesses to judge by current performance, but this thinking is particularly toxic when applied outside the workforce.

The Mystery of 1964

A child's shocking discovery of his father's painful past.

Kabbala #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn't

Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable "will" that goes beyond reason or cause and effect.

Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.

Praying With Angels

Hitching a holy express ride at the Western Wall.

The Pursuit of peace: Ethics of the Fathers 1:12

The path to peace is through loving others and loving Torah.

Questions Each Day

Questions that can have a profound impact on your life.

Looking for Mr. Munk

There was something different about Mr. Munk's Hebrew school class -- Judaism was not a bore.

Final Boarding Call

Through life -- and death -- a young mother teaches us to appreciate the grand eternal plan.

Mikey's Song

Mikey's story is not one of terrible suffering, but of faith and triumph.

Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.

Feeling Beauty

Learning to see life through the eyes of a poet.

Traveling Light

The guidelines for a good vacation are also great tools for the good life.

Pick Up the Phone

I hadn't thought much of Michael in the last three years. Until a few weeks ago when I heard that he had died of a sudden heart attack.

Daily Mind Building

A list of brief meditations that can have a profound impact on your life.

Mayanot on Prayer #3: Fixing the World through Prayer

Prayer pierces through God's concealment and reattaches the universe to the Divine.

Random Acts of Kindness

We wouldn't advocate random acts of spending. So why treat kindness any less seriously?

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.

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