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My Torah Mentor, Jiro the Japanese Sushi Master

My Torah Mentor, Jiro the Japanese Sushi Master

I just read the Torah in shul for the first time, thanks to an old Japanese sushi master named Jiro Ono.

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Seeing Beyond Our Fears

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When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

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What really separates winners from losers.

Just Do It

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Why I observe Judaism even when I don’t feel like it.

Letting Go of Resentment in 5 Hard Steps

Letting Go of Resentment in 5 Hard Steps

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Since carrying it around is even harder.

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

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Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.

My Broken Ankle

My Broken Ankle

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Despite everything I’ve gone through, this is a big deal to me. I’m a wimp and I’m terrified.

The Roots of Thanksgiving
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How to truly feel thankful.

The Race to Catch My Flight

The Race to Catch My Flight

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Running as fast as I could as the final call blared, I realized I had lost my handbag.

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

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A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.

Slovie Speaks: The Girl from Last Week Slovie Speaks: The Girl from Last Week

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Catch a loved one doing something good.

Why Do We Say Shabbat Shalom? Why Do We Say Shabbat Shalom?

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The deeper Kabbalistic significance of Shabbat.

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

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

My Special Education

My Special Education

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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

Happiness: The Three S’s of Sukkot

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Three tools for attaining more happiness.

My Yom Kippur Call

My Yom Kippur Call

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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 Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

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How to truly forgive someone who has hurt you.

Ten Inspiring Quotes for Ten Days of Repentance

Ten Inspiring Quotes for Ten Days of Repentance

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Motivation to begin change now.

Stephen Sondheim and the Great Yom Kippur Morality Play

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The perils of the unexamined life.

#7: Ethical Speech

#7: Ethical Speech

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

How to Break Bad Habits

How to Break Bad Habits

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

Knowing Your Life Matters

Knowing Your Life Matters

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

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

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

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

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

At War before Rosh Hashanah

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No one but you can make you great.

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

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Design your personalized Spiritual Fitbit.

My Slingshot Ride

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

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

Small Act, Big Impact Small Act, Big Impact

Small Act, Big Impact

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Appreciating the spiritual power of performing a single mitzvah.

How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

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

The Better You Planner

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

Can I Really Change?

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

Elul: The 4 D's of Lasting Change

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How to keep your resolutions and truly grow.

Change

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Three keys to catapulting from paralysis to action.

Stuck at the Airport and Loving It Stuck at the Airport and Loving It

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A very effective tool on how to handle stress.

How Judaism Took Me Out Of My Depression

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

God Winking

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Showing up to the imperfect unpredictable mess of life.

When Breath Becomes Air

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Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

#6: Patience, or How to Overcome Road Rage

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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

Looking for God Amidst the Pain

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

8 Ways to Make Your Life Miserable

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

Letting Go Letting Go

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

Special

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

Stop Drifting

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Create the plan to get the life you want.

It’s Not About the Wheelchair It’s Not About the Wheelchair

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

When My Best Friend Dumped Me

When My Best Friend Dumped Me

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

Four-Letter Words

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Is there anything wrong with swearing?

The 10 Ingredients to Living a Happy Life

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Are any of them missing in your life?

Seeing the Good in Others Seeing the Good in Others

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How to see past the negativity that divides us.

#4: Integrity: Will the Real You Please Stand Up

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