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Aryeh Ben David
Aryeh Ben David was born in the U.S. and moved to Israel in 1978. Aryeh received Rabbinical Ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate and taught at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem from 1987-2007, serving as the Director of Spiritual Education, and served as the Rabbinical Educational Consultant for Hillel International from 2004-2007. He is the author of "The Godfile: 10 Approaches to Personalizing Prayer" and "Around the Shabbat Table: A Guide to Fulfilling and Meaningful Shabbat Table Conversations." After teaching for many years, Aryeh sought to develop a system of education that would enable students to bring their learning from their minds –- to their hearts and souls –- and into their lives.

As a result of this search, Aryeh founded Ayeka: Center for Soulful Jewish Education in 2007. Ayeka is a path-blazing educational approach whose online training program enables rabbis and educators to foster personal and spiritual growth for Jews of all ages and backgrounds. Educators in 10 cities have already been trained in the Ayeka approach and have applied its curriculum in their synagogues and schools.

Aryeh served in the artillery corps of the Israeli army, and lives with his wife Sandra and their six children in Efrat, Israel.

Entries by Aryeh Ben David

Wired for Hope

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:28 PM

There really is no basis for hope. The data is irrefutable. Thousands of years have shown that we are neither better nor happier nor more holy. Kindness has not grown. Appreciation has not deepened. As we have grown older, we have witnessed more sadness, more broken dreams, recurring wars, poverty,...

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I Wish Someone Had Told Me I Talked Too Much: Missteps on the Path of Spiritual Growth

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM

I wish someone had told me that I talked too much. It would have saved my students a lot of empty time.

I am a teacher. I fancy calling myself an educator. But in all of my teacher (and rabbinical) training, no one ever told me that the real...

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Parenting: Missteps on the Path of Spiritual Growth

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:30 PM

I wish someone had told me that it is OK for a father to say "I'm sorry" to his children.

Especially before I lost my temper with my 14-year-old son.

I very rarely get angry. But for some unknown reason to me, I just lost it on a Friday...

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Missteps on the Path of Spiritual Growth: What I Wish People Had Told Me

(25) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:30 PM

At the beginning of my spiritual journey I wish someone had told me that it is not about the words, that God is beyond the words, that in fact, we have no idea what we are praying to. That's beyond the scope of a human being. If someone had told...

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