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Parshat Re’eh: Preparation is an Elul Essential

It’s so interesting that preparation deepens an experience. But this applies particularly to deep and meaningful experiences. The truth is, an experience that is superficial is not enhanced by preparation; it can sometimes even be ruined by preparation.

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Discipline

Parshat Shoftim: Mind Over Matter

Parshat Shoftim is the first Parsha that we read in the month of Elul; the Parsha initiates a special season within the Jewish calendar year spanning the months of Elul and Tishrei which includes the days of Judgment and

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Giving

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Bernard Hochstein, a man fondly described as “larger than life,” lived by his lofty principles and inspired others to do the same. At the age of 96, he returned his soul to its Maker, and his rich legacy is

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Honesty

Nothing But The Truth: Teshuva and Transparency

On 4 March 1987, then US President Ronald Reagan addressed the American people from the Oval Office about the Iran-Contra Scandal. It involved senior government officials secretly facilitating the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of

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Joy

High Holy Holidays: Chasing Jewish Joy

The National Geographic’s recent article, “High Science,” about the new science of marijuana, features Israeli scientist, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who was the first to identify marijuana’s psychedelic properties. He named the neurotransmitter that binds to the same receptor in

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Kindness

Parshat Ki Tetzei: Rewarded In Kind

In 1964, Arno Penzias and Robert Woodrow Wilson, two young astronomers, stumbled on the origins of the universe completely by accident. Sitting at their desks at Bell Labs, New Jersey, they suddenly picked up a strange buzzing sound from

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love

Love Is A Skeleton Key

Love is a funny thing. Even though most people view it as one of the most important aspects of their lives, they have a tough time defining it. Poets and painters have labored to capture and express its essence

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mindfulness

Return To Mindfulness

The Call Of Teshuvah Is To Do Voluntarily What Life Does To Us Involuntarily.

Everyone wants to say they are crushing it in life, but when Elul comes around, it can be overwhelming to see that it’s more

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nurture

Nurturing Jewish Values

The Torah relates how the evil gentile prophet, Bilam, is hired by the king of Moab to curse the Jewish people, and how that curse is transformed into words of blessing:

“How good are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling

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Purpose

Identifying Your Life’s Mission

After six months of working for the company, it’s time for your evaluation. You walk into the boardroom, where three designer-suit-clad personnel managers are sitting behind a mahogany desk. The one on the left scans your file, looks up

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