Loving God “with all your possessions” means using all your material resources in the service of God. This includes spending money on mitzvot, giving charity, and passing up business opportunities that involve transgressing a mitzvah. Let’s examine specific tools to develop love of God in each of these areas.
Intimacy through Names. It defines the relationship we have with the person and forces us to treat them in a particular way. “Hashem” is the Jewish people’s way of saying Dad. Dad is not the person’s legal name, it’s not their Hebrew name, it’s not their business title. It’s shorthand. It’s a way to say that we, as Jews, have a nickname for You, God.
A few things to keep in mind as Rosh Hashanah draws near. My precious child, I want to wish you a shana tova, a sweet new year, and share with you a few things that I think you need you to know. When I look at you I see something very different than what you see when you look in the mirror. You see …
Loving Michael came down to two things: opening the window and fully allowing my son to fly from my nest, and doing everything in my power to create a joyous and loving relationship during the time we had together. Although I couldn’t change the situation, I could change the way I behaved.
Which brings me to your concern: “How can God love me if I’m not better than I was last year?” First of all, you might not realize that you actually are better than last year. Maybe your behavior in a certain area is “lower” than it was, but maybe you’re more aware of your misdeeds?
Pekudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38) Love as a means to reach the Divine. The Torah in Parshat Vayakhel, which describes the making of the Mishkan, goes out of its way to emphasize the role women played in it: The men accompanied the women, and those who wanted to make a donation brought bracelets, earrings, finger rings, and body ornaments,…
As a mother of a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, I pride myself on being pretty calm. But all that changed this past summer. As a mother of a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, I pride myself on being pretty calm. While I can’t compete with my extremely laid-back husband, I don’t lose any …
We know the crushing pain and your inability to speak and so let our prayers be your voices to the Almighty God to ease your burden and to show you mercy. May His grace be yours to enable you to go on.
Learning how to face life’s difficult challenges. Aliza Bulow has been a Jewish Educator for over twenty five years teaching practical Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills to adults.
Taking a glance over the comments I see how some people have responded “negatively” to this article and I felt the need to speak up. I am a female that recently decided to leave the gay lifestyle.
Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah. He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.
Judaism offers a unique solution to the spiritual dilemma of how to payback God.
Have you ever wished your child was in a wheelchair? Probably not. It’s a horrible wish. But I have. You’ve probably never felt jealousy when watching a mother pushing a profoundly disabled child, his arms curled inward, his eyes rolling and his head lolling to the side? People turn and look when he squawks because he can’t communicate.
Google it. The addiction part is of your problem is the result of your attitude toward this activity. Most people learn these things from others and without a strong foundation this and many other habits/addictions can result.
Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries on highly subsidized programs to …
As an ordained Rabbi who is dedicated to serving the Los Angeles community and renowned for his impactful sermons and popular lectures, Rabbi Yoel Gold currently serves as Rabbi of Congregation Beis Naftali.
By acting thus, Avraham demonstrated that he served only out of love and not for any reward. So it was in his words to the King of Sodom, for he did not seek any reward from the Holy One Blessed be He. “If I take anything that is yours:” If I seek no reward from God, I certainly seek no reward from you.(Ha’amek Davar on Bereishit 14:23)
The spiritual power of God’s special place. Sara Yoheved Rigler is a popular international lecturer on subjects of Jewish spirituality. She has given lectures and workshops in Israel, England, France, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Panama, and over 35 American cities.
Rabbi Mike Stern reflects on the tragic death of his 12-year-old daughter. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Mike Stern has inspired thousands of people with his great love of humanity and his great love of Judaism. Whether in rabbinical posts at Aish Philadelphia, the Milwaukee Kollel, and now as the …
My Son’s Suicide – The Frustration. My son was depressed since childhood. Last Feb. at 42 yrs. old he Killed himself. He left a fair-well letter saying exactly the words Toby Weitzman said: “Depression is an illness that kills you in the end like cancer. I don’t blame anybody – I just could’t suffer anymore”.