middahIn simplicity is there a richness of life.

Simplicity is assessing what is necessary in life and what is excessive. By slimming down our appetites, possessions, and our desires, we can begin to experience the riches of a simple life.

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accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: Is there an area in your life (home, routine, possessions) where you struggle with simplicity? Do you have more than you need (food, ho...

quotes


"Who is rich? He who is happy with what he has." -- Avot 4:1, Ben Zoma "Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."  --Matthew 5:8 "As the wallet grows...

 

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daily living


The first time I ever needed to type out an outline for a school project included what could be considered one of the biggest, “duh,” moments of my life. ...
My dad was a blue-collar worker.  Having a handicap, he was not able to pursue the academic dreams he had as a young man.  He delivered newspapers for the New York Post. &...
During my senior year of high school, in preparation for my freshman year at the Berklee College of Music, I decided it was going to be very important for me to appreciate more comp...

torah


Could it be that we sometimes complicate our lives to avoid the simple, life-changing — and scary — encounter with the living God? ...
Around our home, Jewish holidays are elaborate affairs. While I tend to be focused on the ritual and teaching aspects of the holidays, I observe that each time they come around my w...

besorah


During the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, our tradition recommends reading Psalm 27 twice each day. In this Psalm, David stirs us up to hope, courage, bold confidence...
Then they brought him children so he could place his hands upon them and pray, but his talmidim reprimanded them. Yeshua said, “Permit the children and do not withhold them from c...
Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. --Matthew 5:8 I yearn for simplicity, but life insists on complicating itself. ...

mesorah


Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot.  --Avot 4:1 ...

meditation


I can recall our second trip to Israel as a family, when our three children were 8, 6, and 6 respectively.  We rented an apartment in Yemin Moshe for a week and soaked in Jer...

stories


Rabbi Salanter once noticed that a fancy restaurant was charging a huge price for a cup of coffee. He approached the owner and asked why the coffee was so expensive. After all, ...

this week


Moshe Rabbenu teaches loving-kindness
Here's a drash on loving-kindness adapted from my book Creation to Completion, wh . . .
chesed and truth
For the Torah was given through Moshe; chesed and truth came through Yeshua the M . . .
chesed and forgiveness
In his commentaries in both the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur Koren Machzorim Rabbi . . .
how the world stands
A woman died and left no money to pay for her funeral. She was an inhabitant of o . . .
His chesed is always there!
One of the high points of the Passover Seder every year, especially when our ki . . .
do a chesed
There was an older gentleman I used to to interact with fairly regularly at a Ra . . .
bottled up kindness
'The kindnesses of the Lord I shall sing forever; to generation after generation . . .
showering chesed
The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    . . .

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