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How To Be a Man That Women Respect - The Female Admiration Test

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Man Versus Beast There’s really only one thing a man needs to do to gain a woman’s respect. He needs to be a man. The good news is that women want a man. The even better news is that there aren’t many to go around—which means that if you can be one, you‘re at the head of the pack. What is a man? A man is a multi-storied, burning furnace withA man is a multi-storied, burning furnace with a cooling system on the roof. a cooling system on the roof. A two legged, upright, impulsive, passion-driven beast with a brain that keeps him in check. If there’s no beast—well, why would a woman want one of those? If the brain on top is not doing its job—then what is there to respect? Which means that being a man is mostly about not being the animal you feel you are. Men, you get that. Women—I know it’s hard, but you just have to believe us. Perhaps a woman can be a woman just by being her n

How Can Grandma Make Me Jewish If I Don’t Believe In Anything? - How one-quarter can make a whole Jew

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Dear Ask-The-Rabbi, Last week these dudes in fedoras pulled a bar mitzvah on me. I’m twenty years old. I never had a bar mitzvah. Simple reason: I’m not Jewish. My dad’s not Jewish. My mom’s not Jewish. But I let out to these guys that my mom’s mom is Jewish. Next thing I know, they wrap out these black leather straps and boxes on me and tell me I’m getting bar mitzvatized. So I protest. I don’t believe in Judaism, I tell them. I don’t even know anything about it. If I don’t believe, how can I be Jewish? Besides, I really don’t look Jewish. —Ryan Ching Dear Ryan, I can sympathize. I mean, nobody’s going to tell you that your Buddhist grandmother makes you a Buddhist. As far as I know, the same applies to any religion. If you don’t believe in it, how can you be a part of it? Neither does one Irish grandmother make you Irish. But being Jewish is not about religion, Bein

Is It True That Jews Dance With Books? - On the absurdity of Simchat Torah

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Books are for reading. For understanding. For discussing. Dancing? Really? Does anybody do this?

Yom Kippur Without Guilt - On Memory, Remorse and Returning

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

How about someone who abandoned a religious lifestyle because she was abused by the authority figures of that system?

What Brought This Rebel Back for Rosh Hashanah - On the utter awesomeness of the Days of Awe

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

By adolescence I was doing my own thing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and it wasn't anywhere near a synagogue.

Dangerous Advice Your Rabbi Might Give You Before Rosh Hashanah - How to search through your past without falling into it

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

Proceed With Caution There’s a lot of bad advice going around this time of year. Dangerous advice. The Internet is full of it. So is your synagogue. Maybe even your favorite rabbi. Look, they mean well. But they’re often completely unaware of the hazards involved. Which makes their advice an even greater threat to your mental and spiritual health. “Days of Judgment are upon us,” they tell you. “Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur. It's time to take an account of all you’ve done wrong in the past year and resolve never to return to your wayward deeds.” Absolutely true. Absolutely crucial. And equally dangerous. SuchWithout serious precautions, this inventory-taking can be downright toxic. advice works wonders for the spiritually advanced. But for the rest of us, without serious precautions, this inventory-taking can be downright toxic. Here's why: Dwelling on the moral misdemeanors of your past and the bru

Tikkun Olam and the Secret of Tzimtzum - The ultimate explanation to why things are so messed up—and what we are supposed to do about it

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

Before, it was impossible to imagine a world. Now it is impossible to imagine anything but world.

The Kabbalah of the Solar Eclipse - In each of us there shines a bright sun. In each of us there is a time of its eclipse.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

The Solar Eclipse Within If you can observe it, recognize it and understand it, it must be found somewhere within you. Yet more: Anything you observe is teaching you something about something inside of you. Something vital for your Divine mission here on earth. Yet more: The truth of each thing is the lesson it comes to teach you. Because if a thing enters your world, there could be only one reason: So that your soul could better fulfill the mission for which it is sent to this place. If so, if there is anything you want to understand to its depths, you must first find it within yourself and listen to what it is teaching you. And the Torah is your guide to finding it there. So here’sWhere is the solar eclipse within your life? the question of the day as the solar eclipse makes its way across America on August 21, capturing a nation’s attention: Where is the solar eclipse within your life, and within your life’s m

An Interview with a Solar Eclipse Engineer - Whoever knew the job could be this complex—and exasperating?

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST

This August 21 (eve of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar), daylight will suddenly become twilight. Birds will cease their chatter. Temperatures will plummet. Massive streamers of light will streak through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. There will also be some real bad traffic. About 25 million people live within a day’s drive of the “narrow band of totality”—the perfect view of the solar eclipse that will make its path across America. And how could you miss it? Astronomy is pretty much built into Judaism. For much of our history, that’s how you figured out when the months and years began, and which direction to face so that you could pray towards Jerusalem. It’s also considered Astronomy is considered a great way to get to know your Creator and fall in love with Him.a great way to get to know your Creator and fall in love with Him. In the words of the

Fund Raising on Holy Days

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST

Question: I am troubled by the fund raising that goes on this time of year in the Jewish world. I always imagined that these "Days of Awe" between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days for soul searching and spiritual yearning. It all seems soiled by the crass mention of money at every turn. Why bring up dirt when we're trying to get to heaven? Response: Some consider money to be dirt. In the Hebrew language, the word dirt has no negative connotation. Why should it? Dirt is the earth from which life grows. In Hebrew, the words dirt, soil, earth or mud are never used as deprecative adjectives as in English. So too, money. Jewish people never considered money to be evil. Neither is money a contradiction to spiritual growth. Rather, like earth, it is the stuff from which many good deeds can grow. Put it this way: We are G‑d's treasurers. Money is put into our hands as a responsibility. Those who have more s