Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

Prayer as a Way of Being

Beyond services and synagogue, the challenge of living a prayerful life

Jews and Stealing

The ways we justify theft cannot free us of its corrupting influence.

A Spiritual Shabbat Orientation

How to achieve that extra measure of soulfulness that marks the Sabbath.

Food Blessings

I have to eat in holiness and purity, because I am doing God's will by eating.

Work as a Jewish Spiritual Practice

Texts that address the issue of Jewish work.

Avodah: Vocation, Calling, Service

More than just means to make money, our jobs can be one vehicle for setting the world right.

The Spirituality of Caring for Our Bodies

We may need to work on our spiritual health in order to ensure our physical health.

Wine and Intoxication: A View from Jewish Sources

The sages of classical Judaism sought to warn us about the influence of alcoholic beverages, even as they encouraged its moderate use for celebrations.

When Friendship Sours: Vengeance & Bearing a Grudge

Jewish Vengeance and Grudges with Friends. Jewish Friendship. Jewish Friends. Jewish Relationship.

Inner Beauty, Outward Beauty, and Health

Judaism recognizes the primacy of an inner beauty, but we are nonetheless called upon to care for our bodies and not discouraged from tending to our appearance.