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Less Stress, More Joy

The Peace, Harmony, Joy Approach

Scott Frank & Yossi Lerman

110 pages

Scott Frank is a business executive. Yossi Lerman is a Chabad rabbi. Both have been on a quest, as the title of their slim paperback says, to find more joy in life. Scott draws on his experience as a lifelong student of new psychology and self help; Yossi brings his religious training as a rabbi to the project. 

Together, they’ve developed an approach to help readers live with joy, while elevating their relationships with family, friends, and community. 

Eight Paths of Purpose

Tuvia Teldon

Outskirts Press 

160 pages

Why is it that humans are the only living beings that struggle to find their purpose? Where do we look for answers to life’s big questions, whom can we trust, and how do we stay on track? 

Rabbi Tuvia Teldon’s journey began in 1977 when his newborn son, Boruch, was diagnosed with a form of cystic fibrosis. Twelve years later, when Boruch died after a failed lung transplant, Teldon needed answers.

Eight Paths of Purpose is the product of one rabbi’s search for meaning. It provides a general overview of how purpose “thinks,” and offers eight paths toward a life of fulfillment. 

The Four Keys of Kabbalah

A Spiritual Guide to Finding Meaning and Purpose in Your Life 

Yisrael M. Rice

Dove Press Limited, 304 pages

The Kabbalah teaches that a boundless force is hidden within the cosmos, waiting to be unleashed, and the motherlode is contained within our own souls. Each day, we are given new opportunities to harness this power to transform ourselves and our environment. There are no accidents, only Divine potential waiting to be realized. 

The Four Keys of Kabbalah brings the depth of Jewish mystical wisdom to bear on everyday concerns, with exercises and meditations designed to transform personal challenges into “stairs to success.” 

Shall We Have Another?

A Jewish Approach to Family Planning

Mendel Dubov

Mosaica Press, 138 pages

Few decisions in life can compare to that of having another child. Jewishly speaking, it is no secret that our tradition encourages continuity. But children require vast amounts of parental resources and strength. For a couple already blessed with one or two, having another must mean that this additional human being is . . . worth it. 

Shall We Have Another? looks at many of the legitimate considerations that come up in this conversation. Among them are financial costs, physical and emotional strain, the wellbeing of children in a large family, parental competence, fear and anxiety, and social acceptance. 

But at the heart of Dubov’s book is the question, “Why should I bring another soul down to this world?” 

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