In the Jewish tradition, we are instructed to repeat the story of the exodus from Egypt in detail every year and remember it daily. Additionally, on the annual commemoration of Passover, we are instructed to tell our children the story and its significance. We know that we are instructed to share these stories– why though?…

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“Don’t worry about the state of someone else’s soul and the needs of your body. Worry about the needs of someone else’s body and the state of your own soul.” – Rabbi Levi Yitzchok I look at this statement and it tells me everything I need to know about the intention of my religion and…

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It is well known that the Chinese ideogram for “crisis” also means “opportunity”. Any civilization that can see the blessing within the curse, the fragment of light within the darkness, has within it the capacity to endure. Hebrew goes one better. The word for crisis, mashbe, also means “a child-birth chair”. Written into the semantics…

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I dare say that we all want to know the future, what will be, how it will all turn out, and what our fortune is to be. On the flip side, we all want to know what challenges we may have, etc. Many times, I have met with people who have shared with me wild…

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R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi’s Tanya said that if we change the way we think, we will change the way we feel. Cognitive behavioral therapy calls this reframing. Viktor Frankl, Auschwitz survivor and the founder of Logotherapy describes our ability to reframe as the only true human choice. He states that “they” can take away…

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Sometimes this world is quite overwhelming and it feels as though enacting any change is impossible, so why even try? How can we motivate ourselves to start, when the job or task seems impossible and failure is more likely than success?! The proverb says, “it’s not upon me to finish the job”, yet that doesn’t…

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Byachad is the Hebrew word for together. The first time the Torah mentions togetherness was when Moses gave the ten commandments at Sinai. The quote is, “As one person with one heart”, as it was only when we were a cohesive unit that we merited the Torah, God’s greatest gift. To me, Byachad means we…

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I spent the last 5 days with an incredible group of healers. I’m so fortunate to have met them, and for the many incredible stories I heard and lessons I learned. I learned two personal lessons that will have a lifelong impact on me if I stay accountable to them. The first lesson is that…

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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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