Are You Happy Yet?

Are You Happy Yet?

Today, Adar begins. Our rabbis teach: when Adar enters, joy increases. Does it really? Is there something tangible we can do that will make us happier during these days? Our world is changing quickly. Studies show that social media diminishes happiness in new ways....
Are You Sitting?

Are You Sitting?

Unexpected challenges bring us to new vistas of self-discovery Last spring my wife, Aviel, was standing at the Kotel.  Suddenly, she felt like someone turned off a switch.  The world looked oddly dark.  Was something off with her sight?  Could it...
Rise Up

Rise Up

A conversation between G-d and Moshe reveals a key to overcoming setbacks. We all face setbacks. They are an integral part of our journey. A tendency is to be discouraged. We often feel that a setback is evidence that the steps we took forward were misguided. After a...
My Name Forever

My Name Forever

The conversation between G-d and Moshe at the burning bush is a conversation for the ages. It has deep implications for Jewish history – and for our own lives. If we pay attention to this conversation, we will have a key to dealing with the most difficult issues we...
Lie to the Kids?

Lie to the Kids?

A Chanukah Reflection  Ladies and gentlemen, Put on your Yarmulke, here comes Hanukah! Tell Veronica, Get out your Harmonica! As this SNL classic Jewish song reminds us, Chanukah is one of those times that all Jews connect to. But if we look at the Chag more...
An Elul Reflection

An Elul Reflection

Ladies and gentlemen, we have hit the jackpot.  Whichever political party you love or hate – life here in the US is pretty amazing. There is economic bounty, political freedom and only four years until you get to vote your least favorite politician out of office....