How I Found Inner Peace in this Time of War

There is a war raging here in Israel.
Though we’re blessedly removed from the front line here in Jerusalem, I can’t escape the images of destruction that dominate the big TV screen when I enter a store; nor the constant talk of rockets raining down on Israel’s biggest cities; nor the procession of visitors coming too and from a local shul, where a fallen soldier’s family

The Secret Ecstasy of Business Failure

Let me tell you a really great, old Jewish story.
Over 200 years ago, there lived a Rabbi. He was a great Torah scholar and a Rosh Yeshiva, and he was also a wealthy man. He owned a lumber business and a ship that transported the lumber down the river. It was a very lucrative industry in those distant pre-IKEA days.
One day a rumor reached the yeshiva