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Please Forgive Me!

Please Forgive Me!

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How to reestablish any friendship or relationship when you are clearly in the wrong.

Lovers of Humanity

Lovers of Humanity

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Take a moment to let someone's pain register on your emotional Richter scale.

Did You See Darya in the Stairwell?

Did You See Darya in the Stairwell?

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The visit that wasn't: An unexpected lesson from a visit to Ground Zero.

The Eye That Sees

The Eye That Sees

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Satellite technology gives us a hint about inner spiritual dimensions.

Unlocking Ancient Wisdom - Pirkei Avot 1:1

Unlocking Ancient Wisdom - Pirkei Avot 1:1

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The first in a series on ethical lessons from a widely studied section of Talmudic literature.

Secret to Personal Renewal

Secret to Personal Renewal

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The world around us renews itself constantly. The most important aspect is learning how to tap into it for yourself.

Whom We Hurt: A Yom Kippur Preparation

Whom We Hurt: A Yom Kippur Preparation

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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?

Our Weakness - the Key to Greatness

Our Weakness - the Key to Greatness

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We all have negative character traits. What counts is how we use them.

The Day After

The Day After

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Don't let this "wake-up" call turn into the "snooze" button.

The New New Year

The New New Year

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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.

Confessions of a Worrywart

Confessions of a Worrywart

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If I had a magic wand, I'd make my life worry-free. But would that be the best thing for me?

Falling in Love With God, Step 4 - Service: Payback Time

Falling in Love With God, Step 4 - Service: Payback Time

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Judaism offers a unique solution to the spiritual dilemma of how to payback God.

Positive States

Positive States

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We all have moments of positive inspiration. The trick is to capture them for easy access in the future.

Falling In Love With God, Step 3: Indebtedness

Falling In Love With God, Step 3: Indebtedness

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To experience God deeply, we must face the undeniable truth that we are hugely indebted to our Creator.

Getting In Touch With Our Inner Slaves

Getting In Touch With Our Inner Slaves

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Everybody is enslaved to something. The only question is -- who is your master?

The Ruchama Project

The Ruchama Project

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Enlist in an army of good-deed-doers who are ready to change the world -- and the life of a teenage girl.

Hot Air

Hot Air

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Passover cleaning can liberate us from our most dangerous enemy -- our fragile egos.

Mastering The Gratitude Attitude

Mastering The Gratitude Attitude

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It begins with getting rid of the entitlement attitude, which puts "my rights" ahead of everything else.

I Can't Wait for the Day When...

I Can't Wait for the Day When...

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What are the most fervent dreams of America's young execs? You are in for a surprise.

Of Earthquakes and Abortion

Of Earthquakes and Abortion

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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?

Falling In Love With God – Part 1

Falling In Love With God – Part 1

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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.

Courage Versus Chutzpah

Courage Versus Chutzpah

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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.

Legalizing Assisted Suicide

Legalizing Assisted Suicide

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Last week, the Dutch Parliament officially legalized what has been common practice in the Netherlands for many years: the killing of patients by doctors.

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

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About two years ago, we had an unplanned growth in our family -- a large cancerous tumor.

Bad Attitude: A True Story For Yom Kippur

Bad Attitude: A True Story For Yom Kippur

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"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."

Micros and Macros

Micros and Macros

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How do we face the challenges of these most significant days?

Principles of the Soul: #13 - The Communication Lie

Principles of the Soul: #13 - The Communication Lie

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Spouses don't feel alienated from each other because they can't communicate; they feel alienated because all they are communicating is negativity.

We Are What We Say

We Are What We Say

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Appreciating the immense impact of those little words we utter.

Soul Matters: #5 Prayer Made Practical

Soul Matters: #5 Prayer Made Practical

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Prayer can be difficult. Here are some practical exercises on how to use it to our advantage.

Happiness: the Fuel for a Meaningful Life

Happiness: the Fuel for a Meaningful Life

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How to find happiness by living in the present and anticipating the future. An excerpt from the new book "Powers of the Soul".

Soul Matters: #4 - Worlds and Levels of Soul

Soul Matters: #4 - Worlds and Levels of Soul

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The levels of soul transform prayer into a spiritual elevator that takes us up into the presence of God.

Principle of the Soul: #12 - The Deeper Meaning of Physical Intimacy

Principle of the Soul: #12 - The Deeper Meaning of Physical Intimacy

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It has the potential for intense holiness and intense corruption, depending who's at the helm -- your soul or your ego.

Soul Matters: #3 - Souls and Prayer

Soul Matters: #3 - Souls and Prayer

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Connecting with the five levels of soul during prayer draws down different aspects of spiritual energy and transforms the prayer experience.

Principles of the Soul: #11 - Marriage and True Intimacy

Principles of the Soul: #11 - Marriage and True Intimacy

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Intimacy is ever-present and waiting to emerge as soon as the ego gets out of the way.

Soul Matters: #2 - Unifying Souls

Soul Matters: #2 - Unifying Souls

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The five levels of soul channel the light of God into us, but our actions effect the flow of spiritual energy.

Principles of the Soul #10: The Mystical Art of Passover Cleaning

Principles of the Soul #10: The Mystical Art of Passover Cleaning

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Finding and burning the chametz is akin to finding and purging the ego to let the soul shine through.

On Becoming A Kind Person

On Becoming A Kind Person

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Small acts of kindness bring fulfillment and joy to the doer, but most importantly they have life-transforming potential.

Principles of the Soul: #9 - Content vs. Context

Principles of the Soul: #9 - Content vs. Context

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One of Judaism's secrets to having healthy marriage: Step away from angry content to relate to your partner in context.

Soul Matters: #1 - Real Soul Brothers

Soul Matters: #1 - Real Soul Brothers

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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.

Principles of the Soul: #8 - Your Soul and Your Soulmate

Principles of the Soul: #8 - Your Soul and Your Soulmate

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The challenge of marriage is to come to a constant recognition that you are actually one unit.

Principles of the Soul: #7 - Purim, Soul and Your Role in History

Principles of the Soul: #7 - Purim, Soul and Your Role in History

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Purim teaches us that nothing is random, and that every soul has a role to play in the Divine tapestry called history.

Principle of the Soul: #6 - Don't Wreck Your Life

Principle of the Soul: #6 - Don't Wreck Your Life

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When you are caught up in your ego -- whether you are scared, angry, nervous, or frustrated -- you are incapable of making a sane decision.

Principle of the Soul #5 - It's the Thought that Counts

Principle of the Soul #5 - It's the Thought that Counts

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Learning to separate ego-driven thinking from soul-inspired thinking is a challenge of growing spiritually.

Principles of the Soul: #4 - A View of the Universe

Principles of the Soul: #4 - A View of the Universe

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The ego says that external circumstances define how you should feel. The soul says that the controls are all internal. What do you think?

Principles of the Soul: #3 - Giving Vs. Taking

Principles of the Soul: #3 - Giving Vs. Taking

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The struggle between your soul and your ego is over life-affirming giving and body-deteriorating taking.

Principles of the Soul #2: The Ego

Principles of the Soul #2: The Ego

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Your ego is that inner voice that makes you act like an idiot. Silencing it may not be possible, but controlling it is.

Principles of the Soul: #1 - Your Essence

Principles of the Soul: #1 - Your Essence

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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.)

Our Bout with Cancer

Our Bout with Cancer

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A bout with a terrifying illness teaches that no pain, no matter how great, can match the power of the human soul.

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