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The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

Passover celebrates the concept of a personal God who cares about us and is the ultimate director of history.

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Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

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The surprising findings of a new Israeli study echoes Jewish mysticism.

Can God Make 2+2=5?

Can God Make 2+2=5?

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While God may do the impossible – even the paradoxical – He does not do the inconceivable, the irrational, or the just plain wrong.

The Meaning of

The Meaning of "Adam": Insights into the Hebrew Language

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The potential to sink lower than the animals and rise higher than the angels.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

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If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

All for the Best?

All for the Best?

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When my late wife was first diagnosed with cancer I found it difficult to believe that everything God does is for the best.

How Judaism Defines God How Judaism Defines God

How Judaism Defines God

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How can finite beings talk about an infinite Creator?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

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The details show we really care.

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

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An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.

Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot

Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot

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Exploring the inner depth of the Talmudic tale about a King and his cup of wine.

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

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Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of this misunderstood holiday.

Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment

Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment

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What two drops in the ocean can teach us about God, humanity and how to find lasting love.

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell? Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

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A quick Jewish perspective, with no devil and pitch forks.

Our Good and Bad Inclinations Our Good and Bad Inclinations

Our Good and Bad Inclinations

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Channeled properly, even the sharper parts of ourselves can be used for good.

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

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Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.

Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

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Nine crucial lessons.

The Ten Commandments & God The Ten Commandments & God

The Ten Commandments & God

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God’s ten basic, yet profound instructions for how to lead a moral life.

A Wounded Faith and Loyal Hasid

A Wounded Faith and Loyal Hasid

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My unexpected encounter with Prof. Elie Wiesel gave me a glimpse into his regal soul.

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded? Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded?

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded?

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The mitzvot of the Torah enable us to be our true, natural self.

Who is the Messiah?

Who is the Messiah?

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And how will we recognize him when he comes?

When Choosing God Isn’t Practical

When Choosing God Isn’t Practical

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Is a relationship with God worth it? Shavuot supplies the answer.

The Essence of Kabbalah The Essence of Kabbalah

The Essence of Kabbalah

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Mastering the art of receiving.

Can God Create a Rock He Can’t Pick Up?

Can God Create a Rock He Can’t Pick Up?

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A Jewish approach to the classical philosophical dilemma.

Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz? Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz?

Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz?

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Exploring the essence of freedom.

Passover: Feeling God’s Love Passover: Feeling God’s Love

Passover: Feeling God’s Love

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The more you believe it, the more you’ll receive it.

Remembering God’s Promise Remembering God’s Promise

Remembering God’s Promise

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God kept His word and took us out of Egypt. That sense of hope has carried us throughout Jewish history.

“Why Do Jewish?” for the Twitter Generation

“Why Do Jewish?” for the Twitter Generation

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The commandments are not a burden nor an all-or-nothing system. They are an opportunity and a privilege.

Eradicating Cynicism

Eradicating Cynicism

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Purim and the war against meaning.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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A short animation on mankind’s challenge and limited view of understanding the ways of God.

How Wonderful Is Your Life? How Wonderful Is Your Life?

How Wonderful Is Your Life?

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Learning to see beyond labels and recognize the miraculous in the mundane.

Lennon's Imagine

Lennon's Imagine

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John Lennon articulated the vision. But it takes deeper wisdom to know how to accomplish it.

Waking Up Thirsty

Waking Up Thirsty

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For the first time in many years, you feel the sensation of being of alive. A songwriter's meditation.

God Isn’t Out to Get You God Isn’t Out to Get You

God Isn’t Out to Get You

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Get rid of childish images of God that stifle your happiness and spiritual growth.

Finding God Finding God

Finding God

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Exploring the Jewish definition of God.

God Says Hello

God Says Hello

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Understanding the meaning of coincidences.

Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View

Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View

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Why Jewish burial is important — for you and the soul of the departed.

How to Have a Meaningful Life

How to Have a Meaningful Life

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It starts by getting five-finger clarity.

Know How to Answer Christian Missionaries

Know How to Answer Christian Missionaries

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Exploring sin, sacrifices and atonement, common themes used by missionaries.

Worst Day Ever?

Worst Day Ever?

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A Jewish teen’s poem goes viral, sending an inspiring Jewish message around the world.

Joy & Tisha B’Av

Joy & Tisha B’Av

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In the terrible, wonderful paradox of the Jew in exile, we are permanently, gratefully, happy. And temporarily, terribly sad.

The Goering Brothers: Heredity is Not Destiny

The Goering Brothers: Heredity is Not Destiny

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While Herman Goering was killing Jews, his brother worked tirelessly to save them.

Isn’t Judging Favorably Naïve?

Isn’t Judging Favorably Naïve?

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Judge others with the same measuring rod you judge yourself.

The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye

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We bring it upon ourselves through hubris, self-centeredness and insensitivity to others.

Torah and Thoreau

Torah and Thoreau

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My enthralling discovery that Henry David Thoreau’s ideas have their roots in Jewish consciousness.

The Choice of Self-esteem

The Choice of Self-esteem

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Our constant struggle between reality and denial.

Religion, Police & Functioning of Democracy Religion, Police & Functioning of Democracy

Religion, Police & Functioning of Democracy

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Is religion necessary for following societal rules?

The Kosher Song The Kosher Song

The Kosher Song

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A must-see rap song about keeping kosher.

The Purpose of Leaving Egypt

The Purpose of Leaving Egypt

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Three central lessons from the Passover story.

Feeling Good Vs. Being Good Feeling Good Vs. Being Good

Feeling Good Vs. Being Good

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What really drives you?

If You Were God

If You Were God

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We often question God's ways. But given the chance, how would we do things differently?