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Avoiding Zipline Disasters

As it turned out, Mordy and Yissachar were the very last people who wanted to go on the zipline that day. Mordy went first and had a great time until…

Three Types of Idolatry: Parshat Haazinu

Moses is warning us, in what was meant to be a song to be remembered throughout our history, to stay far away from all forms of idolatry--regardless of shape or ideology

It’s Not About You

Wishing that everyone will be remembered for life.

Parshat Nitzavim

This week's parsha presents us with an example that balances the need to guard information with the need to reveal it on some level.

Tips In His Pocket

An inspired and inspiring list of "SHOULDS" for Elul--and the whole year

Redeeming Relevance: Rosh Hashanah: What was Avraham Supposed to do for an Encore?

No matter how hard we work on ourselves, we can never be totally prepared for the challenges ahead. And that is actually a good thing. Not only would life be less interesting, but a great deal of its meaning would otherwise be taken away. As Rebbe Nachman said, “If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?”

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Nitzavim: Are Bad Thoughts worse than Bad Actions?

Our repentance can retroactively cleanse the spiritual ledger. It can wipe the slate clean and allows us to start our spiritual accounting anew, refreshed, rejuvenated.

Parashat Ki Tavo

The more we realize our obligation to Hashem, the greater the joy will be when we fulfill that obligation.

Preparing For The New Year

l the parshiyot we read during Elul serve as reminders for how we can fix and improve our lives before the coming new year. The opening verses of each of these parshiyot point toward the direction we should go

Certainty and Randomness, Each in Its Place

Terumah thanks kohanim for their service and supports them (more so than bikkurim, which were a smaller percentage of the crop). It makes sense to allow each Jew to choose recipients, to thank him or them for all they’ve done.

Sharing the Fruit

We glorify God, not in numbers, but in expansiveness. We too, are bringing our First Fruits when we're not busy battling each other over what is ours or who speaks the truth. Our Bikkurim begin with affording room for people to explore and grow.

Why Do We Love Shabbos?

The Kobriner Rav says (mentioned in the Nesivos Shalom-Elul), if you want to become holy, if you want to begin doing teshuva, you must start with Shabbos.

Parshat Ki Seitzei: “You Name It”

The area in life which is most difficult to a person is why he was sent down to Earth. Man was sent here to overcome the tendency which bothers him the most. It takes a lifetime to overcome these issues, and that's why God gave us a lifetime.

Forcing Israeli Athletes To Choose

Sports or Judaism--two top athletes made the right decision

Collecting Chance Encounters

Once I learned to treat every person I meet as more than chance and as an opportunity, I was able to expand my collection of superheroes.

Redeeming Relevance: Ki Tetzeh: Remember Not to Keep People Waiting

Since not saying lashon hara is easier said than done, here is something to help you: Just remember what happened to Miriam!”

Emotional Bribery

The wise Sages declared that every individual is related to himself! In fact, we are our own closet relative, even more than our own parents and children.

Parshas Shoftim: “How True It Is”

the Talmud explains that a judge must not take a bribe even if it is in order to acquit the innocent and accuse the guilty. Accepting a bribe is wrong even if the verdict issued is ultimately correct!

‘Wings Of Spirit’

Rav Kook's gift for the days of Elul.

Before Judging

The primary quality of anyone judging another is that the judge first know how to judge himself. If he cannot honestly examine his own behavior, how can he possibly judge someone else's?

Parshat Shoftim: The Truth Isn’t Always Easy to Find

Our powers of self-justification mean money is as much a danger for us as for a judge. Given two options, we, like Rashi’s judges, will become sure, the claim which benefits us is also the truer claim. Like Rashi’s judges, we need to guard ourselves from slipping away from truth without realizing it.

A Sense Of Place

This week's portion, Re'ei, speaks of our need for a sense of place, how difficult it often is to find, and how we must protect others' sense of place. It also guides us in how to manage the experience of no place

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Re’eh: Spilling Blood and Spilling Water

In view of the seeming sanctity that the Torah imparts to blood, why would it tell us to spill animal blood indiscriminately?

Hearing to See

I wish all of us, parents and teachers, would listen to everything our children ask and say. I dream of our hearing them so well that we can begin to visualize and relate to them as who they can be when they fulfill all their potential.

Image Worship

The myth of Narcissus is not a myth at all-127 people have died worshiping their own image.

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