I’m extremely curious how each individual—regardless of belief—makes sense of the non sensical in this world. How do people process these things? Furthermore, what are we doing here on earth, and lastly, is this it? I was having a conversation with a friend last night and she was saying that her friends believe in the…

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The Torah known as the Old Testament is full of incredible lessons and stories. Whether you believe the content is real or not, the metaphors and deeper understandings are lessons that are valuable and help guide us toward a fulfilled life. There is a story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac.…

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In an era like today with daily tragedies, how do we mourn and move forward? What are the best ways to deal with such trauma? Therapy is certainly a huge component, yet how does it become most effective, and what other components are needed in life to ultimately lead to success? I say success, because…

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“The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, and ideals are different from mine?” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks I have always been willing to see different points of view, and I have always been interested…

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Leadership–especially in these times–is crucial. As a society, we are so polarized and so fractured, and truly in need of a spiritual solution. For my brothers and sisters who are atheists, I really feel badly, as they must truly be feeling lost and a sense of doom, since on the face of it, we are…

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Music is such an important part of my life. It makes me feel spiritually connected, helps me connect with myself and to God, and lifts my spirits. Music enhances my mood, and it’s the way I feel closest to my creator. In the Jewish religion, almost all prayer has some sort of tune, whether it…

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In the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “the highest status is not to care about status, and that influence is more powerful than power!” How many times have we taught by telling others to do as I say, instead of what I do? True power and true education come from influence, which is doing as…

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What is the difference between joy and happiness? In the words of J.D. Salinger, “happiness is a solid, joy is the liquid”. Joy is what leads to happiness, and is a feeling that is truly achieved through experiencing adversity. Fleeting happiness comes from stuff, or shiny objects—whether that be toys, or spiritual experiences. True happiness…

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Forgiveness demands introspection, and in most religions, there is a time dedicated to a deep dive into our past year. We then plan for our current year, cleaning up what we can in our lives, and creating space for blessings to come to fruition. Forgiveness of self and others truly creates that space, as resentment…

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Sitting in judgement, jumping to conclusions, and giving the benefit of the doubt are all areas that in certain places I struggle with, and in certain circumstances I’m able to handle favorably. When it comes to self-judgment, I’m extremely harsh. Yet when it comes to how I want others to judge me, I want them…

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