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Uncluttering the Mind Ethics of the Fathers, 3:10

Uncluttering the Mind Ethics of the Fathers, 3:10

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A cloudy mind clears for those things that truly matter.

Stuck in JFK

Stuck in JFK

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Your everyday actions can affect the entire world.

Give It All You've Got

Give It All You've Got

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The Maccabees taught us that immobilizing perfectionism leaves no room for God.

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

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Don't wait for the Kodak moment.

Toppling

Toppling

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Shortcuts: the quick way to nowhere.

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:9 Direct Line to the Heavens

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:9 Direct Line to the Heavens

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There are many avenues to connect with our Creator. Not all ways are equal.

Japanese or French?

Japanese or French?

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How do you plan on leaving the month of Tishrei?

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:8 In Praise of Servitude

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:8 In Praise of Servitude

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Who is greater: the servant of the king or the king of servants?

Sukkot: Turning Nothing into Something

Sukkot: Turning Nothing into Something

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Sukkot is about finding what would otherwise be thrown away and wasted, and injecting it with purpose.

It's Not My Fault

It's Not My Fault

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A strategy for a meaningful Yom Kippur.

Grant Proposal for Self Improvement

Grant Proposal for Self Improvement

by Beth R. Shapiro

A proven method for defining and achieving personal and spiritual goals.

Eli Whitney's Rosh Hashanah Resolution

Eli Whitney's Rosh Hashanah Resolution

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This Rosh Hashanah make sure your resolutions are S.M.A.R.T.

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:7 Safety in Numbers

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:7 Safety in Numbers

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More than misery loves company, sanctity thrives among the many.

10 Reasons Why Life Is like Riding a Bike

10 Reasons Why Life Is like Riding a Bike

by Bracha Kurtzer

How to really enjoy the ride.

The Pursuit of Happiness? Ethics of the Fathers, 3:6

The Pursuit of Happiness? Ethics of the Fathers, 3:6

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Is our passionate quest for leisure time what Thomas Jefferson had in mind?

Gossip: A 3-min Film

Gossip: A 3-min Film

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A little gossip never hurts anyone, right? Wrong!

Stranger on the Hospital Stairs

Stranger on the Hospital Stairs

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As the Jewish nation defends its very existence, grief and pain surround us. It all stems from one source.

A Bucketful of Miracles

A Bucketful of Miracles

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Experiencing descent for the sake of ascent.

The Greatest Protection: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:5

The Greatest Protection: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:5

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Should we be afraid of things that go bump in the night?

Building Your Self-Image

Building Your Self-Image

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Tools for banishing those negative perceptions of self.

Making Judaism Work

Making Judaism Work

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Why doesn't Torah observance create a better person automatically?

The Experience of Serious Illness

The Experience of Serious Illness

by Naomi Brudner

Caregiving is never easy, but it is an opportunity to help the patient in a profound and meaningful way.

Not by Bread Alone: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:4

Not by Bread Alone: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:4

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What does your dining experience look like?

The Location of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:3

The Location of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:3

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It is the quality of speech that separates us from all other forms of creation. Why?

Seeing Miracles

Seeing Miracles

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Have you seen your miracle today?

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Passover

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Passover

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This Passover, break free from the ruthless hi-tech servitude.

Other People's Shoes

Other People's Shoes

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Strategies for judging favorably.

A Prayer for Freedom: Ethics of the Fathers 3:2

A Prayer for Freedom: Ethics of the Fathers 3:2

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Why pray for a non-Jewish government?

The Hero Within

The Hero Within

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Twelve years after contracting Lou Gehrig's Disease, Dr. Rahamim Melamed-Cohen, now totally paralyzed, enjoys a life of productivity -- and love.

Done Shopping

Done Shopping

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I thought I needed a new sweater, but what I really needed was a new outlook.

Three Reflections: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1

Three Reflections: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1

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How to make sure you stay on the right path.

Winning the Race: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21

Winning the Race: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21

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In spiritual pursuits, the very act of trying counts as success.

Slam Dunking

Slam Dunking

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Three important lessons I learned from basketball.

Collecting Diamonds: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:20

Collecting Diamonds: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:20

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The time is short and diamonds are everywhere!

The Security of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:19

The Security of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:19

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To understand why we believe what we believe, know how to answer a heretic.

Growths

Growths

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What should have been a joyous time of pregnancy became instead a time of terrible worry and fear, largely because I allowed it to be.

The Relevance of Prayer: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:18

The Relevance of Prayer: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:18

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Prayer is more than a response to crisis; it is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation.

Grand Larceny: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:17

Grand Larceny: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:17

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As much as we owe the Almighty gratitude for our intrinsic natural abilities and talents, we owe Him even more for those blessings that are extrinsic.

Affirmations

Affirmations

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Could it be that uttering some well-chosen mantras can really change your life?

The Spiritual Workout

The Spiritual Workout

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When life's challenges feel like an Olympic training program.

Keep Your Eye on the Expert

Keep Your Eye on the Expert

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This Rosh Hashana, become the person you wish you were.

The Evil Eye: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:16

The Evil Eye: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:16

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When everything we have just isn't enough.

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:15: Three Foundations of Spiritual Harmony

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:15: Three Foundations of Spiritual Harmony

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To achieve spiritual harmony, a Jew has to achieve perfection in his relationship with the Almighty, with society, and with himself.

Where is My Mind?

Where is My Mind?

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You know where your hands are; do you know where your mind is?

Spiritual Vertigo: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14

Spiritual Vertigo: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14

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Protecting oneself from spiritual myopia.

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:13: Lighting the Way through Darkness

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:13: Lighting the Way through Darkness

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What is the good path? An in-depth, mystical analysis

The Ways of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:12

The Ways of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:12

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Which is greater: knowledge or reason?

This Is a Test

This Is a Test

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Recognizing the spiritual challenges behind life's little calamities.

The Qualities of Greatness: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:10-11

The Qualities of Greatness: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:10-11

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What are the critical qualities needed to attain greatness?

As Vital as Oxygen: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:9

As Vital as Oxygen: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:9

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What was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai thinking?

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