“The world doesn’t revolve around you.” “Believe it or not, you’re not the center of the universe.” We’ve all heard these lines. We’ve (hopefully) all spent the time between babyhood and the present learning to accept them. But in the process, we’ve lost something. Because in a certain sense, they’re false. The world really does... Read more »

Do you have “fluffy-idea antennae?”  When you hear something beautiful and inspiring, is there a sensor in your mind that occasionally sends you the message, “Sounds nice, but beware lack of depth?” Some of us might have gotten that sense after reading last week’s email. We may have been thinking, “It’s really nice to talk... Read more »

Recently, we spoke about ayin tovah – positive perception of others. Ayin tovah is a beautiful thing. It’s something we all value. Something we all wish we were better at. Because, yes, many of us could do with a fair measure of ayin tovah improvement. Why? Why do so many find it so challenging to... Read more »

      Tzedakah is a mitzvah all the time, right? So why do we only give when we’re asked? Many of us give tzedakah generously and often. Whenever the gabbai stretches out the pushka in shul – whenever a collector knocks on our door – whenever we get one of those heart-wrenching email appeals – we... Read more »

You’ve seen them on Zoom a million times. But for some reason, when you first meet them in person, you feel like you’re meeting them all over again. You’ve seen hundreds of pictures of the Grand Canyon. But when you actually stand at its rim, you think, those pictures have absolutely nothing in common with the... Read more »

MAKE THIS ELUL DIFFERENT Elul’s here! Isn’t that exciting?! Did you raise your eyebrows when you read that line? Not surprising. For many of us, the feeling that makes our stomachs churn when we think about Elul isn’t excitement. It’s more like dread. Fear and the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays) go hand in hand. This... Read more »

Elul isn’t meant to be a time of frustration and discouragement. It’s supposed to be an uplifting time. An empowering time. A time when we cleanse ourselves, renew our commitment to our Creator, and transform into better Jews. Many of us dream of an Elul experience like the one described above. We understand how badly... Read more »