We can’t get out of Egypt by ourselves Every year, we read the story of the exodus from Egypt in the Pesach Haggada. In the Midrash, it’s written that the Egyptian exile was the hardest period of time that Am Yisrael experienced. The slavery was extremely hard. Writing in Likutey Halachot, Rav Natan says that Read more
The soul dimension
Falling is not failing; it’s gathering treasure.
The power of self-restraint Rebbe Nachman writes (in Likutey Moharan, 25): “That every person needs to rescue themselves from [their] imagination, and to raise up their seichel (minds)… and know: that in each and every world, and that at each and every [spiritual] level, these fantasies exist (i.e. the power of imagination). And these, these Read more
So why are we on the internet, anyway? Everyone knows that the Internet has been at best a mixed blessing. It is hard to imagine that any of the benefits it has brought could make up for the damage it has caused by placing so many temptations one click away in the absence of social Read more
Poet Esther Cameron muses on the internet: Soul’s bulb, abandoned, shrinks; what thing gets growth?
An exploration into The Zone found within and around every candle lit for a mitzvah, such as Shabbos and Chanukah, leads into the unique Alef Zone, making a person rich, and money may even follow.
Dead People’s Stuff – Part 2 The idea that you could actually enjoy having dead people’s stuff around – let alone find it useful and reassuring – was so bizarre to me, that when my friend Annette mentioned that she was still using some of her deceased father’s items – happily! – I was a Read more
Dead People’s Stuff – Part 1 My husband and I built a brand-new house in the Indiana countryside. It’s actually not a house but an apartment on the upper floor of our barn. Yet I think of it as a house because it’s a second home, built from scratch, to our own specs. It’s a Read more