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Dieting and Yom Kippur

Dieting and Yom Kippur

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Dieting as a paradigm for spiritual elevation.

Feeling God's Presence

Feeling God's Presence

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Spiritual exercises to connect to God's goodness in the world.

Climbing to the Top

Climbing to the Top

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Answering Rosh Hashana's question: Did you do as much as you could with the gifts the Almighty gave you?

Go for the Gold

Go for the Gold

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Achieving your personal victory this Rosh Hashana.

Nine Plus One

Nine Plus One

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What does animal tithing have to do with Rosh Hashanah? Everything.

A Case of the Gimmes

A Case of the Gimmes

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Giving brings meaning and love into our lives, and now we find out there's an additional bonus -- we live longer as well.

Enough Is (Not) Enough!

Enough Is (Not) Enough!

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When do we ever feel we truly have enough?

Stressed Out?

Stressed Out?

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There is an ancient Jewish solution that helps battle the stress in our lives, but it's not easy.

Talk is Cheap

Talk is Cheap

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Every time I open my mouth I am making a choice: Will I use my power of speech to heal, or will I use my words to hurt?

The Art of Desire: Ethics of the Fathers 1:16

The Art of Desire: Ethics of the Fathers 1:16

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Get a rabbi so he can teach you how to really enjoy life in a permissible, holy fashion.

In the Waiting Room

In the Waiting Room

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What do you do while you wait for the doctor in the waiting room?

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The "Noble" Prize

by Craig Hirsch

Don't settle for being good. Be great.

Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching: Ethics of the Fathers 1:15

Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching: Ethics of the Fathers 1:15

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Work on the externals, and the internals will eventually follow.

The Film is Rolling

The Film is Rolling

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Brief moments can be excruciatingly slow when projected on a movie screen.

Mine and Yours

Mine and Yours

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Psychological and chassidic insights into the four basic character types.

Me, Myself and I: Ethics of the Fathers 1:14

Me, Myself and I: Ethics of the Fathers 1:14

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Finding your unique self and sharing it with the world.

Diamond Processing

Diamond Processing

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Every person has buried deep inside a dazzling, million-dollar gem. We just need to cut away the dirt to find it.

Orange Juice Enlightenment

Orange Juice Enlightenment

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How to free the mind, heart, and spirit from the poison of judging others.

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

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It may make sense for businesses to judge by current performance, but this thinking is particularly toxic when applied outside the workforce.

Growth or Death: Ethics of the Fathers 1:13

Growth or Death: Ethics of the Fathers 1:13

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He not busy bein' born is busy dyin'.

The Pursuit of peace: Ethics of the Fathers 1:12

The Pursuit of peace: Ethics of the Fathers 1:12

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The path to peace is through loving others and loving Torah.

Questions Each Day

Questions Each Day

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Questions that can have a profound impact on your life.

Measuring Words: Ethics of the Fathers 1:11

Measuring Words: Ethics of the Fathers 1:11

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Our words can make or break our children.

Traveling Light

Traveling Light

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The guidelines for a good vacation are also great tools for the good life.

Daily Mind Building

Daily Mind Building

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A list of brief meditations that can have a profound impact on your life.

What The Angel Taught You

What The Angel Taught You

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Seven keys to life fulfillment.

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

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We wouldn't advocate random acts of spending. So why treat kindness any less seriously?

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.