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 »

Shavuos: holiday of flowers, cheesecake, blintzes – and so much more. Like the first Shavuos three thousand years ago, this holiday presents us with an opportunity to reach true personal acceptance of the Torah. How can we bring ourselves toward this point? How can we overcome our feelings of distance