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The Summer Solstice And Judaism - Bring On the Clouds!

The Summer Solstice And Judaism - Bring On the Clouds!

The longest day of the year is a time when God's presence is most concealed. Even on a hot, cloudless day, however, the Sages’ words of Torah aroused moisture in the air, which in turn created the beautiful semblance of a rainbow.

What are the Noahide Laws?

What are the Noahide Laws?

The Noahide laws are laws given by God to all mankind. They're fairly straightforward, but like anything in matters of faith, there's endless depth available for those who inquire.

A Story From Rebbe Nachman

During the early days of Hasidism, just as now, many "sophisticated" Jews turned away from the tradition of their ancestors in order to pursue a life based on secular values.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov responded with a story...

The Hidden Holiness

In trying to become a holier person, one can go astray despite donning the garments, behaviors, and thoughts of holiness. 

The Lubavitcher Rebbe had a beautiful teaching about this...

Your Birthday Psalm

My pals, last week I learned of a beautiful tradition originated by the Baal Shem Tov - Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, founder of the Hasidic movement. 

On your birthday, you begin to study the psalm corresponding to the year you're living.

One Should Taste Every Permitted Food

Rav Chizkiya said in the name of Rav, "In the World to Come, every person will be called to account for everything his eyes saw, but of which he did not eat. 

Terrorism is Not New

Right now, the good people of the world are scared. We find ourselves targeted by a savage death cult, and wonder when the next attack will occur.

A Prayer for Israel’s Enemies

Master of the Universe, please help our enemies see with their eyes and understand with their heartsbefore it is too late.

A Rider Emerged Looking to Learn about the One God

A rider emerged from the shimmering heat of the desert, and approached a large tent. Our father Abraham rushed out to help the rider dismount from his camel. “Welcome, friend. Come in and take refreshment.”

Made in God's Image

Rabbi Akiva would say: Beloved is humanity, for we were created in the image [of God]

What If You Found A Bag Of Money?

What If You Found A Bag Of Money?

The Tzaddik of Sanz once stood at his window and called to a passerby, "What would you do if you found a purse with a large sum of money, and the name of its owner was in it?" 

An Ancient Trick For Resolutions That Stick

The Jewish holiday season, from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot, is actually a sophisticated technology for personal repair bequeathed to us by G-d via Moses 3,300 years ago, with accompanying instructions for upgrades over the millennia.

What is Holiness?

What is holiness? What does it mean to be holy? I have wrestled with this question ever since I found my way back to Judaism 16 years ago.

Curing Jewish Ignorance

Too many Jews are turning their back on something they don’t even know. I was one of them.

Day 2704 - What is a Soul?

One week to go. After seven and a half years of reading Talmud, only seven days and seven pages remain until the Daf Yomi cycle renews. G-d willing, I will attend the massive celebration called Siyum HaShasat MetLife Stadium in New Jersey next week, along with nearly 100,000 other Jews. I can scarcely believe it.