In Judaism, the ends do not justify the means, and words can certainly hurt you.
It seems to be the defining spirit of our age. But is it actually good advice?
Does being a person of faith and integrity require constant, brutal honesty?
If we all have an inborn drive to seek out life’s meaning, we also have an opposing impulse to do away with anything that might hinder our autonomy.
Jewish wisdom ensures us that even if our good deeds begin with bad intentions, eventually we will come to do them with the noblest of intentions.
It’s the month of Elul, a time of change. Here’s how to do it the Jewish way:
How are we to reconcile the fact that there are individuals who are scrupulous in observing Jewish law, yet seem not to care about their health?
How do we gain perspective when it’s badly needed? Jewish thought provides a few answers — through the story of a fox.
The unfortunate message from some synagogues is that Judaism isn’t about lofty ethical ideals, or rapturous prayer, but rather all about the money.
A difference will only be made when every individual sees extending a hand to those floating by as part of their core identity and personal mission.