Get Inspired

Seeking Inspiration? Searching for wisdom? Hungry for some soul food? We hope the following nuggets will add a little insight and meaning to your everyday. If you have one to share – let us know (getinspired@thehousetoronto.com) and we will be happy to add it to the collection for everyone to enjoy. Take some time today to be inspired!

A Spark in the Dark

Lighting a flame is only important when its dark. There’s no need for a candle to burn bright when it’s light outside! In “light” of that, Chanukah truly does come at an extremely relevant time. Who would have ever thought that, as we prepare to light candles reminiscent of those we miraculously lit in the […]

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12 Quirky Chanukiah Displays that will Amaze You

  The internet can be a pretty dark place (does Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins provide insight on how to defeat internet trolls?). Sure, we’re holding out for December 14th’s Illumin8 to explain exactly how every one of us possesses a unique “light” that can be harnessed to combat darkness. But in the meantime, we […]

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The House’s “Relationships Greatest Hits” List

It takes a while for couples to get a rhythm they’re comfortable with — especially one that’ll make them want to loop those feel-good high notes on replay for years to come. So we asked couples in serious, long-term relationships to tell us what this “relationship soundtrack” might look like; what helps them keep the […]

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Detox Your Phone

The set-up: You’re only on your phone for like, five seconds, to check your email… until you remember that it’s rude to leave your friend’s Facebook message unread for too long. Then it’s only one motivational quote, some photo album stalking, a few US political election articles (lots of angry emoji faces!!!!!!), several cat videos […]

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TRS “Keep the Beat” Contest

THE CONTEST It takes a while for couples to perfect a rhythm they’re comfy with. But once they get it? It’s hard to resist pressing replay on those high notes — the feel-good moments that flood your mind all day long! Which makes us curious: What would the soundtrack of a successful relationship actually look […]

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The Charge of Getting High

Anyone can get high! …Okay, not that kind of “high.” I’m obviously referring to an emotional feeling of elation. You might’ve experienced it these past holidays, after extended time of self-reflection in Synagogue, or in the joy of being with family and friends. The challenge is not so much connecting to such high points; it’s […]

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A High Holiday Message in the Height of its Time

Rosh Hashanah: the beginning of a new year, new calendar. Many stores up and down Bathurst Street are eagerly handing out their new crisp (marketing) calendars — and what a wonderful tool a calendar is to have! Not only does it help us organize our lives, keep track of our appointments, schedule our theatre tickets, […]

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Se7en Reasons Why You Win Because Rosh Hashanah Isn’t New Years’ Doppleganger

  Friends of the tribe, you’ll be relieved to hear these reasons why we think Rosh Hashanah is seven times better than traditional new years.     7. No countdown (well, except for this one). Ten seconds has never felt so long…and so much like pre-school. In reality, it begins a whole minute before midnight, […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On Innovating

  The hardest part about sharing anything, really, is finding the courage to do it. That may be said largely, in part, of the boomer generation, which spends so much time worrying about image and sharing too much – things that are too personal, or that others may not like. But with the accelerating change […]

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The Questions of Passover

The Questions of Passover: It’s not about finding your answers.  It’s about finding yourself! While there are many important aspects to the Pesach Seder, one could argue that the most important part of the night is the effort we expend asking questions. We script four questions, we do strange things to evoke questions, we even […]

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