Relationships

In addition to one’s relationship with the Creator (which is the subject of our “Emuna and Spirit” category), there are two significant types of relationships in a person’s life: one’s relationship with oneself and one’s relationships with fellow humans. The basis of peaceful and gratifying interpersonal relationships begins with a person’s understanding and appreciation of him/herself. Liking oneself is the key to harmony with others.

Clean Green

Clean Green

An adequate income doesn’t depend on the amount of money one earns, but on the quality of the money that one earns. When our money is clean of such transgressions as dishonesty, short-changing and slander, it carries a blessing of adequacy…

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Hard Words that Break Tender Souls

Hard Words that Break Tender Souls

Many adults today harbor deep emotional scars that never healed because of a derogatory nickname that someone gave them when they were young. If that someone was a parent, it takes a miracle to heal the insulted child’s soul, who grows up with a negative self-image that’s worse than a physical handicap.

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Kids and Spirituality

Kids and Spirituality

Do we have a right to expect our children to sit through lengthy synagogue services like little tin soldiers, without moving a muscle? Do we have the right to expect anything from our children? What’s the basis of effective child education rather than force-feeding our kids? In a two-minute message from the holy Western Wall in Jerusalem, Rabbi Lazer explains…

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The Jealousy Pandemic

The Jealousy Pandemic

The Creator gives each person what he or she needs to do their job in life. Look at your good points. They’re the tools in your toolbox. Each is like a piece of a puzzle; put them all together, and you’ll have a clear picture of what you’re likely to succeed in. Once you piece together your good points, you’ll see how the Creator is gently guiding along your own special path. Once you find it, you’ll never be jealous of anyone…

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The True Friend

The True Friend

True friendship has a price-tag – it’s called empathy, the ability to feel the other person, to know when to give a pat on the back or a word of encouragement. True friendship means that you feel when the other person needs you and you’re there for them. You’re not too tired or too busy…

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Old Charlie the Gatekeeper

Old Charlie the Gatekeeper

If you lived in a town with no crime, no sicknesses, no strife or arguments, no poverty and nothing but happy citizens, young and old, you’d want it to stay that way and prevent any undesirable elements from entering your town. That was the secret of Charliesville…

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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...

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Live It to Give It

Live It to Give It

Education is not preaching – it’s personal example. A child’s innate sense of justice cannot stand hypocrisy and inconsistency. A parent who preaches one thing yet practices otherwise is guaranteed to obtain the opposite results. In simple English, if you live it, you can give it…

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