The Big C: Cancer and Coincidence

Experiencing the most bizarre one-in-a-billion coincidence, I was petrified.

My Son the Doctor-Murderer

Unconditional love and the holiday of Sukkot.

Determined to be Joyful

The quality you need to succeed.


Meaning or randomness: confronting mutually exclusive worldviews on Yom Kippur.

Failure to Appear

My petrifying experience in jail changed my life.


After taking another man's life, a petty criminal changes the direction of his life.

Yom Kippur: Everyone Falls

It's getting up afterwards that matters.

Harness the Wind

William Kamkwamba's amazing Rosh Hashana lesson.

Great Expectations

During the first days of the Jewish year everything matters.

Rosh Hashana: Two Tracks to God

Thanking God and struggling with Him at the same time.

Rosh Hashanah: The Tipping Point

Make this Jewish new year extraordinary.

Getting High

The guru's special mantra would give him a constant high. But there was an unexpected catch.

Rosh Hashanah: What's Love Got to Do With It?

A surprising way to prepare for the High Holidays.

Elul: Getting Back on Track

It's time to prepare for your day in court.

Encounter in the Grand Canyon

I was running away from my Jewish identity. A stranger's reproach turned my world around.

Jewish Camp

A great way to connect your kids to Judaism.

I Am a Wall

The magic formula to giving others the support they need.

Waste Not

An extended blackout taught our family an important lesson about conservation.

No Time for Joy

Building joy & patience simultaneously.

The Crushed Cake

For this group of fifth graders, the cake could not have tasted better.

A High Price

You never know how your words can affect another person.

Every Note Counts

Ever feel like nobody notices you? Think again.


Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Living in the Age of Narcissism.

FAQs: The Mission Statement of the Jewish People

It's our national responsibility to repair the world.

Workshops for Toddlers

What a group of two-year-olds taught me about joy.

Dealing with Death

Death ends a life, not a relationship.


21 friends, 252 pounds, 8 weeks... $10,000

No Magic Wand

I wanted faith without duties, a God that provided not only the cure but also the motivation.


I've lost my connection to the past, and no matter how much time passes, there is a crevice in my heart.

Feeling God's Pain

Taking responsibility for the Jewish people.

Our Landlord, the Rabbi

Renting Rabbi Shmuel Orenstein's NYC apartment changed our lives.

Correcting Our Vision

Why did God create so many of us with faulty vision?

Bah, Humbug!

A common mistake people make when it comes to joy.


Some relationships are inherently volatile.

A Woman of Strength

Mrs. Rose Gibber taught me the importance of protecting the dignity of people, even an obnoxious kid like me.

Ethics of the Fathers: Overconfidence

A rush to judgment poses the greatest threat to a civil society.

Becoming One

The Jewish definition of marriage.

The Blessings of Unanswered Prayers

Is there a prayer expiration date? Was breathing a passing grade?

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