About the Author

Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Rabbi Yonason Goldson teaches at Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis, where he also writes and lectures. He is author of Dawn to Destiny: Exploring Jewish History and its Hidden Wisdom, an overview of Jewish philosophy and history from Creation through the compilation of the Talmud, available from Judaica Press.Visit him at torahideals.com.

Son, Skydiving is Dangerous

Teaching our children the rewards of patience.

Uncluttering the Mind Ethics of the Fathers, 3:10

A cloudy mind clears for those things that truly matter.

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:9 Direct Line to the Heavens

There are many avenues to connect with our Creator. Not all ways are equal.

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:8 In Praise of Servitude

Who is greater: the servant of the king or the king of servants?

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:7 Safety in Numbers

More than misery loves company, sanctity thrives among the many.

The Pursuit of Happiness? Ethics of the Fathers, 3:6

Is our passionate quest for leisure time what Thomas Jefferson had in mind?

The Greatest Protection: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:5

Should we be afraid of things that go bump in the night?

Not by Bread Alone: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:4

What does your dining experience look like?

The Location of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:3

It is the quality of speech that separates us from all other forms of creation. Why?

The Committed Life

My first Sabbath taught me an important lesson about training the palate to enjoy the sweet flavor of success.

Three Reflections: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1

How to make sure you stay on the right path.

Winning the Race: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21

In spiritual pursuits, the very act of trying counts as success.

Collecting Diamonds: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:20

The time is short and diamonds are everywhere!

The Security of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:19

To understand why we believe what we believe, know how to answer a heretic.

The Man on the Street

My one minute encounter in Hungary reflected all the despair and all the hopeful triumph of the Jewish people in exile.

Mirroring Parents

What lessons are your kids picking up by watching your day-to-day behavior?

The Relevance of Prayer: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:18

Prayer is more than a response to crisis; it is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation.

Grand Larceny: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:17

As much as we owe the Almighty gratitude for our intrinsic natural abilities and talents, we owe Him even more for those blessings that are extrinsic.

The Evil Eye: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:16

When everything we have just isn't enough.

The Candles and the Tree

A child who sees no difference between the flames of the menorah and the twinkling lights of the tree.

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:15: Three Foundations of Spiritual Harmony

To achieve spiritual harmony, a Jew has to achieve perfection in his relationship with the Almighty, with society, and with himself.

Spiritual Vertigo: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14

Protecting oneself from spiritual myopia.

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:13: Lighting the Way through Darkness

What is the good path? An in-depth, mystical analysis

The Qualities of Greatness: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:10-11

What are the critical qualities needed to attain greatness?

As Vital as Oxygen: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:9

What was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai thinking?

The Real Thing: Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

LIFE: For best results, use as directed.

Elbowing God Out

The ruling barring "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance shares a similar hubris that contributed to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Supersize Me! Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

Simple logic dictates that we cannot have it all and should not want it all. But since when did that stop us from trying? (Part 1)

Empires Come and Go: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:7

In the midst of dark times, Hillel reminds us that Divine Providence guides every detail of history and justice will ultimately prevail.

The TV Fix

Turn off the tube, turn on your mind.

Universal Truths: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:6

In a universe that contains certain immutable truths, it's our responsibility to do our utmost to figure them out.

Divine Intimacy: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:4

The ideal marriage as a paradigm for our relationship with God.

Jews and Power: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:3

Jewish history is one cautionary tale after another: Be cautious of ruling powers.

Torah Study and Work: Ethics of the Fathers 2:2

Striking a balance between the world of the spirit and the world of the body.

The Garden of Forking Paths: Ethics of the Fathers 2:1

Practical wisdom on choosing wisely as we walk along the complex path of life.

No Respect!

Scandals, no-fault divorce, "reality TV". What is happening to our value of respect?

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