Most interactions are with people whose private pain is hidden from us. How can we make sure that we do not add to their distress with a harsh word?
We all have negative character traits. What counts is how we use them.
Do you arrive at Rosh Hashanah stunned to discover that you're making the same resolutions as the year before? Here's how to break the pattern.
If I had a magic wand, I'd make my life worry-free. But would that be the best thing for me?
Judaism offers a unique solution to the spiritual dilemma of how to payback God.
We all have moments of positive inspiration. The trick is to capture them for easy access in the future.
To experience God deeply, we must face the undeniable truth that we are hugely indebted to our Creator.
Everybody is enslaved to something. The only question is -- who is your master?
Enlist in an army of good-deed-doers who are ready to change the world -- and the life of a teenage girl.
Passover cleaning can liberate us from our most dangerous enemy -- our fragile egos.
It begins with getting rid of the entitlement attitude, which puts "my rights" ahead of everything else.
What are the most fervent dreams of America's young execs? You are in for a surprise.
We are willing to extend Herculean efforts to save a life, even when the possibility is remote. Why should limiting abortion on demand be any different?
To enjoy the greatest pleasure in life, we need to embrace the half of the glass that's full and the half that's empty.
Boldness and brazenness are two sides of the same coin. What leads to great acts of courage, the other can render great harm. But both can be turned to do good.
Last week, the Dutch Parliament officially legalized what has been common practice in the Netherlands for many years: the killing of patients by doctors.
About two years ago, we had an unplanned growth in our family -- a large cancerous tumor.
"My career was still stuck in neutral. I wasn't working. I wasn't doing anything to get things going either, except blaming my roomate for ruining my life with his success."
How do we face the challenges of these most significant days?
Spouses don't feel alienated from each other because they can't communicate; they feel alienated because all they are communicating is negativity.
Prayer can be difficult. Here are some practical exercises on how to use it to our advantage.
How to find happiness by living in the present and anticipating the future. An excerpt from the new book "Powers of the Soul".
The levels of soul transform prayer into a spiritual elevator that takes us up into the presence of God.
It has the potential for intense holiness and intense corruption, depending who's at the helm -- your soul or your ego.
Connecting with the five levels of soul during prayer draws down different aspects of spiritual energy and transforms the prayer experience.
Intimacy is ever-present and waiting to emerge as soon as the ego gets out of the way.
The five levels of soul channel the light of God into us, but our actions effect the flow of spiritual energy.
Finding and burning the chametz is akin to finding and purging the ego to let the soul shine through.
Small acts of kindness bring fulfillment and joy to the doer, but most importantly they have life-transforming potential.
One of Judaism's secrets to having healthy marriage: Step away from angry content to relate to your partner in context.
The soul is a complex spiritual entity made up of five intricately connected parts, which may explain why at times we feel different degrees of spirituality.
The challenge of marriage is to come to a constant recognition that you are actually one unit.
Purim teaches us that nothing is random, and that every soul has a role to play in the Divine tapestry called history.
When you are caught up in your ego -- whether you are scared, angry, nervous, or frustrated -- you are incapable of making a sane decision.
Learning to separate ego-driven thinking from soul-inspired thinking is a challenge of growing spiritually.
The ego says that external circumstances define how you should feel. The soul says that the controls are all internal. What do you think?
The struggle between your soul and your ego is over life-affirming giving and body-deteriorating taking.
Your ego is that inner voice that makes you act like an idiot. Silencing it may not be possible, but controlling it is.
At your innermost point is a spark of pure Divinity: your soul. That essence gives you all the wisdom and perspective you need in life. (First in a series.)
A bout with a terrifying illness teaches that no pain, no matter how great, can match the power of the human soul.