Self Improvement

Make this Shabbat especially meaningful by devoting quality time to focus on Jewish ethics and character building.

Read More

Opportunity Knocks

When you have the opportunity to do a mitzvah, don't hesitate.

Read More

Opportunity Knocks

Find opportunities to learn and share about Judaism. 

Read More

Make the Effort to Improve, and be Sure to Sustain that Improvement

Think seriously about your Jewish New Year’s resolutions and how you will be able to make them really happen.

Read More

Make the Effort to Improve and Sustain that Improvement

Any preparations you can make for Yom Kippur will enhance your experience.

Read More

Make the Effort to Improve and Sustain that Improvement

Think seriously about your Jewish New Year’s resolutions and how you will be able to make them really happen.

Read More

Self-Defense

Learning self-defense can help you fulfill the mitzvah of pikuach nefesh, saving a life (including your own)

Read More

Protecting the Self

Take the time to study self-defense.

Read More

Self Protection

Take the time to learn basic self defense moves.

Read More

Self Help

Take time to take care of yourself.

Read More

Dedication for Self

Let the holiday of Chanukah be an inspiration to dedicate yourself to include more Jewish learning in your daily life. 

Read More

Self Awareness

Be aware of your personal strengths.

Read More

Self-Reflection

On the last night of Chanukah (tonight), take extra time enjoying the menorah lights and thinking about how the ideas of miracles and salvations apply to your own life.

Read More

Self Reflect

Remember that your actions are observed on many levels.

Read More

Donation From Self

Many Jewish organizations love to receive donations of people's volunteer time.

Read More

Self Analysis

A person should try to understand his/her own motivations as well as the outside forces influence his/her decisions.

Read More

Self-Esteem

Write a list of things about yourself of which you are proud. When you have a bad day, refer to the list to help you remember how important you are.

Read More

Metzora 5771-2011

"We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident" by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald On July 4th 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a statement written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, known as the…

Read More

Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities NJOP has three incredible Grant Opportunities to support your organization, synagogue or community.…

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883, his family name was Lipkin but…

Read More

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883, his family name was Lipkin but…

Read More

Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5774-2014

“Repentance-With a Little Help from our Friend in Heaven!” by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald In parashat Nitzavim, the first of this week’s double parashiot, Nitzavim-Vayeilech, we read the…

Read More

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883, his family name was Lipkin but…

Read More

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883). Rabbi Israel’s family name was…

Read More

How To Keep Kosher

How To Keep Kosher Table of Contents Introduction How to Kasher An Oven How to Cook in a Kosher Oven How to Kasher Silverware…

Devarim 5780-2020

“Eichah, The Annual Search for Meaning and Introspection” (updated and revised from Parashat Devarim 5761-2001) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald This week’s parasha, parashat Devarim, is…

Read More

Majority Rules

After the Torah was given, Moses served as the sole judge of the Jewish people until a judicial hierarchy was established at the suggestion of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. One judge was…

Read More

Majority Rules

After the Torah was given, Moses served as the sole judge of the Jewish people until a judicial hierarchy was established at the suggestion of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. One judge was…

Read More

Four Steps of Repentance

In order to fully understand Yom Kippur, it is important to look deeper at the Jewish concept of teshuva, "repentance." Teshuva is actually a process of self-evaluation and…

Read More

Lowly for a Purpose

“I am a worm and not a man,” Psalms 22:7 There is an old joke among those who are familiar with the Mussar Movement: A new student comes to a Novardok yeshiva and during the first…

Read More