Jewish ethics

How to Be Truly Caring to People in Need

Rabbi Sandi Intraub
We all want to show our love, concern and support to our friends and neighbors in need, in the ways that will be welcome and helpful. Indeed, we know that it is a mitzvah (sacred obligation) in Judaism to visit the sick and console the bereaved. And, while we have these mitzvot, Judaism also outlines specific rules and boundaries to make sure we respect the needs and dignity of the people we are helping.

Humility: What Does Judaism Teach Us?

Hanan Harchol
Rabbi Leora Kaye
Can being humble actually be a source of strength? What does it mean to be “like the earth?” How can I let go of needing the recognition of others, and if I support the advancement of others, can it lead to my own growth as well? What does it mean to bend?

Repair and Apology: What Does Judaism Teach Us?

Hanan Harchol
Rabbi Leora Kaye
When is the last time you genuinely apologized to someone for something you did? What makes an apology worthwhile? What steps do people need to take in order for an apology to be sincere? Do you think Judaism’s “opinion” will agree with yours?

Love and Fear: What Does Judaism Teach Us? (Part 2)

Hanan Harchol
Rabbi Leora Kaye
Where does fear come from and what happens when you are afraid? How does fear affect your behavior, and in particular, how you treat the people around you? Is fear based on real danger, or is it at least partially in our your head? And, are there ways to feel safe, even in frightening situations?