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/


Family Help

Family members should stand up for and help each other out. In this week's Torah portion (Gen....

Big and Small Stealing

To steal a little is to steal a lot. One of the main causes of society's collapse in Noah's time...

Don't Go It Alone

Adam, the first human being, was all alone in the world, but then God revealed to him that it...

Be Our Guest

It's important to make guests feel at home. The Sukkot holiday is a time of guests. Families and...

Please Forgive Me

When people mess up and then apologize, how should we react? In this week's Torah portion...

Behind Their Backs

Backstabbing - talking bad about people behind their backs - is wrong. In this week's portion...

Rumors

A false rumor is no form of humor. In this week's Torah portion (22:13) we learn how wrong it is...

Just Your Fair Share

It's only fair to take just our fair share - and no more. In this week's portion (Deut. 19:14)...

Special Manners

When we're somewhere special, we should act special. In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 12:1)...

Unpuffed

Getting all arrogant and full of ourselves is never a good idea, especially when we didn't do...

Too Much, Too Little

Don't overdo it! In this week's Torah portion (4:2) Moses gives the people a valuable piece of...

Happy From Sad

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Just What We Need

We all get just what we need, whether we realize it or not. In this week's Torah portion (Num....

Unfriendly Means Scared

When people act unfriendly or nasty, it could be because really they're afraid. In our Torah...

Avoiding a Fight

In this week's Torah portion, we see what great lengths Jacob went to in order to avoid fighting...

Sticky Situation

A High Holiday ethical dilemma to read and discuss with your kids.

Stepping In

We should try to help people be friends - not enemies. In this week's Torah portion we learn...

Wheel of Fortune: A Purim Story

Sometimes things that seem bad are really God's hidden ways of giving us something good.

Family Trees: A TuB'shvat Story for Kids

We can learn alot of things from trees. One thing is patience.

Step Right Up

A Rosh Hashana Story

Take Care Not To Scare

Scaring people hurts them. The men that Moses sent to scout out the Land of Israel, in this...

Fixing the World: Rosh Hashana Family Parsha

In our story a girl makes a change for the better, and is glad she did.

Dressed for Success: Sukkot Story for Kids

How would you feel if you were invited to the home of one of the richest families in the world?

Taking the Cake

Bread isn't the only thing that can get puffy. People also sometimes puff themselves up by bragging and acting conceited. Matzah teaches us to un-puff ourselves.

A Humbling Experience

Being humble means not bragging. Moses - one of the greatest people who ever lived - was also the...

A Taste of Jealousy

If you've got it, don't flaunt it! In this week's Torah portion (Deut. 5:14) we learn about a...

The Magic Bus: Yom Kippur Family Parsha

Find out how two friends experience the joy of forgiveness.

Dropping the Mask

In our story, two boys drop their masks to reveal their true selves and are happy they did it.

Set A Good Example

What does it mean to be the chosen people? On Shavuot when God gave us the Torah on Mt. Sinai, He...

Sudden Reversal

Is Purim just a fun-filled holiday? Or is it something more?

Chanukah Family Parsha: The Package Deal

Physical beauty and power is best used to express higher values.

Bigger Isnt Always Better

Bigger isn't always better. When God gave us the Torah -- which we celebrate on the upcoming...

Dont Worry Be Happy

'Don't worry, be happy!' is the Torah way of living. In this week's Torah portion (25:19) God...

Clean Speech

Cursing and using foul language is not only abusive, but it lowers the esteem of the person...

Be Kind to Your Body

Our bodies are precious, holy gifts from God and we should treat them with respect. In this...

Seeing the Right

Looking at people in a positive way is one of the greatest keys to a peaceful and happy life. In...

Family Parsha_

We all love beauty. But what makes something or someone beautiful?

Warning: Contagious

We all know not to get too near someone who is ill with something contagious. We should also be...

Right or Wrong

Some things are right to do and others are not, and one of the most important tasks in life is...

All Puffed Up

Why is matzah so flat? The reason is that on Passover we avoid any grain products or baked...

Follow Instructions

Carefully following instructions can help us accomplish things we wouldn't be able to do...

Wrong Turn

What if temptation gets the best of someone and he takes something that's not his? This week's...

Shavuot Family Parsha

A story and discussion questions for parents and kids about Shavuot and the importance of unity.

Work Hard and Succeed

One of the best feelings there is, is to work hard at something and succeed. In this week's Torah...

Hitting a High Note

Prayer is more than just a nice thing to do -- it really works! In this week's Torah portion, we...

Starting Fresh

Getting off to a good start is one of the secrets of success. In this week's Torah portion we...

Fixing Relationships

Fighting and making up is a normal part of any friendship. This week's portion tells us about the...

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