Category Archives: Psychology & Self Help

Imagining a Unified World

Imagine what the world would be like if people felt a genuine awareness of the common oneness that bonds all people. Imagine how different it would be. Would we wage war and use our resources to build weapons of mass destruction? Would we need police and courts to stop us from taking advantage of one […]

Tears of Stone

Standing at the top of the mountain, across the Western Wall Plaza, I can see thousands of people streaming in from all directions. Jews of all colors and manners of dress, and many non-Jews among them, make their way as if by some magnetic attraction, to the Western Wall. The evening sky is cool and […]

The War is Over

  I look around and see a world at war with itself. It is a war between the body and the soul — not just the body and soul within the individual, but the body and soul of all things, of every experience, of every opportunity, of every art, or every movement, of every aspect […]

Beyond the Stars

People like reading their horoscopes, getting feedback from psychics, astrologers and other spiritualists, and looking for clues to their nature and destiny in Torah codes, tea leaves and tarot cards. Some of these modalities are legit and kosher. Some are pagan and idolatrous. All of them are dangerous. The same can be said for life […]

Who Do You Hate?

“What’s your problem, anyways? If something bothers you so much, if something disgusts you so much, it’s inside you, man. You think it’s out there, but really it’s in you. You know, you can only really smell your own garbage.” Sometimes you hear certain words that resonate so intensely, for good or for bad, that […]

Ride On

It is the suspense of knowing something big is going to happen, but not knowing exactly what. It shoots me up, knocks me down, spins me around and upside-down. It can make me sick. It can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It can make me lose my sense of self, and plays […]

The Banality of Good

If I had to sum up all of the mystical and kabbalistic wisdom I managed to absorb thus far into one catchphrase, it would be this: Learn to live in the moment. It is, for me at least, the foundation upon which all other pursuits are based. If we cannot master the art of perceiving […]

The Perils of Choice

In 21st Century life, choice dominates every area of life. In the east, people are organizing and rebelling against tyrants and injustice because they want the power to make their own choices. (What exactly those choices will be is a matter for another discussion.) In the west, people are choosing new and improved gadgets, phone […]

Got Time?

There may soon come a day when humanity makes the unimaginable technological advancement that will enable us to produce time. Today, we exert the vast majority of our energy to get the mundane things – work, finances, chores – out of the way, in order to makeroom for important things – family, friends, study, meaning, […]

Inner Sanctuary

How can I know if I have a healthy relationship with the world? This crazy world that seems to be spinning to an increasingly absurd and chaotic tune, when all my inner being wants is some peace and a sense of purpose in it all – how am I supposed to relate to it? From […]