Middot Series #11 – Preserving the Peace

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Meeting others more than halfway.

An Inconvenient Mitzvah

Being a kind and caring person isn’t only for the times I feel like it.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

The necessary habits for attaining success.

Learning to Receive

Sometimes it takes more courage to receive than to give.

How Many Chances Would You Give?

Your friend borrowed and smashed your car. Would you lend it to him again?

Don't Compare Yourself to Others

Why comparing yourself to other people will put you on the fast track to an unhappy life.

Tapping into the Magic of Passover

How to make miracles in your life.

Matzah: Symbol of Oppression or Liberty?

Primo Levi’s account of his experiences in Auschwitz gave me the answer.

Don’t Be a Slave to Your Ego

The surprising answer to how the entire Jewish People became enslaved by Pharaoh.

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.

Middot Series #10 – Compassion

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: How to become more of a caring person.

Shabbat and Vogue Magazine

It seems like everyone is tapping into the transformative power of Shabbat.

My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

Because every moment is a chance to grow.

The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

It only takes five seconds to change your life.

Message from ISIS’s Jewish Prisoner

Steven Sotloff last message: your second life begins when you realize you only have one.

Turn the World On with Your Smile

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

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.

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.

Inner Calm: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety

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

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.

Middot Series #8 - Guard Your Eyes

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

Putting God into the Equation

The Hanukkah menorah reminds us that small miracles still happen.

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.

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

What really separates winners from losers.

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 Race to Catch My Flight

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

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 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.

Happiness: The Three S’s of Sukkot

Three tools for attaining more happiness.

My Yom Kippur Call

It was one the hardest calls I’ve ever made. And it turned out to be one the best.

Middot Series #7 - Ethical Speech

Harvey S. Hecker Character Development Series: Our words are a powerful force to build – and destroy.

How to Break Bad Habits

Know your triggers and desired outcome, and replace your negative response with a more constructive alternative.

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

Some inspiring Jewish quotes to help guide you in your resolutions for the New Year.

Knowing Your Life Matters

On Rosh Hashanah, identify your unique mission and responsibility to live a life filled with purpose.

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

Design your personalized Spiritual Fitbit.

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

A powerful exercise everyone should do to prepare for the High Holidays.

At War before Rosh Hashanah

No one but you can make you great.

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