About the Author


Shoshanna Dresner

Shoshanna Dresner is a passionate Educator whose experience has taken her from three years in Pinsk, Belarus, guiding and inspiring the girls there, to UK teaching positions, including the largest Jewish high school JFS. Shoshanna studied at the New Gateshead Seminary, the Moreshet Institute (Israel), and the LSJS gaining a BA in Liberal Arts with a core of Jewish Studies and Psychology, and Qualified Teachers Status. For the last three years she has been working as an Educator for the GIFT Charity in London, combining her love for teaching and kindness by running sessions for 100’s of students on the theme of ‘giving’, encouraging them to integrate this trait into all areas of their lives.

GIFT inspires a culture of giving through dynamic education, impactful volunteering and supporting those in need, for more info visit www.jgift.org


Kindness, From Beginning to End

As we turn to the last chapter in the Torah, it is worth taking a look back to the very...

Torah as Rain

It is nearing the end of Moses' life. On his last day on earth he delivers a powerful, 70-line...

Bring the Children!

This week's Torah portion teaches about the amazing event known as ‘Hakhel’ where the...

Alfred Nobel Chose Life

In 1888, the French press wrote an obituary about Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, describing...

The Poor Man's Basket

In this week's Torah portion we learn of the mitzvah of Bikkurim, the first fruits where rich and...

Let Down

It had been a long day with few customers. With a sigh the shopkeeper headed towards the shutters,...

Turn Kindness into a Habit

Here's a riddle: I am your constant companion. Half the things you do you might as well turn...

Hard Times Shouldn't Harden Our Hearts

The Sabbatical year – a year rich with change. Farmers who worked tirelessly on their fields...

A Message from Monkeys

Watching the monkeys in the zoo depicts a beautiful scene, each one displaying great empathy and...

The Extra Mile

An elderly widow, grief stricken and struggling after losing her husband, discovered that she...

Hatred Fuels Hatred, Love Fuels Love

Moses is speaking to the people before his death, reviewing the events and experiences that they...

First Things First

A philosophy professor came into his class. He took a large transparent empty jar and started to...

Everyone is Different

It is fascinating to think that out of the billions of people on planet earth, every single...

Sharpen Your Saw

A man was walking through a forest when he came across someone cursing as he laboured to chop down...

Put Your Ego Aside for the Sake of Peace

A farmer went to the barn every day to get milk but returned with an empty pail. “How come...

Focus on the Positive

When Simon Wiesenthal was in a concentration camp he witnessed the following scenario. A new...

Without a Grudge

"Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free inside your head." Wise...

A Smile in East Jerusalem

Chana, a 23-year-old spending some time in Israel, was asked by her friend for a picture of a...

Why in a Desert

"Bamidbar – In the desert" – describes God’s chosen setting for giving...

Giving with Sensitivity

A poor person in Israel walks past a field breathing a sigh of relief that grain still remains...

Recipe for Holiness

‘You shall be holy…’ (Vayikra 19:1) Holy? How?! The Chatam Sofer points out...

Uprooting Derogatory Speech

Speaking negatively about someone is an action that caused a such a high level of impurity that...

Bird of Kindness

In this week's Torah portion we are introduced to a white stork, known in Hebrew as a...

Positive and Negative Speech

Two birds, cedar wood, crimson thread and hyssop. This is the unique combination of materials...

Giving Thanks and Admitting

One of the offerings mentioned in this week's Torah portion is the Korban Todah - the Thanksgiving...

Giving Others the Opportunity to Give

Sensitive to people’s economic statuses, the Torah lists different types of sacrifices....

Who Ate My Cookies?

Douglas arrives early for a train, buys a cup of coffee, a newspaper, and a packet of cookies. He...

Sensitivity is Never Superfluous

The people respond to Moses' request to donate the materials for the Tabernacle with great...

Can Be Used for Good or Bad

God tells Moses to count the nation, but not directly, via a half shekel coin. Rashi explains...

Beautiful Clothes, Beautiful Actions

The Torah lists in detail the beautiful garments that the Kohanim, the Priests, had to wear when...

Being Mindful of Others

Moses is given detailed instructions on how to construct the Tabernacle, a ‘dwelling...

Ripple Effect

A waiter gets paid for serving food, not for raising a customer’s spirits. A doctor gets...

Don’t Just Criticize, Help

Yitro saw that his son-in-law Moses was judging the entire Jewish nation by himself, and...

Beautify ALL Your Mitzvot

After the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, the Jewish people sang a song of praise to God....

Compassion During the Plague of Darkness

In this week's Torah portion the Egyptians are struck with the plague of darkness, a darkness so...

Share the Blanket

It was the Holocaust. Jews were stripped of all possessions and left only with a ragged set of...

Empathy and Imagination

Moshe grew up in the Egyptian royal palace surrounded by luxury. He could have easily turned a...

True Kindness

A wonderful 100-year-old woman, with not much family, lay very ill in hospital. Her health had...

Sensitivity, Even When the Going Gets Tough

Yosef had been sold by his brothers as a slave, imprisoned in Egypt, and then in an unexpected...

The Eyes See What the Heart Desires

Two people walk into the same shopping mall, walk past the same shops, restaurants, and items....

Lending an Ear

Sitting in prison in Egypt because of a false accusation, and prior to this being sold to slavery...

Something is Better than Nothing

Yaakov and his family are dramatically reunited with Eisav. The mothers step forward, followed...

Rachel's Ultimate Sacrifice and Hidden Love

The anniversary of the death of the Matriarch Rachel brings to mind the famous story of her...

Givers and Takers

"He who dies with the most toys wins"… or does he? The famous scene where...

Rivka's Lessons in Kindness

Eliezer is on the hunt for a wife for Yitzchak. Someone who would be worthy of becoming a...

Being Like God

Abraham is sitting in the highest state of Divine meditation with God. He spots some dusty...

Bless You!

We often leave blessing people to those of a particular stature. Perhaps a great rabbi, a Cohen...

They Tried

‘Shooting the messenger’ is a well-known phrase used to describe the act of blaming...

Transforming the Mundane

Amongst the flow of names mentioned at the end of this week's Torah portion, one person is...

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