Don’t Say Oy Vey

Don’t Say Oy Vey

A few days ago, the 4 month old baby of the Chabad representatives in St. Thomas fell into the water and passed away. Mrs. Henya Federman – the mother jumped into the water to save her baby and got stuck. She is currently in critical condition and we...
A Rabbi’s Thanksgiving

A Rabbi’s Thanksgiving

I’m sorry in advance if this email sounds self-serving or too raw.  To quote today’s youth, “it’s my truth” or “this is my process”.To quote my brother’s email:” This has been a tough week.  In one 24 hour period, I responded to the following situations; a...
Paying Full Price

Paying Full Price

When the news reached Sarah that Isaac was almost sacrificed, the shock of his near loss, coupled with the relief of his life being spared, was too much for her to hear, and she died. Abraham purchased the Machpelah Cave and the surrounding field in Hebron from...
Can You Pray That I Win the Lottery?

Can You Pray That I Win the Lottery?

The lottery has ballooned to over 1.5 billion dollars (with a B)! Many people, even those who usually do not play the lottery, are buying tickets. How do they expect to win? Hasn’t our financial well-being already been decided on the High Holidays?  Most...
Riding High

Riding High

The Torah tells us this week that the Ark was riding on the water. It actually says, the waters lifted the ark from the earth.In Chassidus, the Ark represents the relationship that we have with G-d and our purpose on this earth, the inner sanctum, the safe space.  The...
What is Hakhel?

What is Hakhel?

The Current Jewish Year, 5783 (2022-2023) is a Hakhel year. In connection with that, I present you with a video and article all about what this means. Throughout the coming year, our public gatherings will go under the title of Hakhel (gathering of Jews together). See...
Becoming the Torah’s Feet

Becoming the Torah’s Feet

This coming Monday evening is the holiday of Simchas Torah. We celebrate the completion of reading the entire Torah (5 books of Moses). On this holiday we celebrate by dancing with the closed Torah Scrolls. In connection with that, I bring you an interesting idea...
The Incredible Story of the Town of Mackay

The Incredible Story of the Town of Mackay

Mackay, Idaho, was a copper and silver mining town. “There were over 1,200 people living on this mountain,” Mayor Wayne Olsen said to CBS News in a recent interview. “Now it’s just the squirrels.” Over the years, the town’s population dwindled,...
URGENT OR IMPORTANT

URGENT OR IMPORTANT

(a de-stressing pre-holiday thought) The lead up to the High Holidays is a stressful time for all. Rabbi’s are busy putting their sermons together, cantors are tuning up their voices. Jewish homes are preparing brisket or other delicious delights, families are getting...
Jewish Confession – I Matter

Jewish Confession – I Matter

I matter. I acknowledge and am aware of the beauty of my soul, the depth of my character, the holiness of my existence, and the potential that exists within me. Because of this, I am pained by those parts of my life that I feel aren’t the real me. I feel ashamed...