The Power of Life and Death

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “The Power of Life and Death.”

It’s so important to develop mastery over the whole life sequence: think nice thoughts, speak kind words, do good deeds, and develop positive habits. This is one of the secrets to life itself.

Life is often in the hands of our tongue–one stupid word and it can mean your head, and one smart thing and it can be, with G-d’s help, your ride to the stars!

Indeed, controlling your words, like controlling your desires, temper, and so on is a constant challenge we all face throughout life. Yes, it’s easy to just let oneself go, but the consequences can be severe for shooting off your mouth, acting stupid, or getting angry. We can get better with patience, time, and practice. We can become better, stronger people. We can learn to guard not only our tongue, but our temperament and deeds, and live a better, and perhaps even a longer life for it. 😉

(Credit Photo: Dossy Blumenthal)

Everyone’s Heart Is Something

This video has gone viral since Monday. 


A 6-year old girl instructs her mom and dad on how to treat each other better after her parent’s divorce. 


“I just want everyone to be friends.”


“If I can be nice, I think all of you can be too.”


“I want everyone to smile.”


“I think you can get your mean heights to low heights.”


“My heart is something. Everyone’s heart is something.”


“If we live in a world where everyone is mean, then everyone will be a monster. What about the future?”


“If there is a little bit of person, we will eat them, then no one will ever be here, only the monsters will be in our place,”


“I want everything to be good and possible, nothing else.”


So innocent and pure are her words.


Yes, a wake-up call to all of us!


If G-d can endow us with such pristine souls, surely we can nurture these and one day return them to the Maker, certainly no worse for the wear, and maybe even some better with good deeds done. 😉