The Jealousy Pandemic

The Jealousy Pandemic

Jealousy is the world’s worst waste of emotional energy. It’s a ridiculous, counter-productive emotion. So many men are frustrated, unfulfilled and disappointed in themselves. Even the ones with nice marriages, steady incomes and many other blessings feel...
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...
Wallflower

Wallflower

Dear Rabbi Lazer, I’m 16, going into eleventh grade, and very unhappy. My best girlfriend is really popular at school and shul (we’re conservative), and I’m not. In all honesty, I’m just as attractive as she is, and my grades are just as good...

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