All posts in "Jewish Inspiration"

How to Love Your Critics: 5 Ways to Deal with Criticism

May 31, 2018 A mentor once advised me that a good rabbi needs a strong ego. We deal with much criticism because clergy often become the target of people’s frustration with God, life and the inevitable experiences of pain and suffering. But I’ve…

How To Write a Eulogy: 7 Guidelines

May 14, 2018 I have a strange obsession with eulogies. It might be an occupational hazard. I have to deliver at least one eulogy a week. I’ve also heard hundreds of eulogies from family members and friends. Many inspired me and made me…

Mahmoud Abbas Reveals the 3 Elements of Modern Anti-Semitism

May 7, 2018 Mahmoud Abbas, the dictator/president of the Palestinian Authority, wrote his doctoral dissertation blaming Jews for the Holocaust. He gave full public expression to this awful view in a speech last week. It is worth reading because it crystallizes the beliefs…

What Happens at a Jewish Funeral?

May 4, 2018 Funerals can be painful. But they can also bring us comfort and guidance. A Jewish funeral has one core purpose: to comfort the bereaved. Jewish funeral customs follow a set order. Not all Jews observe all these customs. But most…

14 Prayer Quotes for Encouragement and Inspiration

April 26, 2018 We all pray. Prayer does not just consist of words, though these prayer quotes are words. We pray with our legs, our arms, and our hearts. My hope is that these Jewish prayer quotes from help us move closer to…

Israel’s 70th Anniversary: 10 Reasons for You to Celebrate

April 19, 2018 This month begins the state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Why does this anniversary matter? Well, the number 70 frequently recurs in the Bible and Jewish tradition. Moses has 70 elders. Jerusalem has 70 names. 70 years was considered a full…

3 Ways to Deepen Your Connections: Relationship Wisdom

April 16, 2018 A rabbinic mentor of mine loves to tell brides and grooms that his job is “save your marriage before it starts.” I don’t present my role in such dramatic terms, but I do think he is on to something. Judaism…
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