Nurture your nature

In this week's Torah portion (Shelach), spies are sent to explore Israel in preparation for conquest. They were given several ...
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Good things come to those who wait

In this week's Torah portion (Behalotcha), we are told the Jews in the desert would rest and travel at God's command ...
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Forget about it!

This week's Torah portion (Behar-Bechukotei) promises several rewards for going in God's ways and keeping his commandments. The midrash (Torat ...
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Shame on me

This week's Torah portion (Acharei mot- Kedoshim) conveys the procedures of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. The Ohr Hachaim ...
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Make chirping beautiful

This week's Torah portion (Tazriyah-Metzorah), discusses the disease Tzarat, a punishment for slander. Part of the purification process requires two birds, one ...
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Who is Wise?

Between Pesach and Shavuot it is customary to learn Ethics of the Fathers. In chapter 4:1 Ben Zoma says "איזהו ...
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The Four Sons: What’s The Deal With The Rasha?

The pesach seder is often looked at as a model for how we should educate our children. We use experiential models ...
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Maggid- The greatest medicine

This coming Monday night we will sit around the table and retell the story of the Jew's slavery in Egypt ...
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Festival of Failures: A Fifth Question for this Year’s Seder

The art of storytelling demands a captivating structure. One time-tested method introduces a character worth following, only to have him or her ...
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Managing Expectations is the Key to a Beautiful Holiday

According to a 2013 PewResearchCenter study, though only 23% of American Jews attend religious services at least monthly, 70% participate ...
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More breaks equal more efficiency

In this week's Torah portion Rashi, an 11th-century commentator, notes the frequent pauses between commands. He explains these breaks functioned ...
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Disconnect to Reconnect

In this week's torah portion (Vayakhel-Pekudei) Moshe relays Hashem's commandment to work six days and rest on the seventh ...
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Elevate those around you!

Count Elevate the Jews In this week’s Torah portion (Ki Tisa) Moshe is commanded “Ki tisa et rosh bnei yisrael… ...
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Secrets to conquering bad habits

Torah lights up the world In this week's Torah portion (Tetzaveh), God instructs Moshe to command the Jews to bring ...
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Forget About Being Happy: Let’s Define Real Happiness

Happiness. It seems this is the modern buzzword for the ultimate goal in life. Ask parents, "What do you want ...
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What goes around comes around

Take me a gift In this week's Torah portion (Terumah) God commands, "...And they should take to me a gift, ...
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Set them for success!

In this week's Torah portion (Mishpatim), Moshe is commanded: "And these are the laws you should place before them". The ...
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Little Sinai, Big Lesson

Why was the Torah given on Mount Sinai? In this week's Torah portion (Yitro), the Jews receive the 10 commandments ...
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Less traveled road

Take the road less traveled!

Why didn't the Jews take the straight path from Egypt to Israel? In this week's Torah portion (Beshalach) God takes ...
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I will not let them go!

What does it mean that Pharoh's heart was hardened? In this week’s Torah portion (Bo) the Egyptians experience the continued ...
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

What prevented the Jews from listening to Moshe? In this week's Torah portion (Va'eira) we are told, "The Jews did ...
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