Capital-R Reality

We are witnessing events that shake us and cause a seismic shift in perception. Attaining clarity of what it all means is our goal on Yom Kippur.

Whom We Hurt: A Yom Kippur Preparation

Most interactions are with people whose private pain is hidden from us. How can we make sure that we do not add to their distress with a harsh word?

Our Weakness - the Key to Greatness

We all have negative character traits. What counts is how we use them.

The Day After

Don't let this "wake-up" call turn into the "snooze" button.

Mystical Autumn Leaves

Why did God create a world where I need to do all this raking?

The New New Year

Do you arrive at Rosh Hashanah stunned to discover that you're making the same resolutions as the year before? Here's how to break the pattern.

6 Constant - #6 - Don't Be Misled By Your Heart and Eyes

Enjoy the pleasures of the physical world. But don't make materialism an end unto itself.

The Gender of God

By understanding God's manifestations in both male and female imagery, we can begin to unify our connection to the transcendence reality.

Heroes: A True Story

God becomes believable when life becomes unbelievable. *

Reality Knocks

Volunteering one hour to help others gave me a surprising insight about myself and the world.

Confessions of a Worrywart

If I had a magic wand, I'd make my life worry-free. But would that be the best thing for me?

Falling in Love With God, Step 4 - Service: Payback Time

Judaism offers a unique solution to the spiritual dilemma of how to payback God.

The Day My Brother Died

Ten years after her brother was killed in an auto accident, a young woman reflects back on what she learned.

The Power of Pickled Tomatoes

A great sage and leader of American Jewry teaches a lesson about small acts of caring.

6 Constant - #5 - Fear God

Human instinct is to run from fear. Judaism teaches that fear of God is a positive motivator for greatness.

Talking Back to God

We learn from Abraham that it is possible to have an argument with God and win, and that, indeed, God invites us to dialogue with Him.

Positive States

We all have moments of positive inspiration. The trick is to capture them for easy access in the future.

Seeing the Light in Darkness

A rabbi whose wife had breast cancer shares his tools for developing trust in God.

Kabbala #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

The last sefirah is the most important because God uses it to act through His creation.

Shai's Big Hit

There are special moments in life when we touch God's perfection. Here's one of them.

When Walls Speak

A recent convert to Judaism discovers that spirituality is embedded not only in souls, but also in the bricks of a wall.

Falling In Love With God, Step 3: Indebtedness

To experience God deeply, we must face the undeniable truth that we are hugely indebted to our Creator.

Changing The World

By way of feminism, socialism and idealism, a small Jewish spark turns into a passionate flame.

Prayer #11 - Acknowledging Good

In Hebrew, the word for gratitude can mean "thanks", "praise" and "confession."

Shwarma: A Love Story

Sometimes a person needs to meditate and think about things. Most of the time he just needs to eat something greasy.

Getting In Touch With Our Inner Slaves

Everybody is enslaved to something. The only question is -- who is your master?

The Ruchama Project

Enlist in an army of good-deed-doers who are ready to change the world -- and the life of a teenage girl.

Kabbala #22: Yesod: Foundation

The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock.

Hot Air

Passover cleaning can liberate us from our most dangerous enemy -- our fragile egos.

Buddhism, Judaism, and The Great Cheerio Fiasco

Many Jews turn to Buddhism to rise to spiritual heights. Judaism says, "Take the whole world up with you."

Mastering The Gratitude Attitude

It begins with getting rid of the entitlement attitude, which puts "my rights" ahead of everything else.

Of Angels And Poinsettias

Angels can be created by human beings. My father taught me how.

Prayer #10 - Upside-down Hourglass

By having the right intention in prayer, we raise the sparks and bring time closer to its ultimate end.

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

The sefirah of yesod, "foundation," translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God.

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

Forget the holiday hike. A real spiritual path is steep and challenging.

I Can't Wait for the Day When...

What are the most fervent dreams of America's young execs? You are in for a surprise.

Of Earthquakes and Abortion

We are willing to extend Herculean efforts to save a life, even when the possibility is remote. Why should limiting abortion on demand be any different?

Prayer #9 - Holy Sparks of Energy

The holy sparks of spiritual energy, embedded in the physical, animate the universe and fuel redemption.

Falling In Love With God – Part 1

To enjoy the greatest pleasure in life, we need to embrace the half of the glass that's full and the half that's empty.

The Restriction Prescription

Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?

Way #27: Happiness

You can be rich and miserable. Happiness is a state of mind. Develop tools for how to get it.

Way #32: Love Humanity

Imagine having never seen a human being before. What a fantastic gadget!

Holy Fire

When Esh Kodesh was a boy, he wished his kindergarten teacher: "May they not kill you. May you not die young." Last month, he died at age 25, gunned down by an Arab terrorist.

Suddenly Sinai

With Palestinian propaganda aimed at severing the Jewish Biblical connection to the Holy Land, the revelation at Mount Sinai has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

Courage Versus Chutzpah

Boldness and brazenness are two sides of the same coin. What leads to great acts of courage, the other can render great harm. But both can be turned to do good.

Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

Just like a loving parent may seem cruel when harshly disciplining a child in order to instill good values, the "tactical" sefirot of netzach and hod are often not what they seem.

Prayer #8: Hear O Israel: Part 3 - Jewish Unity

Embodied in the first verse of the Sh'ma, and its accompanying praise of God's kingdom, is a profound allusion to the unity of the Jewish people.

Legalizing Assisted Suicide

Last week, the Dutch Parliament officially legalized what has been common practice in the Netherlands for many years: the killing of patients by doctors.

Alice's Cake

Israel is traumatized when a terrorist bomb maims three children, but one woman is catapulted to a new level of gratitude.

Prayer #7 - Hear O Israel Part II

If we look at the Sh'ma, the quintessential Jewish prayer, through the eyes of gematria, we can see encoded the mission of Jews in world history.

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