In English, the words ‘make’ and ‘earn’ are synonyms: “How much does he make?” = “How much does he earn?” In Lashon Ha-Kodesh, the word ‘make’- ‘Aseh’ is synonymous, not with ‘earn’, but with ‘do’. We don’t ‘earn’ our livelihood; objectively we deserve nothing. Rather, we do what we can, we make an effort-hishtadlus, and Read more
I always have trouble this time of year. We’re in the infamous ‘nine days’, Tisha b’Av is around the corner. I know it’s a time of mourning, and as a Jew with a long-eyed view of history, I know there’s plenty to mourn about. That’s not the problem. My temperament’s not the problem either. Melancholia Read more
The problem’s galus. The solution’s geula. Simple, isn’t it? The problem’s galus. The solution’s geula. Easy to forget.
Look out the window and know that the space in front of you is infinite.
Last year’s Purim experience taught me a profound lesson: Friendships aren’t built on mishloach manot. Or at least, they shouldn’t be.
It was during those walks that I sensed that G-d was always by my side, coaching me on.He had never left me, though I had left Him.
This beautiful song Doesn’t have a goal, It is the surf Emerging from the shoal It is the wind Blowing from the soul. Take every creation Let go of its button hole And it will rise. In everything that you learn In everything you do, Ignore what it will earn, And you Read more
We needn’t be swept up in the sword dance of ‘conformity and the conformity of non-conformity’, but rather simply be (and write)…real.
Acknowledging the source from which
The dimness grows bright