About the Author


Nesanel Yoel Safran

Nesanel Yoel Safran is a writer, chef, and a teacher/student of Jewish spirituality. He blends these assorted vocations on his blog, Soul Foodie, where you can join him on mystical cooking adventures and glean practical wisdom for the kitchen – and for living. https://soulfoodiecom.wordpress.com/


Special Talents

We all have special talents -- things that we are good at and know how to do. But it's up to us...

Everyone's Success

In this week's portion, we learn the proper way to react to other people's good fortune. Moses...

- Using Our Talents -

We all have special talents -- things that we are good at and know how to do. But it's up to us...

For Each Other

For the next few weeks, the Torah portion read in Israel will be different than the Torah portion...

Profiting Off Others

In this week's Torah portion when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments,...

Take Responsibility

"A tough job needs to get done, and somebody's got to do it." Do these words make us...

Deceiving Appearances

Our clothing does a lot of things. It keeps us warm. It protects us from the sun. This week's...

Party Together

Each of us has our own way of looking at the world, and own way of doing things. Because of this...

Being a Giver

There are many types of giving. Sometimes people give because they're forced to. Other times,...

The Greeting that Saved Lives

What gives a person value and makes him important? Is it his wealth? His looks or...

Being a Friend

We want to be nice to everyone. We try to help people when we can and not hurt their feelings....

Beating Around the Thorns

In this week's Torah portion, God tells the Jewish people to let their fields rest and not to...

Getting Just What We Need

In this week's Torah portion, God gives the Jewish people the Ten Commandments. One of them...

Coping with Loss

It is natural for someone who experiences a loss of something important in his life to feel sad,...

Getting Started

Sometimes we have a job to do, but it seems so big that we're hesitant to even get started. In...

Forgive and Forget

If someone does something to offend us, quite often the natural reaction is to want to take...

Appreciating Others

When someone does something nice for you, it's easy to feel excited and grateful. But as time...

Comforting Discomfort

In everyone's life, things happen - sometimes big, sometimes small - that cause frustration,...

Overcoming Limitations

Sometimes we face things that we feel we just can't do. We think they are just beyond our...

Lesson in Humility

While it is great to feel good about ourselves, sometimes we make the mistake by boosting...

Seeing Our Special Gifts

A story for the entire family.

The Secret Weapon

We all walk around carrying a powerful secret weapon - our power of speech. In fact, ancient...

Nothing by Chance

In life, sometimes things happen that we like and sometimes things happen that we don't like. Is...

Self Control

Sometimes a person's silence can be more powerful than a thousand words. We see in this week's...

Being Prepared

Should we simply live for the moment? If everything's okay right now, why plan for the...

Showing Appreciation

This week's Torah portion talks about thanksgiving, and it has nothing to do with turkey, or...

Judging Favorably

We all have a courtroom in our head, and each of us is the judge and jury. Whenever we see our...

Being Careless

When something is genuinely important to us, we take it seriously and are careful to do whatever...

Behaving Modestly

If we've got it, we want to show it off. But is this really the best way? In our Torah portion,...

Following Through

A person can have the greatest ideas and make the best plans, but they really don't count for...

Being Honest

We wish that everyone would treat us the way they should. But it doesn't always turn out that...

Paying Attention to Details

Sometimes when a big new project excites us, it's easy to ignore the details. But in truth, it...

Long Term Satisfaction

In our Torah portion we learn how Esau was willing to sell his birthright, an everlasting gift,...

The Joy of Giving

There are times that people could use our help. At these times we have a choice to make. Do we...

Jumping to Conclusions

In this week's Torah portion, we learn the damage caused by jumping to hasty conclusions. The...

The Kindest Thing

We want to be kind. But it's not always so easy to figure out how. It can even happen that by...

Dressing Your Best

Why do people wear clothing? There's more to it than just covering up and keeping warm. In this...

To Tell the Truth

It's hard to go against the crowd. But what can we do when we know that it's the right thing to...

Sharing Our Gifts

Gleaming gold and silver, precious jewels, and fine, embroidered tapestries. These were just a...

Ark of Good Will

Sometimes life can be tough, especially when other people don't treat us the way we would like....

Give and Take

The way we treat other people's property, and our own, says a lot about who we are. It can show...

Give or Take

Do we give or do we take? It's a choice we all face. And it's sometimes hard to know what to do....

Life Changing Events

Sometimes a life-shaking event serves to wake people up, and bring them to their senses. In this...

Keep Your Word

A person's word is more valuable than gold. But it's tempting at times to go back on what we've...

Being Optimistic

Every situation contains within it a possibility of success - and a possibility of failure. When...

It's All for the Best

OVERVIEW Sometimes the good things that come our way are very clear and easy to see. However,...

Real Life

Real life has a lot to offer -- from the beauty of nature (even in our own back yard) to the...

Overcoming Weaknesses

Nobody's perfect. We all have something about ourselves that we don't feel good about. The...

Respect the Elderly

It's great being young. A young person is full of energy and bursting with ideas. Yet God wants...

Developing Bad Habits

When the evil king, Pharaoh, wanted to make the Jewish people into his slaves, he didn't just do...

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