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Being Religious is Not a Quick Fix

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Here's a confession. Torah observant Jews have questions. They can have crisis of faith, moments of feeling isolated and abandoned by G d.

How to Thrive Despite Adversity - Parshat Chayei-Sarah

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Do we justify our failings by laying the blame on our circumstances? Our matriarch, Rivka, teaches how to thrive despite adversity.

What’s Your Holy Experience?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Dear Readers, Close your eyes and try to imagine a holy experience. What did you picture? Was it a transcendent mystical moment on a sacred day like Yom Kippur? Was it a spiritual, out-of-body experience? Was it at some hallowed place, like the Western Wall in Jerusalem? Or were you on a scenic mountain far away from civilization? I bet you didn’t picture a mundane day at home. Judaism’s holiest site was the Temple. That’s where the Divine presence was visibly felt, where heaven and earth kissed. And yet, surprisingly many of the miracles that took place in the Temple mirrored the miracles that took place centuries before that—in a simple hut that was the humble home of the first Jewish couple. “Throughout Sarah’s life, three miracles took place in her home: a protective cloud hovered over the entrance to her tent, a blessing was present in her dough, and her candles would burn from one Shabbat to the next.”

Ignore G-d, but Don’t Ignore His Children! - Parshat Vayeira

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Just as every parent would forego their personal honor and willingly wait while you tend to his or her child, this, too, is G d’s greatest pleasure.

All It Takes Is One

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EST

Dear Readers, Sometimes, when I look around, I feel surrounded by negativity, by doom and gloom. I see the many social wrongs that are being tolerated. I discern rampant judgmentalism and condescension in our communities. I see a world that is very far from the ideals of where it should be. Rather than feeling like we are progressing forward on our sojourn towards a better reality, our situation can sometimes feel pretty helpless. It can feel like steps backwards. There are undeniably too may collective ills, too many cracks and far too many people not walking the walk or talking the talk of the high ideals that the Torah aspires to. But then I remember. G‑d doesn’t demand perfection. In this week’s Torah portion, there’s an unbelievable exchange between Abraham and G‑d. G‑d has just informed Abraham that He intends to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. True to his character, Abraham pleads for mercy and begins brok

Why a Seed Grows in Darkness - Parshat Lech-Lecha

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Leaving behind the old “I” of everything I know can be really scary. But free from these limiting expectations, we can produce our greatest yield.

It’s Tough to Find G-d During Tough Times

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Do life’s hardships overwhelm you and make you feel disconnected from G‑d?

Dealing With the Flood of Life

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Dear Readers, Do you ever think to yourself: “I’m drowning! I’m swamped with life’s demands!” Whether it’s slaving away at our jobs, sinking into the insurmountable pile of our bills or worrying about the hundreds of big and little things that challenge us, how can we stay afloat? When life comes rushing at us—leaving us with a never-ending “To Do” list, and making us feel confused and overwhelmed—how can we cope? In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the great flood. The Hebrew word for flood, mabul, also means disorder and confusion. In a world full of disorder, our priorities can become skewed and distorted. How did Noah handle the overwhelming floodwaters? First, he builds an ark. The Hebrew word for ark is tevah, which also means “word.” When the world is churning, threatening to drown the spark of vitality within us, we need to enter into the tevah—the world of word. We nee

Embraced by G-d

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Dear Readers, We recently celebrated the joyous occasion of the marriage of our third daughter. For the final sheva brachot, we had the privilege of hosting the young couple, together with other family members. I enjoyed watching how my new son-in-law seamlessly merged into our family’s dynamics to truly becoming a son, and brother, to the rest of us. I loved observing, too, how the young couple interacted with each other, seeing their kindness and tenderness, and witnessing how two independent souls and personalities were fusing to become united as one. During this special time—this beginning of their new life together—the newlyweds are in their own bubble of time and space, living in a dimension all of their own. It’s downright obvious in the glances, smiles and giggles that they exchange, and in the little gestures that they do for each other. Even while conversing and intermingling with others, there is almost an invisible wall encir

The Day Is Almost Over, and You Still Haven’t Repented! - A Yom Kippur Message

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Why read about the Jewish people’s enemy on Yom Kippur; a day that represents the intimate bond between the Jewish soul and G-d?