Chanukah: The Light of Love – Sparks

Imagine you walk into a magic store where they sell special flashlights equipped with magic lights of different kinds. For example, you can buy the light of science, and when you point that flashlight at your hand, you see not a hand, but cells and blood vessels and tendons and …

How Much Fun Is Happiness? – Sparks

What is the difference between having fun and being happiness? Happiness is not dependent on an event, it is an inner state of being that does not happen to you but that you must achieve. Happiness is not a happening that you wait to happen, it’s a choice you have …

The Soul-ution to All Our Problems – Sparks

Very often religion is presented as offering the secret to ultimate happiness. I have heard religious leaders try to entice people towards a religious lifestyle promising them that through the synagogue or the church they will find happiness and bliss. People are hoping to find a quick and easy formula …

Do Good, Feel Good. Do Bad, Feel Bad – Sparks

The prophet Hosea (14:2) calls, “Return, Israel, unto G-d, for you have failed in your transgressions.” Hosea did not say, “you have fallen,” but rather, “you have failed.” In other words, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik explains, we are not just sinners — we are failures. Our wrongdoings have made spiritual …

The Secret to Miraculous Resilience – Sparks

All things are mortal, but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? ~ Mark Twain When G-d said to Abraham “Go to yourself–Lech Lecha” what was He actually asking Abraham to do? This command seems to be contradicted by the remainder …