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Elul is Now 

Do you feel stuck in a rut? Are you waiting for something to give you a push forward? David Ben Horin gives great advice that will even help us prepare for the new!

Signs of Summer

Along with the heat and the massive temptation to misuse our limbs, our eyes, and our minds, the summer ushers in the bloom of the dates, the pomegranates, and the olives.

Recipe for a Happy Summer

After Tisha B'AV comes vacation! Parents expect things from their children, and the children have their own expectations of summer break. Everyone is unhappy; what’s the solution?

Labor of Love

Labor Day is a day to recognize and acknowledge that we toil. For some of us it is a day when we feel sorry for working so hard at the expense of family and community…

Forgiveness in Five

When Hashem arranges for someone to insult or humiliate us, especially in the month of Elul or during the High Holidays, it's like winning the Irish lottery. Here's why…

Choose Your Passport

When we see how a man’s actions are judged by his fellow man versus how he is judged by Hashem, we see the lie unfold and the Truth revealed…

Climb the Spiritual Ladder

Do we truly believe we can correct our less-than-stellar attributes? All too often, we answer ourselves that it's a waste of time, because it's too difficult to change…

The Taste for Life

In these final weeks of Elul before Rosh Hashana, a person should be engaging in serious self-assessment. What are we doing on earth? What's it all for?

The Anti-Arrogance Tool

We are tested at every moment; that's why we must listen so carefully to the inner voice that asks, "Where are you?" Do we have an answer? Do we know our true place in life?

They’re All Beautiful

Tu B'Av: Rebbe Yishmael ben Elisha had special compassion for the poor girls of marital age who couldn't find a match because they lacked the wherewithal to provide a dowry...

The Gift of Forgiveness

I began to realize that my mind was crowded with hurtful memories of past events.  And these emotional items accumulated and filled more and more corners of my brain. I decided to give myself a GIFT...

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