Do you know what's important to you? What are your top priorities? Even if you can give yourself a clear answer, it's not uncommon to give priority to less important aspects of life and more time, energy and emphasis on what I might honestly say...is less important. Why?
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Have you ever asked yourself the question: What does G-d want from me? Yes G-d gave us the Torah with 613 commandments, but in the big picture, what does He want from us as people and me as an individual? In Deutoronomy chapter 10 verse 12 the Torah asks :" And now Israel, what does G-d want from you..." and continues with a short list. Listen to Soul Talk with Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel to gain deeper understanding on this essential question: What Does G-d Want From Us?
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Every holiday has its unique nature. They iconic symbol of Chanukah is the menorah with it's glowing lights. In addition to the traditional explanations for our celebration of this holiday, what is the significance of Chanukah? There are life-changing concepts integral to this holiday that can transform our lives. Join Soul Talk with Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel to tap into the deeper elements of Chanukah that will enlighten your week and your life.
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Relationships are such a core part of our life. They are the source of the greatest meaning, and often the greatest challenge. Strugge within familial relationships is a challenge that has been going on for thousands of years. The Torah relates the struggles of key figures in our history and much of the strife that our forefathers had to contend with was familial. Relationships between husband and wife, parent and child and inter-sibling dynamics are full of potential conflict. Yet, how can we learn from their struggles to restore harmony within our selves and the relationships that are most important?
Do you live with a sense of mission and purpose? Does your sense of mission and purpose include G-d?
Why does G-d test us? When we learn about our great leaders, we see that their lives would not be described as easy. In fact, they were often full of tremendous challenge. We are told about our forefather Avraham that he was given 10 Tests. What is the purpose of the tests and challenges that we go through in life? In what way to tests bring out our inner greatness?
Is being righteous a goal? Is being righteous enough? Noach and Avraham are two key figures in the bible. Noach merited to be saved from the destruction of the world. It was Avraham however who became the father off the Jewish nation and the key figure in spreading G-d's message to the world. Avraham accomplished this through love and transcendence. We have much to learn from these key biblical figures in how to Tap The Power Of Love & Transcenedence In Tough Times.
Adam and Eve are a prototype for all of mankind. We have much to learn about human nature and the role and purpose of man in this world through learning and understanding the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Core issues such as free will, temptaion and accepting resonsability begin with the first man and woman of history. Understanding who man truly is by learning how to differentiate between ego and soul is the key to unlocking man's greatest potential.
To some extent, we have all written a script according to which we expect our life to accord. And everyone gets curve balls (sometimes many) that throw us off course. These challenges can range from illness, death, divorce, change in finances, loss of a job or any event that is a significant change from the life script that we consciously or unconsciously wrote for ourselves.
Sukkot is the holiday when we are told to celebrate with Joy! Times are tough right now. How can we feel happy, joy or gladness if we are going through a tough time? What tools can the holiday of Sukkot offer us to lift us up so that we can experience true rejoicing during this holiday season and throughout our year?
To what degree are you really in touch with what you really want? What are your true core desires for your self and who you can be? As we lead up to the new year-- Rosh HaShanna, these are very important questions to examine.
Anything important life is worth preparing for. This is especially true when it comes to Rosh HaShannah. A new year brings with it new opportunities. But how can I prepare myself to make the most of the holiday and prepare myself to be the best version of myself for the coming year?
As we lead up to the High Holidays, there is a strong emphasis on developing and strengthening our relationship with G-d. The aspect of our relationship that we are working on is Loving G-d. How can we Love G-d in a personal, real way? How can we feel a loving connection to G-d if we have feelings of pain or even anger directed towards Him? What does a loving man/G-d relationship look like?
There are so many opportunities for professional education. But how do I educate the inner me? How can I cultivate and build my internal world to create the best version of myself? Who I become is a conglomerate of the choices that I make. Choosing who I want to be, what character traits I want to refine is the beginning of the journey towards not only having a good life, but choosing a great life!
Tisha B'Av is a difficult day. It's a day of fasting and sadness when we are supposed to feel the loss of the Beit Hamikdash. Yet, it's a day that is hard to relate to as I never experienced life with the Beit Hamikdash that I am mourning and therefore have a hard time fully relating to the loss. Tisha B'Av is a day to mourn many tragedies throughout Jewish history and as real as those tragedies are, how can I personally relate to them and make this day of sadness meaningful?
One of the reasons given for the destruction of the second temple is sinat chinam-- baseless hatred. Is it really common for people to hate with no justified cause? It would seem to be more common for people to dislike, despise or hate another for what sounds like a legitimate reason. What is the true definition of 'sinat chinam' and how can we eradicate it from within?
How can we find G-d in the darkness? How can we sense G-d's presence through difficult times? Why would G-d who is all goodness hide Himself from me and make it so seemingly difficult to find Him?
An essential component to any healthy relationship is trust. What is at the core of this trait and how can we develop it within ourselves and our relationships? How can one learn to trust again when they have been hurt in the past? How can a breach of trust be effectively restored in an ongoing relationship that is in sore need of transformation? The answer to these questions is the key to building and maintaining healthy relationships.
So many of us are weighed down in life due to carrying excess emotional baggage. We may have been carrying the weight of negative emotions for so long that we may not even be able to identify the source of our load so we can more easily let it go. We may know exactly why we are carrying around emotional baggage and see how it's damaging us and our relationships, but still can't let it go. Why is this? How can we break free from emotional baggage that is holding us back from being the best version of self and fly forward towards the healthy, happy me!
As human beings we are unique creations. What is it about man that makes him the crowning glory of creation?
How does one live life forward in the face of challenge, tragedy or illness? What are the tools and perspectives of women who stay strong in spite of the pain of their circumstances?
To what extent are the events in our life a result of choices that we have made or determined by G-d as a part of His divine plan? This is a huge question that is important to think about not only on a philosophical level, but in the way it practically affects our lives and our well-being. Understanding the answer to this question is the secret to inner peace.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you want to make drastic change in your life, you need to admit that you are powerless. Only a power greater than yourself can help you. That power is G-d!
Shavuot is the holiday when we celebrate the giving of the Torah. The Torah includes many rules and restrictions according to which we are expected to live our lives. Why do we celebrate a life of commands and responsibility?
One of the most important components of inner well being and healthy relationships is having proper boundaries. When a relationship of any kind is thriving, it likely has healthy boundaries. When a relationship is struggling, it's boundaries likely need to be re-assessed. How can one go about setting strong, balanced and healthy boundaries? This is an essential question that needs to be evaluated throughout the life of any relationship.
Having a relationship with G-d is so important. Yet, since we don't hear G-d, or see G-d, how can we cultivate a real sense of connection to our creator? As it turns out, we can hear and see G-d and even feel G-d, but doing so requires our developing our senses to G-ds frequency. How? Listen to Soul Talk with Rabbi David Aaron and Leora Mandel to learn how to Make G-d Real in Such Unreal Times.
Life, especially now, is full of uncertainties. So much feels like it's out of our control. To what degree can we be happy in the face of circumstances that include fear, pain and so many unknowns? The choices that we make, especially now, are crucial to determining our joy. How to make choices that turn challenge into opportunity can be learned and is truly empowering.