Shabbat with Bruce Springsteen

An encounter with the music star taught Jimmy Baron a lesson he’d never forget.

Turn the World On with Your Smile

Mary Tyler Moore chose her upbeat attitude despite her personal struggles in life.

Can God Make 2+2=5?

While God may do the impossible – even the paradoxical – He does not do the inconceivable, the irrational, or the just plain wrong.

Giving Everything We’ve Got: An Inspiring Story

A little girl, a storeowner and a bag of coins remind us that it’s the effort that truly counts.

A Gift of Life

Mr. Klein wanted to die. Suddenly he was given an unexpected new lease on life.

Exercising My Spiritual and Physical Muscles

Going to the gym has become something I can’t go without. Surprisingly, so has deepening my spiritual connection.

Why Do We Cry?

If you don’t express sadness, you can’t fully experience joy.

The Power of Gazing at the Stars

In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.

Middot Series #9 - Envy: The Path to Self-Defeat

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Avoiding the damaging spiral of jealousy and frustration.

White Privilege

A South African representative offered my mother, a war refugee, a ticket to freedom. “You’re white. That makes you a first class citizen.”

Inner Calm: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety

A three-stage process of personal transformation based on Judaism and psychotherapy.

My Son with Asperger’s

I have begun to see your life through the prism of Asperger's and my frustration is slowly transforming into understanding.

Hard but Good

With rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, I've stopped expecting life to be easy long ago.

With His Dream on the Line

An Israeli soldier faces a moral dilemma that threatens his dream of getting into an elite combat unit.

So What's Wrong With a Christmas Tree?

Growing up with a Christmas tree made me wish that I wasn't Jewish.

Holy Jewish Chutzpah

When it comes to spirituality, never take no for an answer.

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

My Yellow Sticky Hanukkah

In the midst of the office Christmas party, I shocked myself by asking, “Are we doing anything for Hanukkah?”

Middot Series #8 - Guard Your Eyes

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Judaism’s life hack for avoiding harmful images.

All for the Best?

When my late wife was first diagnosed with cancer I found it difficult to believe that everything God does is for the best.

Putting God into the Equation

The Hanukkah menorah reminds us that small miracles still happen.

Hand of Fate: Amazing True Story

An Israeli soldier's parachuting accident affects a family in an unexpected way.

Saved

A young Jewish man gets ensnared in the welcoming community of Messianic Jews.

Burying Sam: Life after Death

Finding meaning after the death of my baby.

My Torah Mentor, Jiro the Japanese Sushi Master

I just read the Torah in shul for the first time, thanks to an old Japanese sushi master named Jiro Ono.

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.

From Baptist Minister to Orthodox Jew

Moshe Boldor’s harrowing odyssey from hunted renegade in Communist Romania to freedom in the U.S. as an observant Jew.

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

What really separates winners from losers.

How Judaism Defines God

How can finite beings talk about an infinite Creator?

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.

My Broken Ankle

Despite everything I’ve gone through, this is a big deal to me. I’m a wimp and I’m terrified.

The Henny Machlis Guide to Character Improvement

Henny’s loving-kindness, generosity, and exemplary character were the product of a lifetime of striving and working on herself.

God, Stay Where I Can See You

Shattered and made whole. Learning to trust God with everything.

The Race to Catch My Flight

Running as fast as I could as the final call blared, I realized I had lost my handbag.

Judaism and My Addiction to Food

No matter how much I eat, I never feel full. Food can’t fill what’s missing in my life.

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.

Why a White Supremacist Renounced his Faith

How a Shabbat dinner gave a young leader in the White Nationalist movement food for thought.

My Decision to Start Observing Shabbat

I’m no Abraham, but his act of walking in faith toward the unknown inspired me to do the same.

Why Do We Say Shabbat Shalom?

The deeper Kabbalistic significance of Shabbat.

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.

My Husband’s Brain Tumor

God is listening, even when I mumble.

A Walking Miracle

After my two strokes, doctors told my parents that I would never walk, talk or learn in a mainstream classroom. God had other plans.

A Comedian's Return to Judaism

I used to see Judaism as a restriction, but now I view it as a way to take better care of my soul.

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.

Happiness: The Three S’s of Sukkot

Three tools for attaining more happiness.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

Kyle Maynard’s courage to live with no excuses demonstrates the sukkah mindset.

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