I Wanna Be a Maccabee

Who are the heroes of Chanukah?

It's My Fault

Three words that changed everything.

Lessons My Dog Taught Me

Buddy showed me the meaning of love.

Why Not?

Two words changed everything.

Thanksgiving Blessings

After losing my son, I began to understand what it means to be grateful.

100 Blessings

Why should I be grateful?

The Woman in the Park

With all my flaws, am I worthy of love?

Does Polite Equal Good?

How I unexpectedly discovered the key to genuine goodness.

My Facebook Hiatus

Breaking free from the 'being liked' trap.

What Do I Know?

When not knowing is true wisdom.

The Yom Kippur Dare

Do I ask God for another chance, a chance I know I don’t deserve?

My Yom Kippur Resolution

I cringe thinking how much aggravation I caused this woman.

Yom Kippur: Partner Track

Does God really care about the nuances of my life?

Shana Tova?

Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?

My Moment of Weakness

Do you want God to cut you some slack?


Don't wait till you're really lost.

Am I for Real?

There was a little voice of doubt that worried me. What if I was a fake?

Unplug & Reconnect

Life is great. Disconnect and enjoy.

Camp Simcha

At age 18, what did I know about caring for a kid with multiple special needs?

Hurricane Irene and Elul

Make sure you prepare for what's coming.

Three Words of Self Doubt

You're not serious about your goal if you use one of these three words.

Spirituality & Mental Health

Research on how faith in God impacts one's emotional well being.


Every day your father is going to deposit $86,400 into your account. Whatever is left over at the end of each day gets erased.

Dangerous Assumptions

Most hatred stems from our assumption of guilt regarding people's thoughts and motivation.

Making Exceptions

Baseless hatred stems from hating others for what we fear may be true about ourselves.

All for One

Tisha B'av and the secret of Jewish unity.

Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

How to make a permanent change for Leiby's memory.

Turning 40

For my 40th birthday, I decided to dream again.

Music Is Medicine

If I can help change the world, so can you.

Skeleton Key

Gratitude opens every door.

Perfect Flaws

Life – and the people in it – are not perfect. They're not supposed to be.

Breaking Away from the Bully

Slavery is more than just forced labor.

Don't Wait to be a Hero

A volunteer firefighter tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected.

Haman's Voice Within

According to Haman, Brooks Conrad is a total failure, and so are you.

Excess Baggage

Is emotional baggage sabotaging your relationships?

How to Get Rich: Ethics of Fathers 4:11

The connection between monetary wealth and Jewish wisdom.

Take The Shot

The only failure is not trying.

Runner's Kick

Ever feel like you just can't reach the finish line?

Avoiding Life's Freakouts

Thinking about the meaning of life.

The Art of Positive Thinking

Negative thinking doesn't just ruin a family dinner, it ruins lives.


Love comes in many guises.

Perfection vs. Good Enough

How to stop berating yourself and persevere in trying your best.

Don’t Burn the Day

Dave Matthews, two funerals and one wake up call.

Facing the Music

A year after my mother's death, I couldn't bring myself to listen to music again.

Chanukah and Burnout

Why didn't God simply give the Jews an eight-day supply of oil?

Soul Ignited

This Chanukah, tap into the light.

Breakfast with Tzvi: Black Sabbath

A lesson for life from the heavy metal world of rock n roll.

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