Why Do We Say Shabbat Shalom?

The deeper Kabbalistic significance of Shabbat.

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.

My Special Education

I was a dedicated special ed teacher, but I was relieved they weren't my children. But God has a good sense of humor…

Happiness: The Three S’s of Sukkot

Three tools for attaining more happiness.

My Yom Kippur Call

It was one the hardest calls I’ve ever made. And it turned out to be one the best.

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

How to truly forgive someone who has hurt you.

Middot Series #7 - Ethical Speech

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Our words are a powerful force to build – and destroy.

How to Break Bad Habits

Know your triggers and desired outcome, and replace your negative response with a more constructive alternative.

Knowing Your Life Matters

On Rosh Hashanah, identify your unique mission and responsibility to live a life filled with purpose.

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

Some inspiring Jewish quotes to help guide you in your resolutions for the New Year.

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

A powerful exercise everyone should do to prepare for the High Holidays.

At War before Rosh Hashanah

No one but you can make you great.

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

Design your personalized Spiritual Fitbit.

My Slingshot Ride

Catapulting 240 feet into the air made me rethink what is truly possible.

My Broken Laptop

To fix or not to fix? A too-good-to-be-true story for Elul.

Small Act, Big Impact

Appreciating the spiritual power of performing a single mitzvah.

How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

Don’t allow yesterday's mistakes to limit tomorrow's possibilities.

The Better You Planner

A free pdf download that will help you take small steps toward your big goals.

Can I Really Change?

How to tap into the transformative power of the Jewish month of Elul.

Elul: The 4 D's of Lasting Change

How to keep your resolutions and truly grow.

Change

Three keys to catapulting from paralysis to action.

How Judaism Took Me Out Of My Depression

Converting to Judaism had an unexpected side effect: my depression became much less prominent in my life.

God Winking

Showing up to the imperfect unpredictable mess of life.

When Breath Becomes Air

Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

Middot Series #6 - Patience, or How to Overcome Road Rage

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: It can be a rude awakening to discover that you are not the Master of the Universe.

Looking for God Amidst the Pain

The human soul can be a window to feeling the depth of God’s love.

8 Ways to Make Your Life Miserable

And keep the insidious feelings of joy and gratitude at bay.

Letting Go

Could you forgive the man responsible for the death of your family?

Special

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Living in the Age of Narcissism.

Stop Drifting

Create the plan to get the life you want.

It’s Not About the Wheelchair

Aaron Fotheringham’s confinement to a wheelchair isn’t stopping him from attaining his dreams.

When My Best Friend Dumped Me

One day she valued our friendship and the next day she didn't. These four tools empowered me despite the pain.

Four-Letter Words

Is there anything wrong with swearing?

The 10 Ingredients to Living a Happy Life

Are any of them missing in your life?

Seeing the Good in Others

How to see past the negativity that divides us.

Middot Series #5 - Integrity: Will the Real You Please Stand Up

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Life's greatest challenge is the battle for self-respect.

Moses and the Secret of Greatness

Moses, not Muhammad Ali, was “the greatest” because he never acted as if he was superior to anyone else.

How to Show You Care

Reclaiming the forgotten power of writing a letter.

Muhammad Ali: Give Up Or Get Up

What it really takes to be a champ.

The View from the Mountain

My rendezvous with God at the top of Runyon Canyon before sunrise.

The Naysayer

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Why do we give voice to the negative instead of focusing on the positive?

I Am Not Orthodox

A video about Jewish unity created by a group of 7th graders.

Getting Rid of Toxic Phrases in the Home

15 negative phrases to avoid and their hopeful alternatives.

Ten Things I Learned from My Doctors

Since the physical world is a reflection of the spiritual.

Steph Curry’s Shavuot Message

Forget the moment of glory. Real success is built on daily consistent choices.

7 Keys to Master Your Life's Mission: #7: Kingship

Taking ownership and responsibility for your world.

Middot Series #4 - Gratitude

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: It’s not happy people who are thankful; it’s thankful people who are happy.

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