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/


Unique Abilities

Each and every one of us has unique talents and abilities. This week's portion teaches us about...

Waiting It Out

Patience means giving the time good things need to happen. In the Torah portion, Moses was about...

Giving Gifts

Purim is a day of joy. God wants us to go out of our way on Purim to have a good time - eat,...

Keeping Balanced

This week's Torah portion teaches us about the precise measurements of the vessels and...

Playing Fair

Sometimes cheating seems like a quick and easy way to get what we want. But in this week's Torah...

Facing the Truth

One of the hardest but greatest things to do is admit when we have been wrong. That is just what...

Keeping Hope

SThe most important thing to remember when things look hopeless is not to give up hope! In this...

Asking Questions

We shouldn't be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions when there's something we don't...

True Humility

Humility is a very good trait. However, true humility doesn't require us to deny our strengths...

Thinking of Others

When things are going well for us, we shouldn't close a blind eye to others who aren't so...

Encouraging Words

Just as healthy food and exercise gives physical strength to one's body, hearing words of...

Standing Firm

When people feel they are being unfairly taken advantage of, they often think their only choice...

Inner Meaning

Today many people are accustomed to giving and getting gifts on Chanukah, which is fine - as...

One Against the Many

Story for Kids: If you're outnumbered, do you stand a chance?

Don't Waste, Appreciate

Everything we have - including all of the world's resources like water and oil - are gifts from...

Never Alone

People tend to act differently when being watched than when they are alone, especially if the...

Overcoming Obstacles

People tend to act differently when being watched than when they are alone, especially if the...

Inner Strength

In the playground football games, one kid was always picked last.

Keeping Quiet

Not all news is fit to print and not everything we hear bears repeating - especially when doing...

Majority Doesn't Always Rule

Values are not like elections and voting - the majority doesn't necessarily rule. Abraham, our...

Be Great, Be Yourself

God doesn't compare us to others or expect us to be like anyone else, so why should we do it to...

Tests In Our Heads

In the Garden of Eden there was a special walking and talking snake with an even more special...

A Second Chance

How often do we wish we had a second chance to choose differently and undo any harmful...

Making Peace

These special days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are traditionally a time of peace-making....

Get Ahead

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, literally means the 'head of the year.' And on this day we...

Tripping Them Up

We all know that it's wrong to stick out our foot and purposely trip someone as he's walking -...

Focus on the Good

A story for children related to the Torah portion.

Watch the Gates

When a guard is protecting an object from being damaged, lost or stolen, it's a sure sign that...

Everyone Deserves Respect

What make a person respectable? Back in biblical times there was hardly anyone with less status...

Rules and Limits

Despite what their kids might think, being a parent isn't easy. One of the hardest parts of the...

We Need Challenges

Hardships and challenges may be a pain, but they are the necessary building blocks of growth....

Don't Be So Afraid

Most all of us have things that make us feel afraid. This week's Torah portion teaches us the...

None of Your Business

Quarreling is bad news. Even quarreling over something that affects us personally is really...

We Like Everyone

>This Shabbat begins the Jewish month of Av, and a nine day period of remembering and...

Face The Challenge

Being tolerant doesn't mean tolerating destructive behavior. This week we learn about Pinchas,...

Real Greatness

Real greatness doesn't have anything to do with someone's fame or talents, but rather is all...

Giving and Getting

We learn in this week's Torah portion not to be overly particular and possessive about our...

Have Fun, Don't Make Fun

It's great to have fun. But having fun doesn't mean making fun of things that should be taken...

View Things Positively

Did you hear the latest rumor? No? Good for you! Because when it comes to rumors, especially...

Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping off a cliff is dangerous for sure. But there is another type of jumping that is even...

True Freedom

Following instructions in order to learn a valuable skill isn't limiting - it's liberating. On...

Sticking Close

We have so many different people in our lives that sometimes we may forget to value and...

Keeping Neat is Nice

There is a very special day in the Jewish calendar known as Lag B'Omer. (This year it's May 26th...

Dressing Up Someone's Day

It is so important not to embarrass other people, and unless we really think about it, it's...

The Effort To Grow

This time of year, the 49 days between the Passover and Shavuot holidays, is called the 'Period...

Be Truthful

We know that lying is wrong and we want to tell the truth. But we might not realize how easy it...

Don't Get Puffy

On Passover, Jews all over the world eat a special flatbread called matzah. The only difference...

Use Your Abilities

Different things are expected from different people. In this week's Torah portion, we learn...

Benefit of the Doubt

Each of us has a judge and jury inside of our heads, and each incident we see is another 'court...

The Right Intentions

The two sons of Aaron, the High Priest, had the best of intentions when they went into the...

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