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The Power Of Positive Thinking

טראַכטן גוט וועט זיין גוט This quote by the chassidic master Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789–1866) is catchy, but I always found I had some pushback to it. Think good and it will be good? Isn’t that a little simplistic? A little unrealistic? Does it not deny the actual negative feelings and experiences a… Continue reading The Power Of Positive Thinking

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Filling Up My Spiritual Gas Tank

Yesterday the “fuel level low” notice popped up on my dashboard. Despite my love of organization and type-A personality, I more often than not let my gas get all the way down to practically empty before I fill it back up. It’s just so easy for me to be busy busy busy and not take… Continue reading Filling Up My Spiritual Gas Tank

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Orthodox Women Talk: Round Two

Hello and welcome to the second installation of Orthodox Women Talk!  You have questions about living an Orthodox Jewish life, we, a panel of Orthodox women answer them.  If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here. Much gratitude to Keshet Starr for coming up with this concept!  Have a question?  Leave it in… Continue reading Orthodox Women Talk: Round Two

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On Not Fearing Those Who Are Different Than You

{Did you know that I’m doing a daily video series for the month of Elul?  Very, very short videos (less than two minutes long).  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel, or see them on my blog’s Facebook page (if Facebook decides to reveal them to you), or on Twitter, or contact me to be added to… Continue reading On Not Fearing Those Who Are Different Than You

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New Video Series for Elul

Well, it’s here!  Duhn duhn DUHN!  Chodesh Tov everyone, and welcome to Elul (well, technically it’s the last day of Av, but it’s still Rosh Chodesh).  This is a month of potential, of great possibility for growth, and a month where for many years, I’ve watched in dismay as the hustle and bustle of daily… Continue reading New Video Series for Elul

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Divine Intervention and a Stuffed Animal

We’re in the thick of the high holidays now.  Rosh Hashanah is behind us (hope you had a good one!), Yom Kippur is awaiting us, and we find ourselves in the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance.  Some of us may even be fasting today, since it’s Tzom Gedalia.  This is the time of… Continue reading Divine Intervention and a Stuffed Animal

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Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People

I’m in the checkout line at a supermarket, and the cashier is looking at me thoughtfully. “Can I ask you a question?  I don’t want to be offensive, but I have a question,” he tentatively addresses me. “Sure,” I respond.  My curiosity is piqued. “Do Hasidic Jews believe in reincarnation?  Someone told me once that… Continue reading Don’t Panic, But You’re Representing Your Entire People