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/


Realistic Expectations

By having realistic expectations we will live a happier life. This week's Torah portion tells us...

Money Matters

Money is a gift from God. Like any gift, we shouldn't waste it, but rather appreciate it and...

The Power of Cooperation

Goals that would be overwhelming or impossible to reach alone can become easier to reach when we...

Sharing the Blame

Title: Sharing the Blame It's good to stay out of trouble, but it's not enough. When we can, we...

Asking Advice

This week's Torah portion teaches us about an amazing artifact in the Holy Tabernacle that gave...

Respecting Food

Our food is not just something to eat - it is something to respect. In this week's Torah...

Helping Hands

What should we do when we see someone who needs our help, but we don't really feel like helping?...

Embarrassing Others

In this week's Torah portion, we learn the famous Ten Commandments that God gave us on Mt. Sinai...

Acting Cruel

There's nothing good about being mean. In this week's portion we learn how the Amalekite nation...

Finding Courage

It took a lot of courage for the Jewish slaves in Egypt to do things that publicly showed that...

Being Stubborn

Stubbornly refusing to listen to or learn from others can cause a person a lot of unnecessary...

Tattletales

Tattling or telling on others in order to get them in trouble is wrong. In this week's portion a...

Keeping Promises

One sign of a good, honest person is that he keeps his promises. In this week's Torah portion,...

Foresight

Foresight is the ability to look ahead and make wise decisions that will affect your future. In...

Teaching By Example

Chanukah is known as the festival of light. On Chanukah a great miracle occurred. The menorah...

Caring About Appearances

While it's fine to care about how we look, we shouldn't get carried away. In this week's Torah...

Overly Curious

Curiosity can be a very positive trait. However, being nosy, which is like being too curious...

Family Ties

Friends are great, but we should always remember that family is one of the most important parts...

Being Patient

Some things just take time. In this week's Torah portion we learn how Rebecca wanted children,...

Being Yourself

Each of us is unique, and each of us has a unique way we can be great. In this week's Torah...

Respecting Everyone

When we meet people who are different than us, we may feel that they are not as good as us. But...

Standing Up For the Truth

This week's Torah portion teaches us about our forefather, Abraham. When Abraham was a child,...

Don't Take Too Much

Sometimes trying to take too much leaves us with nothing at all. In this week's portion - the...

Not Giving Up

When things go wrong it's tempting to throw up our hands and just give up - but almost always...

Family Parsha Ha'azinu 5768

Yom Kippur is a day in which God gives us another chance. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,...

Sweet People

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. One of the beautiful customs on this day is to eat a piece...

What Makes Us Special

Sukkot is a fun holiday when we all 'camp out' for a week, leaving our homes and moving into...

Open Your Hand

Charity - giving generously to help those in need - is one of the most important Torah values....

Be Kind To Animals

The Torah way is to be kind and compassionate to all living creatures. In this week's Torah...

False Witness

A person should be sure he sees someone doing wrong before he points his finger. In this week's...

Passing Along Kindness

By lending our things to others in need, we pass along the kindness God has done for us. In this...

True Confidence

True confidence is the courage that comes with knowing we are doing what is ethically right. In...

The Fifth Commandment

A story for children about the mitzvah to honor parents.

Love Everybody

It's not enough not to hurt people - we should try our best to like them, too. This week...

A Truthful No

Our word - and the promises we make - are not something to take lightly. In this week's portion...

Care To Be Right

Being responsible and caring means not only caring about what will be best for ourselves, but...

The True Measure

It's nice to be smart and talented. But there is something which is far more important to be -...

Nobody's Perfect

Everyone - yes everyone - makes mistakes. In this week's Torah portion, Moses - the greatest,...

Follow Your Own Mind

Without even knowing it, we can be swept along by other people's opinions, and do, say, and...

Encouragement and Discouragement

We each have the power to give people the confidence to succeed - or take it away from them. In...

Stop Complaining

Whether you call it whining, kvetching, fault-finding or complaining - when a person constantly...

Chores and Responsibilities

For some, the very words 'chores' and 'responsibilities' send shivers down their spines. Yet...

Simply Helping Others

Shavuot is the holiday we celebrate God's giving us the Torah. Interestingly, Mt. Sinai, the...

Taking Care of our Private Property

The Earth, its beauty and bounty, is one of God's most precious gifts to us. In this week's...

Treat Others Right

We each have the power to choose whether to be 'hurters' or 'healers'. The choice comes down to...

How We Treat Others

In this week's Torah portion we find what our sages call the most important message of the...

Ugly Speech

It may not seem like it, but gossiping and speaking badly about others is one of the ugliest...

Gaining Self Respect

Even though it might seem like fun, it's not right to do things purposely that are disgusting or...

Choose Your Values

Passover is the great festival of freedom when we remember and celebrate our people's...

True Freedom

Passover is the great festival of freedom when we remember and celebrate our people's miraculous...

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