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How do I choose the right path in life?

The Jewish physicist and Nobel prize-winner Isidore Rabi, was once asked why he became a scientist. He replied: “My mother made me a scientist without ever intending it. Every other mother would ask her child after school: “What did you learn today?” But my mother used to ask, instead, “Izzy, did you ask a good question today?” That made the difference. Asking good questions made me into a scientist.”

Judaism is a faith that encourages questions. In the yeshivah, the home of traditional Talmudic learning, the highest praise a teacher can give a student is, “You ask a good question.”

One of the most interesting and fascinating mitzvot in the Torah is the one of “sending away the mother … Read More »

Milk vs. Meat

A dog walks into a butcher shop and the butcher asks, “What do you want?” The dog points to the steak in a glass case. “How many pounds?” The dog barks twice. “Anything else?” The dog points to some pork chops and barks four times. So the butcher wraps up a two-pound steak and four pork chops and places the bag in the dog’s mouth. He then takes money from a purse tied around the dog’s neck and sees him out. A customer, who has been watching in amazement, follows the dog to a house several blocks away, where it rings the doorbell to be let in.

As the owner appears at the door, the customer says, “What a remarkable dog!” “Remarkable?” snorts the owner. “This is the… Read More »


Let me share a beautiful story with you. A little boy was afraid of the dark, and one night, his mother asked him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The boy hesitated, saying, "Mama, I don't want to go out there. It's dark." His mother reassured him, saying, "You don't have to be afraid of the dark. G-d is out there. He'll look after you and protect you." The boy, still uncertain, asked, "Are you sure he's out there?" His mother replied, "Yes, I'm sure. He is everywhere, and he is always ready to help you when you need him." The boy, gaining some courage, cracked open the back door and called out, "G-d? If you're out there, would you please hand me the broom?"

The Jewish p… Read More »

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