The True Friend

The True Friend

Fair-weather friends, if they were honest, would talk like this: “It’s easy to be your friend, just so long as it doesn’t cost me anything or take me out of my comfort zone.” That of course, is not a friend, much less a true friend. True...
Old Charlie the Gatekeeper

Old Charlie the Gatekeeper

Everyone in town loved Old Charlie. He wasn’t that old – maybe in his early-sixties at most – but no one could ever remember a time when Old Charlie didn’t man his post as gatekeeper at the entrance of town… What did the town need a gatekeeper for? If you...
Doing What I Want or What the Group Wants?

Doing What I Want or What the Group Wants?

A vital element in emotional wellness is doing what you want and what you believe is right. Anytime you bend to social pressure, and therefore bend your personal principles, you're sewing the seeds of bitterness. Don't go there. Don't just hang with the...
Family Tree

Family Tree

The Torah tells us that “Man is a tree in the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Interestingly, we automatically refer to our ancestral background as “the family tree.” On a superficial level, just as a tree branches out from trunk to branches to twigs above ground – and...
Live It to Give It

Live It to Give It

The Torah says, "You shall teach them to your children to talk about them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you lie down and when you arise." (Deuteronomy 11:19). The Torah commands us to teach our children to "talk about...

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