Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
Amazing true story about what happens when we make peace our top priority.
Judaism, Shabbat and the feminine mystique.
The team hasn’t won a World Series in 108 years. Is it really due to a curse, as many people believe?
A revealing video about how Israel treats Palestinians.
It is pointless to argue with those who happily pervert reality in the service of their profoundly held prejudices.
A true story about a cranky mob, a kind bus driver and how to transform misery into blessing.
My husband wants to plan a big family trip that we can’t afford. He thinks it’s important; I don’t.
My friend is so mean to me. Help!
What I learned in 60 minutes at Life's SuperStore.
I was a dedicated special ed teacher, but I was relieved they weren't my children. But God has a good sense of humor…
I used to see Judaism as a restriction, but now I view it as a way to take better care of my soul.
After my two strokes, doctors told my parents that I would never walk, talk or learn in a mainstream classroom. God had other plans.
The stranger who yelled at my husband and the perils of misjudging others.
How to foster strong family bonds.
What a remarried couple needs to know to start their blended family on the right foot.
Great conversation starters you can use on a date.
Common obstacles on the road to finding your soul mate.
How to share sensitive information to your date.
Kurt Vonnegut and encounters with the Infinite source of existence.
My boyfriend is an observant Jew, I want to convert, and my mother is freaking out.
Life is full of distractions from the underlying reality of God's existence.
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.
How could my dinky menorah compete with all those dazzling lights?
Crossing the finish line despite all odds.
Miracles do sometimes happen. Based on a true story. A timely Hanukkah message.
An Infographic to SHARE with friends and family.
“Soon by You”, a web series about the New York dating scene, is turning heads.
Why do people judge others so harshly on social media?
A retired event planner dishes on invitation etiquette.
What do you want to be remembered for?
How to truly forgive someone who has hurt you.
Justin Timberlake, celebrating the new year and the joy of being Jewish.
April 10, 2013 1:09 AM
I don't often find myself saying it was better back when. It was just different and I was different in the past. As I grow older I find meaning in things I never even noticed before. There are always challenges and tough times, but hopefully with age comes the wisdom to deal with today's challenges in a better way than we did in the past.
March 23, 2013 6:30 PM
I found this message to be very inspiring,we do tend to think back at past hardships and tell ourselves that it wasnt so bad. Hence the bitter herbs!
March 19, 2013 4:40 PM
It's an old "saw". We cannot have the one, without, the other, and even today, in seeing the anguish, the terrible brutality in this world, it would be hard to embrace what is bitter without knowing we must do what we can to change this. On another plane, we have Divine Providence, a knowledge that we were "led" and to be led, in this way, to be able to talk about these deep ongoing metaphoric truths, requires the bad parts of the story, along with the good. We could not feel the climb, reach the spires of inspiration without this. But it cannot ever condone, can it, the suffering we experience. And so we are caught, and what we can do, is make the world better, brighter, more loving, and that's the Burnt Manuscript, what's within the ORDER of the commandments themselves. Mitva and Matza are related words. I see it. I hear it. I know it.
March 19, 2013 3:07 PM
I don't know...
I certainly understand your message, but I'm not sure. For me, those good old days *were* good. I had a lot of fun, I had a general feeling of well-being and optimism. Now, it doesn't look so bright. I'm fulfilling some of my dreams, and I'm grateful for that, but I can't call the life "before" bitter. I've commented before that Lori has a pretty nice life, bli ayin hara, that some of us don't have. She isn't struggling to make ends meet, she has a family that's close and loving, not estranged, etc. We didn't all get such a good deal. I'd imagine that many people look back to their "before" days and remember them well, not bitter.
March 20, 2013 6:02 PM
Everyone has their challenges.
Please do not assume that I do not have amy challenges, because believe me, I do, whether it be relationships, finances or health. I am a person like you, just my challenges are different than yours. My rebbetzin taught me "that there are no problems, only opportunities for growth," and that is how I choose to live my life-- to not only face my challenges, but somehow embrace them.
March 18, 2013 11:48 PM
those were the good old days
Like the children of Israel looking back at the onions and garlic and meats in Mitzraim and saying those were the good old days;no, they weren't good, but they were familiar, routine; they had to advance toward bravery and the future and not stay in a mindless rut
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.