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Practical advice for how to judge favorably

Practical advice: How we can judge others favorably

Advice: How to judge other people favorably There are a few rules we need to follow, in order to be able to judge other people favorably. Rule 1: Focus on their good deeds Even if there is...
We'll have everything when we have unity

Every good thing depends on unity

When we have unity, we'll have everything The whole story of what happened at Mount Sinai, and what will happen when we are redeemed, and what is happening all the time with all the bounty...
We shouldn't go to extremes - Parshat Mishpatim

Parshat Mishpatim: Don’t go to extremes!

Parshat Mishpatim: Why we tend to go to extremes Based on the writings of Rav Natan of Breslov Shemot 24:11: God didn’t hurt the leaders of Israel. They gazed at the Divine and ate and drank. In...
Love other people for free

How it’s possible to love someone else ‘for free’

How can we ‘love’ someone else, for free? We learnt that the rectification for the sinat chinam, or ‘baseless hatred’ that caused the destruction of the Second Temple is baseless love - i.e., loving our...
Spiritual Bipolar Disorder

Spiritual Bipolar Disorder and The Exile of The Nefesh

Spiritual Bipolar Disorder The first step: Recognition Most of us know the term Bipolar Disorder in the physical aspect as a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to...
Getting geula the fast way

This is the fastest way to get the geula

The fastest way to get the geula This week, we read Parshat Yitro, and its account of Matan Torah, or the giving of the Torah. Because the Torah is eternal, the giving of the Torah...
The secret of dancing to beat depression

How dancing can cure depression

The dancing cure for depression “Dancing and clapping hands sweetens all the judgments” (Likutei Moharan, I:10). Why are our hearts so heavy and fearful? What’s the root of a person’s fears? All this stems from the...
How to overcome enemies - Parshat Yitro

Parshat Yitro: How we can overcome our enemies

Parshat Yitro: How was Moshe able to stand up to his enemies? “He saved me from the sword of Pharoah” - Shemot 18:4 Rav Natan tells us in Likutey Halachot that Moshe Rabbenu had more spiritual...
The spiritual light of Tu B'Shvat

A huge light comes down to the world on Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’shvat is a very big day, spiritually. (Based on a video shiur of Rav Ofer Erez, shlita). It’s a day when a huge amount of kedusha (holiness) comes down to the world. In Parshat Bo, Hashem...
Why a little bit of internet is harder than going cold turkey

Why ‘cold turkey’ is often the easy option

Going 'cold turkey' is often easier than trying to indulge in moderation Guest post by Rivka Levy I was thinking about what Rav Ofer Erez wrote about how it’s so much easier to completely abstain from...