Emuna's Thoughts before Rosh Hashanah

Finding that balance between good enough and striving to grow.

Do This When Greeting Your Spouse at the End of the Day

This small change will make an enormous difference.

You're Bad: The Detrimental Effects of that Pernicious Label

Recognizing that we are decent human beings trying our best, we can be forgiving, and optimistic that we really can change.

The Rain in Maine

It's pouring outside and I love it!

My Broken Fridge

I can't believe I'm on vacation and sweating the small stuff!

Learning to Live with Uncertainty

How to attain greater peace of mind in world filled with risk and insecurity.

Unholy Thoughts on Yom Kippur

How do I let my soul soar while my body is desperately trying to ground me?

Holocaust Tiger Mom

A true story of incredible courage and determination.

The Drama-Free Relationship Fantasy

Life is not drama-free and neither are relationships.

Synchronized Diving & Real Life

The dives were truly amazing, beautiful and graceful. But weren't they a waste of time?

Summer Expectations

Comparing is totally destructive to our ability to enjoy the moment.

It's a Cruel/Kind World

We can focus on the good or on the bad. One leads to happiness and light, the other to gloom and depression.

Turn Down the Noise

There’s no escape: restaurants, shopping malls, weddings all blast music way too loud.

Tool Box for Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law Relationship

A crash course on how mothers-in-law can build a good relationship with daughters-in-law.

Why Visit Israel (Hint: Not for the Cuisine)

Israel? Oh, I heard the food is amazing!

The Woman Next Door

A Kiddush Hashem in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Your Real Competition is with Yourself

Our challenge is to do the most with the hand we were dealt. How others play their cards is of no relevance to us.

Love and Criticism

If we see someone we care about engaging in self-destructive behavior, we need to speak up. But how and when makes all the difference in the world.

Two Positive Stories about Orthodox Jews

What happened in Costco and the local kosher market.

Bragging on Facebook

Admit it: we enjoy the honor and praise we get after posting something about our good deeds.

What Kate Wore

We want to dress like the duchess because she exudes femininity, royalty and dignity.

Not In Control

A sudden emergency right before Passover gave me a sobering realization.

Making Pesach

Why I love preparing for Passover.

Every Joyous Occasion is Different

Because each situation is unique and needs to be celebrated as such.

Negative Online Comments

You’re in the swamp – be careful.

Susceptible to Bribe

We may fool ourselves into stating that we’re impartial but the psychological studies, and the Torah, tell a different story.

As I Get Older, Time Is Speeding Up

Jewish holidays remind me that time is whizzing by.

The Amazing Amazon Seller Story

There was a good reason his 28 iPads were all bought overnight.

Delegating Kindness

Some things we should optimally do ourselves.

When was the Last Time You Looked at Your Husband and Beamed?

At a recent class we were all blown away at how the speaker’s wife looked at him.

Do You Have the Attention Span to Read this Entire Article?

Social media is wreaking havoc on our ability to concentrate and think.

Mommy, I’m Bored!

Your child does not need to be entertained every second.

Gratitude Journal with a Twist

I always hesitated counting my blessings – and then something changed.

Slow Drivers

All of the sudden the car in front of me stopped. I fumed.

The Actor who Won’t Kiss Anyone Other Than His Wife

Neal McDonough is the rare actor in Hollywood who won’t appear in compromising scenes.

Building Fences

The most important fences are the ones we need to build ourselves that protect our intangible, spiritual values.

A Nation of Road Rage

How to rein in our impatience and anger and treat others with kindness and respect.

Loving Our Teens Unconditionally

How to open the lines of communication with your teenaged kids.

Drew Brees’ Lesson in Kindness

The award-winning quarterback did something that should inspire all of us.

Everything I Know about Animal Behavior I Learned at the Apple Store

I’m still reeling from my experience at the Apple store.

What a Difference Sincere Gratitude Makes

In business and in every aspect of our lives.

The Xmas Tree and the Menorah

It’s wonderful that the U.S. is so welcoming but we can never forget the risk of forgetting who we are and what we stand for.

Home for the Holidays: Dread or Excitement?

It’s never perfect, because how could it be?

It Only Takes a Moment

We can touch another person’s life in just a moment.

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