The Hebrew word, chesed, is often defined as lovingkindness. According to Kabbalah, it is one of ten sefirot: emanations or qualities of G-d. In this visual expression, the word chesed is approached from a mystical perspective. “Peace and Love” and “Be Kind” are not new concepts. They have ancient roots. The Jewish prayer for peace … Continue reading Marlene Burns: Art
Holiday time can also be a chance to teach some new skills while assessing the strengths of each child.
By Manya Ronay Judaism commands us to live at a very high level of consciousness. We are called on to watch what we say, what we do and even what we eat. Yes, not only must we guard what comes out of our mouths, we must guard what goes into our mouths as well! The … Continue reading Envisioning a Healthier Kosher Standard
‘Fear no one, but G-d alone.’ By Miriam Racquel Feldman I recently came across a letter from my son that was written to the Lubavitcher Rebbe (some people send these to the Ohel and some put into the Igros Kodesh—my family’s way is to use the Igros Kodesh) with a list of complaints about a … Continue reading Releasing Community Control and Widening the Path of Torah for Our Children
Everything we do as Jews, even the seemingly mundane things like healthy eating and exercising, becomes part of something so much higher when we do things with the right intentions of serving Hashem.
At each stage of a child’s life, even if that child’s potential seems lacking, it’s never lost. It might take time, but ultimately, each of us, at each stage in that child’s development, has the opportunity to detect the holy spark within—and to help unfold the miracle of that human being’s purpose on earth.
Since it is neither possible nor a good idea to sanitize the world, our microcosms are our own responsibility. This has always been true. Spare yourself the unhealthy stress of worrying what others are doing. Focus on your personal efforts and thank Hashem in advance for continuing to keep you safe.
I thought I was broken. It was an emotional pain sometimes so deep it consumed me. I thought that when I discovered Torah Judaism 12 years ago, it would fix me. Those thoughts that exist in your mind that tell you that you’re not enough, you don’t have enough; I had believed them. And so I searched … Continue reading JUDAISM DIDN’T FIX MY LIFE, I NEED TO DO IT