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The Meaning Of Life

The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits. -Vilna Gaon If you have been paying attention at all to what I’ve been writing about for the last decade or so, you’ll know that this is, hands down, my favorite part of Judaism. So many tools and resources to improve myself. It’s… Continue reading The Meaning Of Life

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Why Failure Is Good

I have loved this verse (or, more specifically, this section of verse) from Mishlei (Proverbs), because of its validation about how failing is not only okay, it’s almost expected. To be a righteous person, a Tzaddik, is kind of what we should be striving to be, and here this verse is telling us that we… Continue reading Why Failure Is Good

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Take A Look At Yourself

“When you see ill in your friend, it is your own ill that you are observing.”  -Baal Shem Tov Have you ever experienced the thing where someone really, really, really gets on your nerves, so much so that when they walk into a room your muscles tense up? And then you realize that the reason… Continue reading Take A Look At Yourself

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You Are What You Think

ETA: The following thoughts and ideas are not applicable if a person if suffering from severe depression or anxiety. Sometimes, simply thinking good or focusing one’s thoughts on the good is not enough. In those cases, where there is a chemical imbalance or other factors that affect emotional health and stability, therapy and medication are… Continue reading You Are What You Think

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Acts Of Kindness During Coronavirus Times

Every day is a new chance. Don’t get bogged down by the (probably long) list of things you wish you’d done, the times you wished you could’ve helped, or any other normal and understandable disappointments. These are strange times, and the kindnesses you may have been doing on the regular may not be an option… Continue reading Acts Of Kindness During Coronavirus Times

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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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior

If you do a topic search on my blog (try: Torah) you’ll see a lot of the same themes over and over again. Some of my favorite mitzvos are the ones that govern our interactions with others, both in action and in thought. The following are a sampling of times I’ve explicitly written about these… Continue reading Stop Confusing Poor Choices With Righteous Behavior