Back to “Normal”
Oct23

Back to “Normal”

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah, then the solemn upliftedness of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. But the Sunday after was very difficult. Besides all the schlepping, like taking down the sukkah and cleaning up after Yom Tov, life was rapidly returning to “normal.”...

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Room to Breathe
Nov14

Room to Breathe

When it rains, it pours. It often happens this way: first you have one problem, then another comes up, then a third… Before you know it, you feel completely overburdened, as if you can’t even breathe. You imagine all of the world’s issues being lumped together and heaped on your shoulders. But it gets even worse. Our typical reaction to feeling overwhelmed is to hibernate in a state of utter disconnect. We cut ourselves off from...

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Psychological Warfare
Nov07

Psychological Warfare

The human mind is incredibly powerful. Mentally, one can imagine touring exotic places, solve difficult mathematical problems, or vividly recall memories of years long past. In our minds, we are not limited by our physical realities but are free to explore the universe and soar to awesome spiritual dimensions. Yet what if we have become prisoners of our own thoughts? We all desire to live an emotionally healthy and positive lifestyle....

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Two Ways To Go
Oct30

Two Ways To Go

Being a father of twin boys, I naturally keep comparing them to see the minute differences between them. Who is cuter? Who is smarter? Who is funnier? As they get older, it’s interesting to observe their unique relationship. Having so many similarities creates a very, special tight-knit bond, something I don’t see in the relationships between my other children. Our Matriarch Rebecca’s experience with her twin boys was entirely...

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Are We There?
Oct24

Are We There?

Would you be willing to sacrifice your own flesh and blood? Abraham, the Jewish “Pope,” the one who taught ethics and monotheism to the entire world, was summoned to the ultimate challenge. At age 100, he experienced a fantastic miracle: his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, gave birth to a son, Isaac. God promised Abraham that the Jewish people would descend from this special child. When Isaac turned two, the great leaders of the time...

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Reality Check
Oct16

Reality Check

What is reality? Most of us are convinced that what we see with our very own eyes is absolutely real and genuine. But is this really so? We are now a few weeks removed from the spiritual heights of the year – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We have made resolutions; we have promised ourselves that “this year will certainly be different.” And we have even started off the new year by implementing these changes and...

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The True You – Lekh Lekha
Oct10

The True You – Lekh Lekha

Who are you? Have you ever considered what is your true essence? When someone calls your name, what are they referring to? Do they mean your good looks, your designer clothes or maybe a prestigious job or position? Rebbe Nachman teaches, “Man’s principal essence – that which man calls ‘I’ – is the soul. She is the essence that is eternal” (Likutey Moharan I, 22:5). “God said to Abram, ‘Go for yourself from your land, from your...

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The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Shemot
Jan03
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The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Vayechi
Dec27
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The Completely Newly Redesigned Pathways Vayechi
Dec27
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The Secret of the Redemption
Dec25

The Secret of the Redemption

“Jacob called for his sons and said, ’Come together’… ‘Gather together’” (Genesis 49:1-2). Jacob wanted to reveal the time of the Redemption to his children, but the Divine Presence left him (Rashi). It was the end of Jacob’s life and he had brought together all of his holy offspring, the twelve tribes. Jacob had accomplished what no one before him had: he merited having only righteous children. In this great gathering of holy...

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Pathways From Parshat Vayigash
Dec20

Pathways From Parshat Vayigash

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Distractions at the Door
Dec19

Distractions at the Door

Our minds are very powerful. Using our minds, we can relive moments long past, analyze the things that surround us, and dream about the future. At the same time, our tests and challenges are primarily psychological. That’s because our ability to choose between right and wrong is most influenced by what we’re thinking – or often, by what we’re not thinking. When we try to live our lives in a spiritual way, focusing on Torah and...

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Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz
Dec13

Pathways From Parshat Mikeitz

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Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)
Dec06

Seeing the Light (Chanukah and Yosef)

Perhaps the most dramatic story in the Torah concerns the fraternal jealousy and eventual betrayal of Joseph. It starts by Jacob showing favoritism towards Joseph. The brothers get a sense of this and begin to hate him. Then Joseph relates his dreams to his brothers, telling them how they all bowed down to him in the dreams. The brothers interpret this as a threat that he will rule over them and conspire to throw Joseph into a pit...

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Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev
Dec06

Pathways From Parshat Vayeishev

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