Author Archives: Torah Buzz

Faith and Trust: I Can’t Have One Without the Other by Peter Blair

Sep 07

Each year, Elul seems to bring challenges and decisions that have tremendous impact on my life. The practice of searching my spirit and soul for inspiration is a serious one for me and I am more introspective than usual in this month. Trust and faith have been an integral part of my past year and […]

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust by Nora Yesowitch

Sep 05

For me, faith and trust go together because if you meet a person and you get to know them and start to want to be friends with them, then you start to gain trust in them as you learn more about each other. And if they’re a good friend, they won’t share your secrets or […]

Exploring the Animating Spirit of Life by David Weinrib

Sep 05

At 13 years old, I did not have a Bar Mitzvah. I did, however, have lots of questions. Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, I attended “Sunday School” in a classical Reform Jewish congregation but had no Jewish classmates in my public school classes. It was not uncommon for evangelical Christian friends to tell me that Jews (and other non-Protestants) were going to hell if we did not accept […]

From Fear to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) by Jaden Auslander

Sep 04

Hello. My name is Jaden Auslander and I have juvenile arthritis, or JA. My JA affects every joint and most of the muscles in my body. Living with chronic pain can be pretty scary sometimes, and this fear used to hold me back. When I was 9 years old, all of my friends were talking […]

FEAR: Face Everything And Rise by Megan Harkavy

Sep 03

I recently read a quote: “F.E.A.R has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.” I used to follow the “Forget Everything And Run” and realize now that fear stopped me from enjoying possible new experiences. The first time I can recall allowing fear to stop me was when I wanted to […]

Living Life with Courage by Randi Eccleston

Sep 02

My life was amazing and perfect until March of 2009, when my youngest child (I am the mom of two girls) ate walnuts and went into anaphylaxis. There is nothing worse than seeing your child sick or hurt. I felt helpless, and deeply scared. In the blink of an eye, life changed. Having a food […]

Faith, Trust, and the Best Laid Plans by Alba-Justina (A-J) Secrist

Aug 31

The notion that “I am the master of my fate” was drilled into me throughout my childhood. This very American belief that if I conceive of a goal, my hard work and determination will see me to realizing it, shaped my behavior for most of my life. This conviction has brought me professional success and […]

The Lessons We Can Learn from Fear and Courage by Sage Kanofsky

Aug 29

Fear and courage can sound like giant topics. Fear includes anxiety, stress, and phobias. Courage involves moral, mental, and physical components. Fear and courage go hand in hand. Courage is what you choose to do with fear. However, I see an important difference as well: fear is unavoidable, but you can choose to show courage. […]

Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First by Susan Cherin Gundersheim

Aug 28

Growing up as an only child with a single mother, I felt a lot of responsibility for people’s happiness at an early age.  My mom gave me unconditional love and wisdom as she raised me, but I was the only constant person she could lean on, even as a young child.  Surrounded by dysfunctional adults, I became the “solution” to everyone’s problems – the entertainment, the […]