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Path of the Soul #10: Trust

Path of the Soul #10: Trust

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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.

No Short Cuts: Ethics of the Fathers 1:10

No Short Cuts: Ethics of the Fathers 1:10

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

When Chocolate Isn't Enough

When Chocolate Isn't Enough

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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

Path of the Soul #9: The Calm Soul

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

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

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

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

Path of the Soul #8: Strength of a Hero

Path of the Soul #8: Strength of a Hero

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

Path of the Soul #7: Loving Kindness

Path of the Soul #7: Loving Kindness

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

Path of the Soul #6: Giving from the Heart

Path of the Soul #6: Giving from the Heart

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

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

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

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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

Through the Gate of Tears

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Actualizing your potential on the Days of Awe.

Path of the Soul #5: Giving Honor

Path of the Soul #5: Giving Honor

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

On Anger

On Anger

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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

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

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Avoiding the negative clears the path for our inherent goodness.

Getting and Giving the Love You Need

Getting and Giving the Love You Need

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Valentine's Day and our ambivalence about love.

Path of the Soul #4: Patience

Path of the Soul #4: Patience

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

Path of the Soul #3: Gratitude

Path of the Soul #3: Gratitude

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

The Work

The Work

by Tefilla Buxbaum

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

Crossing The Narrow Bridge, Ethics Of The Fathers 1:6

Crossing The Narrow Bridge, Ethics Of The Fathers 1:6

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What are friends and rabbis for?

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

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

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

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

Path of the Soul #1: Discovering Mussar

Path of the Soul #1: Discovering Mussar

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

Gimme Shelter - Ethics of the Fathers 1:4

Gimme Shelter - Ethics of the Fathers 1:4

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How to turn your house into a Jewish home.

Don't Look Down

Don't Look Down

by Rabbi Michael Haber

Being Jewish means striving for spiritual excellence.

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

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

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What's your underlying motivation for doing good?

Three Pillars for a Meaningful Life - Ethics of the Fathers 1:2

Three Pillars for a Meaningful Life - Ethics of the Fathers 1:2

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The path to finding permanence in a transitory world.

At First Sight

At First Sight

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What would it be like to be blind all your life, and then be able to see?

Zapping the Matzah Ball

Zapping the Matzah Ball

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How to create a spiritual experience out of Gastronomic Judaism.

Aish.com's Game of Life

Aish.com's Game of Life

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Here's a card game to play with your friends that's more satisfying than Trivial Pursuit.

Anger: The Inner Teacher

Anger: The Inner Teacher

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Anger can show us who we really are and how we cope with frustration. Here are 14 tools for mastering this powerful and potentially destructive trait.

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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There is nothing more important than discovering who one really is. And there is no more qualified investor than oneself.

Sugar Bowl Priorities

Sugar Bowl Priorities

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Are we more interested in 'getting ahead' or in doing the right thing?

Mind Control

Mind Control

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Are you held responsible for dark thoughts and provocative feelings that you can't control?

Self Development Formula for Personal Growth

Self Development Formula for Personal Growth

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Upgrade your BRAIN and you upgrade your G.T.S.S.

Learning to Like Yourself

Learning to Like Yourself

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I had been left totally alone, in absolute communion with myself. I could hardly wait to get away.

10 Rules for Perfecting the World

10 Rules for Perfecting the World

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Think global, act local. Securing a free and peaceful world starts right in your own home, office and neighborhood.

Tomorrows

Tomorrows

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Too many tombstones tell the story of tomorrows which never came.

Joy to the World_

Joy to the World_

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How to bring more joy to others, and make yourself feel a little better, too.

An Open Letter to God

An Open Letter to God

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Dear God, we may not need to know "Why?" But we do need to know "When?"

Amos the Righteous: A Yom Kippur Fable

Amos the Righteous: A Yom Kippur Fable

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Those who believe in the power of good deeds love to tell his story.

Forgiving

Forgiving

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The struggle and freedom of asking and giving forgiveness.

The Twin Towers of Light

The Twin Towers of Light

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When the enemies of civilization attempt to cast the world into darkness, the most potent response is to increase the light.

Judging Others - And Yourself

Judging Others - And Yourself

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We should always give others – and ourselves – the benefit of the doubt.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

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The Book of Psalms is our response to God's love. An in-depth examination of one of the most famous psalms.

Who Is Honored? (part four)

Who Is Honored? (part four)

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Focusing on what is special about each person.

Who Is Rich? (part three)

Who Is Rich? (part three)

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The tool for being happy right now.

The Kindness Paradox - Pirkei Avot 1:5

The Kindness Paradox - Pirkei Avot 1:5

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Genuine kindness occurs when our sole motivation is caring about the welfare of others.

Elusive Holiness

Elusive Holiness

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Curtailing materialism can raise you to spiritual heights.

Rallying the Good

Rallying the Good

by Shira Hochheimer

The Washington rally: good or bad?

Daily Omer Meditation

Daily Omer Meditation

by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

A practical guide to becoming great in 49 days.

Active Learning: Pirkei Avot 1:4

Active Learning: Pirkei Avot 1:4

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