How can Jewish practice and culture encourage more playfulness, rest and hope?
While “positive thinking” won’t often help us address our biggest problems, a positive affect can help us expand our horizons.
If we focus exclusively on why we are so right, so good, and so smart, then when things do go wrong, we won’t know how respond.
In the new movie “Inside Out,” all of the emotions are pure in their coloring — except for Joy. Why?
As someone whose shelves are overflowing with books about cognitive science, and who often integrates these findings with Jewish teachings, I want to share three books that teach Jewish ideas.
Our greatest Jewish responsibility is to give thanks, because when we give thanks, we recognize the holy potential of our world and bring more of it into people’s lives.
Money doesn’t have value in and of itself — its power comes in what it allows us to do. The question then is, are we using our money to help us do what we truly want to be doing?
Joy expands who we are. And that’s a message we need to remember for Sukkot.
There are two Hebrew words that we say many, many times over these High Holy Days. Those two Hebrew words are, of course, shanah tovah. And yet we almost always mistranslate them.
If we think of our neighbors as people we have to try to keep up with, then that will just make us miserable. But if we think of our “neighbors” as those we have a responsibility to, then we can realize the value and importance of moving away from our self-centered materialism.