A few years back, I auditioned for a prestigious Asia-wide orchestra summer camp. To put it very mildly, the panelist declined me and gave me his very frank thoughts on my playing. What he said about my playing I was able to shrug off after a few days, but something else he said haunted me … More Pesach Cleaning: Ghosts and Gold Cracks
I was recently watching a documentary that featured many different religions and one of the topics touched upon was Feng shui. According to this article on About.com, “Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the … More Feng Shui and Emunah
Almost three years ago, in the Hebrew year 5774 (or 2013), I had more or less just started learning about Judaism and was still touching on the basics of each topic. Rosh Hashana had just ended and I was speaking with a friend about it, when she suddenly said, “I’m sad because Yom Kippur is … More Shabbos
A few weeks back I wrote about Morning Blessings, and that got me really thinking about each blessing more carefully. And then I realized: I had always wondered about “sleep from my eyes and slumber from my eyelids” … why the differentiation? How was sleep different from slumber? I wrote my mentor Eliezer about it, … More Sanctifying G-d
There are lots of beautiful prayers in Judaism. But some of my absolute favorites are the set of blessings said in the morning upon waking. I find them a beautiful way to remember all the blessings I have, as well as also a nice list of requests from G-d for the day. To the best … More Morning Blessings
I’ve always loved Chanukah. I love the story, I love the candles, I love the lights, I love the donuts, I love it all – in theory. This year was the first year I decided it was actually time to celebrate the holiday properly, so I showed up at Chabad and lit some candles with my … More It’s STILL Chanukah??
All my life I was taught to fight and resist evil temptations. Which is of course, a very good thing to do. But I recently learned a few things that changed my perspective rather significantly: I learned that apparently, Satan / the Yezter Hara (the “Evil Inclination”) actually works for G-d and wants you to beat … More The Yetzer Hara or the Evil Inclination