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...
Seeing the good

It’s so hard to see the good in yucky people

Seeing the good in yucky people Guest post by Rivka Levy “The foundation of Jewish unity is to look for the good points in our fellow Jew.” - Rav Ofer Erez Over the years, few things have...
Spiritual Bipolar Disorder

Spiritual Bipolar Disorder Part 1 – The Exile of The Nefesh

Spiritual Bipolar Disorder The first step: Recognition - Part 1 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...
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...
The first rule of doing Jewish outreach

The first thing you need to know if you want to do Jewish outreach

What you need to know if you want to do Jewish outreach In lesson 14 of Likutey Moharan, Rebbe Nachman teaches us that the only way to increase peace in the world is by returning...
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...

Everything we have is a gift from Hashem

Nothing is from me, it's all a gift from Hashem When we receive any good thing or succeed in something, we need to immediately say ‘thank you’, and to recognize that this is all completely...