Holy Jewish Chutzpah

When it comes to spirituality, never take no for an answer.

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

My Yellow Sticky Hanukkah

In the midst of the office Christmas party, I shocked myself by asking, “Are we doing anything for Hanukkah?”

Middot Series #8 - Guard Your Eyes

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Judaism’s life hack for avoiding harmful images.

All for the Best?

When my late wife was first diagnosed with cancer I found it difficult to believe that everything God does is for the best.

Putting God into the Equation

The Hanukkah menorah reminds us that small miracles still happen.

Hand of Fate: Amazing True Story

An Israeli soldier's parachuting accident affects a family in an unexpected way.

Saved

A young Jewish man gets ensnared in the welcoming community of Messianic Jews.

Burying Sam: Life after Death

Finding meaning after the death of my baby.

My Torah Mentor, Jiro the Japanese Sushi Master

I just read the Torah in shul for the first time, thanks to an old Japanese sushi master named Jiro Ono.

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.

From Baptist Minister to Orthodox Jew

Moshe Boldor’s harrowing odyssey from hunted renegade in Communist Romania to freedom in the U.S. as an observant Jew.

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

What really separates winners from losers.

How Judaism Defines God

How can finite beings talk about an infinite Creator?

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.

My Broken Ankle

Despite everything I’ve gone through, this is a big deal to me. I’m a wimp and I’m terrified.

The Henny Machlis Guide to Character Improvement

Henny’s loving-kindness, generosity, and exemplary character were the product of a lifetime of striving and working on herself.

God, Stay Where I Can See You

Shattered and made whole. Learning to trust God with everything.

The Race to Catch My Flight

Running as fast as I could as the final call blared, I realized I had lost my handbag.

Judaism and My Addiction to Food

No matter how much I eat, I never feel full. Food can’t fill what’s missing in my life.

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.

Why a White Supremacist Renounced his Faith

How a Shabbat dinner gave a young leader in the White Nationalist movement food for thought.

My Decision to Start Observing Shabbat

I’m no Abraham, but his act of walking in faith toward the unknown inspired me to do the same.

Why Do We Say Shabbat Shalom?

The deeper Kabbalistic significance of Shabbat.

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.

My Husband’s Brain Tumor

God is listening, even when I mumble.

A Walking Miracle

After my two strokes, doctors told my parents that I would never walk, talk or learn in a mainstream classroom. God had other plans.

A Comedian's Return to Judaism

I used to see Judaism as a restriction, but now I view it as a way to take better care of my soul.

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.

Happiness: The Three S’s of Sukkot

Three tools for attaining more happiness.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

Kyle Maynard’s courage to live with no excuses demonstrates the sukkah mindset.

My Yom Kippur Call

It was one the hardest calls I’ve ever made. And it turned out to be one the best.

Middot Series #7 - Ethical Speech

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Our words are a powerful force to build – and destroy.

How to Break Bad Habits

Know your triggers and desired outcome, and replace your negative response with a more constructive alternative.

My Journey to Judaism

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to move up.

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of this misunderstood holiday.

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

Some inspiring Jewish quotes to help guide you in your resolutions for the New Year.

My Yoga Teacher’s Murder Became the Sound of the Shofar

Randy Smith’s death propelled me to go beyond my perceived limits.

The Bodyguard at My Door

When my mother received a death threat, I got an unusual wakeup call.

Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment

What two drops in the ocean can teach us about God, humanity and how to find lasting love.

Knowing Your Life Matters

On Rosh Hashanah, identify your unique mission and responsibility to live a life filled with purpose.

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

A quick Jewish perspective, with no devil and pitch forks.

Getting Your Prayers Answered

Understanding why and how prayer works. A Jewish perspective.

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

A powerful exercise everyone should do to prepare for the High Holidays.

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