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/


Caring For Others

In this week's Torah portion, Moses goes up to Mount Sinai. There he speaks with God, and learns...

Everyone Slips Up

Everybody makes mistakes. Even though we try to do things right, it is inevitable that sometimes...

Learning From Others

This week's Torah portion teaches us about the Cohanim, the special Jewish priests. They had the...

Donating Generously

In this week's Torah portion, God tells Moses to tell the Jewish people to build the tabernacle....

Affected by the Environment

Whether we realize it or not, our environment - the people and things around us - makes a big...

Making a Return

This week's Torah portion is very important. It's about how to live peacefully with the people...

Living With Ourselves

Each of us lives with a wonderful person - ourselves! Every one of us is unique and valuable...

The Ten Commandments

It was a day that would go down in history. The Jewish people were all gathered at Mt. Sinai....

Happiness Attitude

Life is how you look at it. On the one hand there is always a reason to appreciate what we have....

Trusting In God

Everyone was really excited. God had rescued the Jewish people from their slavery in Egypt, and...

Live in Peace

Everyone dreams of living in a peaceful world. But what many people don't realize is that peace...

Trusting God

The Jews in Egypt could hardly believe it. After years and years of terrible slavery they were...

Doing the Right Thing

Shifra and Puah were the two Jewish midwives in Egypt. It was their job to help women to deliver...

Partners

When Jacob was a very old man and knew he was going to die, he called all his sons to come...

Seeing God's Plan

An exciting scene was taking place in the Royal Palace. Joseph was the powerful viceroy of Egypt...

Blending In

The people of Canaan were running out of food! There was a big famine all over the world. The...

Saving Face

Jacob returns to Hebron, the ancestral home of his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham. He...

Dealing with Bullies

After escaping from the wicked Laban, Jacob and his family face another challenge. To get home,...

Real Heroes

What makes you a hero? A story for the family.

Putting On An Act

Isaac and Rebecca had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Even though they were twins, the boys were as...

Being Honest

Eliezer was Abraham's faithful assistant. For over 60 years he had helped Abraham with...

Getting Things Done

It was a hot, hot day -- the hottest day anyone could remember. But the heat didn't seem to...

Saying Thanks

Life was getting really hard for the Jews in Egypt. Pharaoh, the wicked king, had forced them to...

Doing the Right Thing

Abraham and his wife Sarah lived a long time ago in a town called Haran. They lived with...

Say Something

OVERVIEW Once, a long, long time ago, life was wonderful and life was terrible. It was...

Family Parsha V'Zot HaBracha

It's not always easy to see things come to an end, especially if we are used to the way they are....

In the Beginning

OVERVIEW Once upon a time there was nothing, absolutely nothing, except God, that is. Then God...

Positive Transitions

Life is always changing. Each person we meet, each place we go, and each thing we do, is an...

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