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/


Giving It Back

Sometimes it's tempting to take what isn't ours. In this week's Torah portion we learn what a...

Working Hard

Being successful and achieving goals in life requires many things, but one of the most important...

Having Mercy

Mercy means being kind and willing to help others. In this week's Torah portion we learn about...

Bringing Joy

One of the most beautiful parts of Purim - the holiday on which we celebrate God miraculously...

He Is the Sinner

In this parsha we learn about the rebellion against Moses' leadership led by Korach, and God's...

Holy Giving

This week's portion teaches us the amazing idea that we can make everyday things and possessions...

Fair Borrowing

It happens all the time. We borrow something from someone, or someone borrows something from us....

Being Content

One of the Ten Commandments we read in this week's portion is not to covet. That means not being...

Being Patient

This coming Shabbat is a day called Tu B'shvat. It is the day we celebrate one of God's most...

Keeping Your Word

A person's word is more valuable than gold and we should always try to keep our promises. Unlike...

Showing Appreciation

Gratitude is more than just an attitude. In this week's portion, in order to free the Hebrew...

Getting Involved

If we see someone in trouble and there's a chance we can help, we should not turn our heads the...

Siblings

Every kid in a family, whether he or she's the oldest, youngest or somewhere in between, has...

Embarrassing Others

This week's Torah portion teaches us the importance of not embarrassing others even when giving...

Planning Ahead

Foresight is the ability to look past our immediate wants and needs and make decisions that will...

Be Yourself

One message of Chanukah is that a person shouldn't be afraid to be himself. In the times of the...

Playing it Straight

The Torah way is to be straight and honest, and not fool or deceive others. In this week's...

Importance of an Education

Taking our studies seriously builds our character and can also open doors in the future. In this...

Helping Others

Doing another person a favor is one of the holiest, most spiritual acts we can do. In this...

A Healing Visit

When someone we know is sick, it is a great act of kindness - and a mitzvah - to pay him a visit...

Compromising for Peace

When people make the effort to get along peacefully with each other, they live a happier life....

Ability and Responsibility

Ultimately each of us is responsible for our own choices and the fact that someone pressures...

Saving Face

Embarrassment hurts, and how we treat someone when he is in an embarrassing situation makes all...

We Are Equal

Because some people are wealthier and have more than others, it's easy to forget that deep down...

Effort To Make Up

The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are some of the holiest days of the year. One of...

Family Parsha Rosh Hashana 5767

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is a holiday dedicated to personal growth. It's a special...

Forgiving to Others

God is forgiving and wants us to be forgiving to others. In this week's Torah portion we see...

The Power of Joy

A story for the entire family.

Keep It Clean

Keeping ourselves and our environment clean is an important value. In this week's Torah portion,...

Quick to Accuse

Even if the evidence points that way, we shouldn't be quick assume somebody has wronged us. In...

Stand Strong for Right and Wrong

A story about doing the right thing, for the entire family.

Effort for Pleasure

Often, the most worthwhile and pleasurable things in life don't come easily. This week's Torah...

When Times Are Tough

When things get tough, there is always one place we can turn for whatever help and support we...

Coping With Fear

We are now in the middle of a three-week period of mourning that culminates with the 9th of Av,...

Good For the Group

What do we do when what's best for us personally seems to clash with what's best for the group...

True Leadership

The sign of a real leader is someone who isn't afraid to consider the points of view of the...

Privacy is Important

A big part of respecting people is respecting their privacy. In this week's Torah portion, the...

Let's Be Friends

Everyone wants friends, but not everyone knows that one of the best ways to make friends is by...

Jealousy Hurts Ourselves

Jealousy is a destructive habit that doesn't let us enjoy or even see all the good we have. This...

Independent Thinking

Part of growing up is learning how to think for ourselves and not just go along with the crowd....

Choose Happiness

Being happy and content doesn't depend on our situation; it depends on the way we choose to look...

The Value of Unity

For the Shabbat Torah Portion in Israel, please click...

The Privilige of Giving

As the Jewish people journeyed through the desert on their way to the land of Israel, one tribe,...

Sticking to Fairness

Is it wrong to convince someone to do something that will be good for you when you know it won't...

Take Responsibility

This week's Torah portion teaches that a person who hurts another or damages someone's property...

Holy Self Esteem

In this week's Torah portion, God instructs us to realize that we're holy. But what does it mean...

Spreading Pain

Gossiping might seem like a small and harmless way to have fun, but the Torah teaches us it is...

Speak With Respect

It is an important value to treat and speak to others with respect and not with rudeness or...

Being Too Proud

The special Passover flatbread, Matzah, has the same ingredients as regular bread, except it's...

Keeping Promises

We should be careful not to say we're going to do something unless we really mean it - and...

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