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 »

This essay and source sheets are from the book, “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values” published by Urim, and the forthcoming book, “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values: Man to G-d Issues and Rituals.” This essay is not intended as a source of practical halachic (legal) rulings. For matters of halachah, please consult a qualified posek (rabbi).... Read more »

 הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, עֲשֵׂה רְצוֹנוֹ כִּרְצוֹנֶךָ, כְּדֵי שֶׁיַּעֲשֶׂה רְצוֹנְךָ כִּרְצוֹנוֹ. בַּטֵּל רְצוֹנְךָ מִפְּנֵי רְצוֹנוֹ, כְּדֵי שֶׁיְּבַטֵּל רְצוֹן אֲחֵרִים מִפְּנֵי רְצוֹנֶךָ. (אבות ב:ד) We previously learned about the importance of our intentions. The Mishnah in the beginning of the second perek of Avot relates to another aspect of our psyche — our will. He (Rabban Gamliel... Read more »

How do you “inspire” someone to give big? How can we transition effectively from sharing this spectacular vision to actually making our ask? For those of you who’ve been biting their nails in suspense since last Sunday, allow me to take you out of your misery. Here’s how to transition smoothly and effectively from storytelling... Read more »