Judging Others - And Yourself

We should always give others – and ourselves – the benefit of the doubt.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Book of Psalms is our response to God's love. An in-depth examination of one of the most famous psalms.

Who Is Honored? (part four)

Focusing on what is special about each person.

Who Is Rich? (part three)

The tool for being happy right now.

The Kindness Paradox - Pirkei Avot 1:5

Genuine kindness occurs when our sole motivation is caring about the welfare of others.

Elusive Holiness

Curtailing materialism can raise you to spiritual heights.

Rallying the Good

The Washington rally: good or bad?

Daily Omer Meditation

A practical guide to becoming great in 49 days.

Active Learning: Pirkei Avot 1:4

To truly understand Torah, philosophical principles need to be translated into action.

Who Is Brave? (part two)

Sometimes you gotta stand up and do what's right.

Mind-Boggling Choices: Pirkei Avot 1:3

God could have created a bunch of puppets. He created humans instead.

Who is Wise? (part 1)

The first of a 4-part series on character development.

Three Pillars - Pirke Avot 1:2

A chair needs three legs to stand. Our spiritual lives also have a 3-part balance.

Kindness A-to-Z

Sometimes we are too preoccupied to see God's kindness. Here's a user-friendly list of what we have to be grateful for.

Saving Ruchama Rivka

On Thursday night, March 7, take part in a special all-night Torah learn-a-thon to help a family in Jerusalem.

Please Forgive Me!

How to reestablish any friendship or relationship when you are clearly in the wrong.

Lovers of Humanity

Take a moment to let someone's pain register on your emotional Richter scale.

Did You See Darya in the Stairwell?

The visit that wasn't: An unexpected lesson from a visit to Ground Zero.

The Eye That Sees

Satellite technology gives us a hint about inner spiritual dimensions.

Unlocking Ancient Wisdom - Pirkei Avot 1:1

The first in a series on ethical lessons from a widely studied section of Talmudic literature.

Secret to Personal Renewal

The world around us renews itself constantly. The most important aspect is learning how to tap into it for yourself.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hot Air

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

Mastering The Gratitude Attitude

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

Life is Beautiful

About two years ago, we had an unplanned growth in our family -- a large cancerous tumor.

Bad Attitude: A True Story For Yom Kippur

"My career was still stuck in neutral. I wasn't working. I wasn't doing anything to get things going either, except blaming my roomate for ruining my life with his success."

Micros and Macros

How do we face the challenges of these most significant days?

Principles of the Soul: #13 - The Communication Lie

Spouses don't feel alienated from each other because they can't communicate; they feel alienated because all they are communicating is negativity.

We Are What We Say

Appreciating the immense impact of those little words we utter.

Soul Matters: #5 Prayer Made Practical

Prayer can be difficult. Here are some practical exercises on how to use it to our advantage.

Happiness: the Fuel for a Meaningful Life

How to find happiness by living in the present and anticipating the future. An excerpt from the new book "Powers of the Soul".

Soul Matters: #4 - Worlds and Levels of Soul

The levels of soul transform prayer into a spiritual elevator that takes us up into the presence of God.

Principle of the Soul: #12 - The Deeper Meaning of Physical Intimacy

It has the potential for intense holiness and intense corruption, depending who's at the helm -- your soul or your ego.

Soul Matters: #3 - Souls and Prayer

Connecting with the five levels of soul during prayer draws down different aspects of spiritual energy and transforms the prayer experience.

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