One of today’s most popular buzz words is Mindfulness. Does Mindfulness have any religious value?
Shelach: A Tale of Two Spies
Superheroes are selfless, using all of their energies to help others. We mere mortals are inheritably self-centered by nature. How can we overcome human nature and evolve into superheroes?
Miketz 5773: God as a Therapist
We tend to think of God as a king who commands. However, if you read the Torah closely you can also hear God speaking to you giving you advice on how you can help yourself.
After we die God and humanity will judge the story of our life. Let’s ensure we like the story we will leave behind now, while we still have the opportunity to write our own ending. Furthermore, how can we stop the story of American Jewry from ending in disaster and reverse the trend of the disappearance of the American Jew?
Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre 5775: You will Leave Tonight Being Shomer Shabbat (Sabbath Observant)
We think of Yom Kippur as our day in court to stand before God in judgment. But when God thinks of Yom Kippur does he think in term of judgment or relationships? Furthermore, do we have to wait for Yom Kippur to improve our relationship with God and our fellow?
There is no question that, at times, life will treat us unjustly. The question is, “How do we respond?” Do we become mired in anger or find ways to allow ourselves to move on?
During the Ten Days of Repentance we are taught that the performance of one good deed can tip the scales of judgment in our favor. Not only can the performance of a good deed tip the scales of judgment in your favor, it can improve the world for the better, as will be explained.
What should you do if you have committed a sin for which you realize you will never be able to fully atone?
Tisha Bav 5769: Changing Directions
We all make mistakes, the key is to recognize our mistakes and take corrective action before more damage is done. Judaism survived the revolt against Rome because there were those that realized that the revolt was doomed to failure and an alternative course was needed.
Rabbi Steven Saks
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