Abraham achieved great spiritual levels because he emulated God by welcoming guests into his home.
Hachnasat Orchim is one of the mitzvot described in the Talmud (Shabbat 127a), for which we receive the rewards both in this world and in the world to come.
I'm a recent convert to Judaism, and one of the things that impresses me the most about the Jewish community is the way people have so generously opened their homes to me as a guest for Shabbat and holiday meals. Hachnasat Orchim, welcoming guests, is one of the key ways of "emulating God." In describing the mitzvah to walk in God's ways, the Talmud says: "Just as He is merciful, so you be merciful.
Just as He is kind, so you be kind." One example of God's kindness includes feeding the hungry, as God did by providing the manna bread to the Jews wandering in the desert (Exodus 16:4).
Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter (1810-1883), founder of the Mussar (Jewish ethics) movement of spiritual growth.
Rabbi Salanter's approach gained popularity in Lithuania, at a time when chassidic influences were growing. Test it out congruently and see for yourself how effective this formula is. You can counteract the effects of acting joyously by holding back or by repeating to yourself, "This won't really work." "Act with enthusiastic joy and you will actually experience it," was expressed by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto in his classic work "Path of The Just" written in 1740.
Safe Dates is an evidence-based curriculum that helps prevent dating violence in teens.
1 in 3 girls experience some form of dating violence by the time they graduate from high school, whether it be physical, emotional, or cyber.
Suppose we hear that an acquaintance lost a child in a traffic accident or to a serious illness. It is one thing to pay a condolence call to someone who has lost a parent and say, "Please accept my sympathies." It is the way of the world that parents die before their children.
The idea of Mussar is to use meditations, guided imagery, and exercises to penetrate the subconscious. If it's so easy, how come everyone isn't radiating joy? It's simple to say, but the very fact that not everyone consistently applies it shows that it doesn't come naturally to many people. Since then many professionals in the field of human emotions have repeated this formula. The more flexible someone is with their emotions, the easier it is for them to apply this.
In this way an individual can break through the barriers that prevent the soul from expressing its purity. Experiments with biofeedback technology and the testing of hormones in the blood after acting joyously have proven its effectiveness. As a rule, silence is golden, and generally we do not regret having held our peace.
Based on this commitment, we have committed significant resources to educating and empowering women and teens in an effort to end teen dating violence.
1 in 3 girls will experience some form of intimate partner abuse by the time they complete high school.