About the Author

Mrs. Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries on highly subsidized programs to inspire them with the beauty and wisdom of their heritage (www.jwrp.org). She is a much sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Central America, South America, South Africa and Israel, including featured talks at Yale, Brown and Penn. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Palatnik, and is the busy mother of five children, ages 25 to 15.

Follow Lori on Twitter: @LoriAlmostLive

Too Few Pew Jews

The data should serve as a wakeup call to all Jews.

Prayer 5: Thanks

God doesn’t need our thanks; we do.

Prayer 4: Asking God

Don’t be afraid to ask God for what you need.

Prayer 3: Giving Praise

Does God need His ego stroked?

Prayer 2: Recognizing God

Be aware that life isn’t random; God is running the world.

What is Jewish Prayer?

It’s not Simon Says. It’s talking to God from the heart.

Polishing Diamonds

Bringing out the inner potential within ourselves and our children.

Liana's Story

A terrible accident in Israel transforms a couple's life.

Why Light the First Night of Hanukkah?

God is waiting for us to take that first step before He brings the miracle.

Responding to the Har Nof Massacre

We may not understand the why, but we do need to know what we are going to do about it.

Jews and Jewelry

A lesson in how to use the physical world.

Meeting Rachel Fraenkel

It’s rare to meet a woman of such dignity and faith.

Making Job Referrals

How to give people one of the greatest forms of kindness: finding them a job.

What is the Opposite of Pain?

The answer is not “pleasure.”

Countering 4 Top Reasons Not to Move to Israel

Taking the mitzvah of living in Israel seriously.

Truth, Justice or Peace

Which one are you really seeking?

Sukkot: A Time for Celebration

This year try living in the sukkah and experience God’s loving embrace.

Tapping into the Power of Yom Kippur

God is waiting for us with open arms. What are we waiting for?

Making Your Plan for This Rosh Hashanah

What new mitzvah will you and your family take on this new year?

This Too Is For the Good

We can't see the big picture.

My Daily 10,000 Steps

An easy way to change your life: start walking.

Jewish Birthdays

Enter the rhythm of Jewish life through the Jewish calendar.

Elul: Tax Season for Your Soul

Time to start preparing your end-of-year spiritual report.

Receiving a Blessing

Tapping into their spiritual power.

Someone's Taking Minutes

Would you want to edit the transcript of your day?

Someone Is Always Watching

You are going to be caught in the act. Make sure it’s something to be proud of.

Part of a Team

What I learn from sports.

The Right Time

Things happen when they’re supposed to happen.

Owning a Torah

Every home should have one.

I Didn’t Move for the Shopping

The most important factors to consider when moving, including to Israel.

Israelis Living Abroad

Many are open to taking a fresh look at Judaism.

Your Key to Israel

On buying a place in the holy land.

Car as Death Machine

The art of balancing love and fear, and teaching kids how to drive.


Many of us are strangers in a strange land, physically and spiritually.

Is Your Neighbor Anti-Semitic?

ADL’s new survey tells us not to be so naïve.

Shavuot: No Boundaries

People want to know where to draw the line.

Not the End of the World

Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.

Our Homeland

Don’t be afraid to talk about God, Torah and the Land of Israel.

The 100 Things Challenge

How much stuff do you really need?

Botox Nation

Genuine beauty and the art of aging gracefully.

Helping Singles Get Married

My top four pieces of advice.

The 4 Stages of Organizations

Forming, storming, norming, and performing – applied to marriage.

What Would You Save?

If you can only take one thing from the fire.

Making a Meaningful, Fun Passover Seder

Some of our best tips and practices.

This Year’s Powerful Purim Opportunity

This is the month when anything is possible.

The Verdict

Three things can change a decree.

Where to Be Buried

Yes, it does make a difference.

Cell Phones on a Plane

Why it’s a terrible idea.

Miley Cyrus: Marketing Genius?

When did branding yourself, turning yourself into a product, become an ideal?

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