Kurt Vonnegut and encounters with the Infinite source of existence.
Free choice is humanity's "greatest gift," a gift that itself makes life worth living.
Harold Kushner's approach to suffering is profoundly un-Jewish and provides no solace to those in pain.
When "bad things happen to good people," by what standard does one define "bad"?
If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?
If Jews believe in a blissful afterlife, why does death cause us such inconsolable grief?
Tisha B'Av teaches that through pain and sadness, we can truly know pleasure and joy.
One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
It isn't the physical life itself that makes the difference; it is the legacy.
Appreciating the gifts that old age provides.
How living the commandments empowers you to connect with God and be your true self.
Respecting elders is more than good manners, it shows what is truly important in life.
Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?
Being a Jew demands developing the intellectual and moral courage to live by what is true, even if the whole world stands opposed.
The pitfalls of trying to always be Number One.
Why did God create the world where grownups must suffer through inattentiveness, non-compliance, and general moodiness with our kids?
What is the most important element in achieving happiness?
Sometimes the best way to give is by allowing others give to us and take.
How can we ever truly enjoy something when we know that all things will pass?
Are you ready to die today?
Everyone needs that one person who understands us and with whom we can communicate openly without any pretenses.
Parents give physical life to a child; teachers inject that life with purpose and meaning.
The faults we accuse others of can most often be found within ourselves.
Living with joy despite our setbacks and travails.
Striving to live with an awareness of the pain of others and do what we can to alleviate their burden.
You don't need to be famous to be a hero.
Living life urgently, intensely and purposefully.
Why wait for a funeral to give heartfelt praise about those you love?
Whether you're over the hill or not depends on whether you still feel like climbing.
What comfort do we find in all the noise?
Not a chance. Adversity -- wherever it strikes, whomever it takes and whomever its spares -- always has a reason, even when it cannot be discerned.
God may make it difficult for us to approach Him in order to increase our eventual reward.
Doing good unto others is a key component of spiritual health.
The existence of good and evil allows man to make the right choice, and merit greater closeness to God.
One of the highest human pleasures is that of accomplishment -- completing a job well done.
The gift of a Divine soul separates man from the rest of God's creatures.
What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.
God's motivation for creating the world sheds light on our own life goals.
How Shavuot and its parallel facets of meaning represent the intertwining of God's omnipotence with man's free will.
Who is the master of your universe? A Rosh Hashanah meditation.
Why is it necessary to bring the body and soul together for ultimate eternal reward?
Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel.
Rosh Hashana instills the awareness that God judges and rewards my actions, which gives meaning, purpose, and justification to life.