A Light in the Darkness: Retelling the Hanukkah Story for a New Generation
How can we pass on a story if we don’t believe it or if we don’t like its message? Ḥanukkah is quickly approaching. Each year I struggle with the same question of how to make this holiday meaningful for my kids.
Growing Because of, Not Despite, Difficulties
Part of being human is having difficulties. And, our difficulties can come from any number of sources. For starters, change is constant and any change can be stressful – even a positive change! So what are us mere mortals to do in the face of the inevitable difficulties?
Mindfulness, Shabbat and Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a construct from the brain which research shows that mindfulness can reduce. “Religious” meditation turns out to be more effective than its secular alternative. Shabbat can be a pain-relieving retreat.
Focusing and Jewish Mysticism
Going Down to Go Up Judaism is overflowing with maps of spiritual transformation. One prominent example from Hasidic mysticism is the path of descending for…
Every Dictionary You Need to Study Hebrew and Aramaic Texts
Here is a list of all of the best dictionaries, web resources and apps for studying Hebrew and Aramaic once you understand the fundamental grammar.
5 Things Transpersonal Psychologists Should Know about Judaism
Here are five golden nuggets from the world of Torah that transpersonal psychologists—and those they inspire—will benefit from knowing.
12 Types of Kabbalah: A Guide for the Mystified
What is Kabbalah anyways? The great number of ways the word “Kabbalah” is used can be overwhelming. Today, many different groups (often competing with one-another) teach divergent practices and philosophies of Kabbalah, often with unique origin stories for how this type of mysticism came to be. This article clarifies the differences and helps cut through the confusion.