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who WE ARE

Q: What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? A: I don't know and I don't care - source unknownAnimals can be broken down into three groups: those that benefit mankind, those that harm mankind and those that seem irrelevant to mankind.The dog is man’s best...

Pay the Piper

Pay the Piper

I know you’ve always wanted to know where this phrase came from. Well, thank you Reb Shmoogle. ” The phrase comes from the fable of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. According to the myth, a piper was hired to clear out the rats from the village of Hamelin. After he did so...

Knowing Your Place

Knowing Your Place

Would you hire a plumber to do your taxes? A lawyer to fix your leak? Of course not!  it is not an attack on either profession, it is simply a practical response to your need and how to best have the matter resolved. In life, you need plumbers and lawyers and...

Looking Deeper than the Surface

Looking Deeper than the Surface

In Parsha Vayigash, Joseph, the viceroy of Egypt, reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery twenty-two years earlier. Joseph understood that even though his brothers had acted badly, they were not the ultimate ones who brought him to Egypt. He knew...

What’s with All the Oil?

What’s with All the Oil?

Granted the oil is a big deal in the Chanukah story, but do we really need all the extra calories?! And there is more to the story than oil. In fact the word Chanukah is a combination of two Hebrew words, Chanu – Ch which means they rested (chanu) on the 25th Chaf...

The Ups and Downs of Chanukah

The Ups and Downs of Chanukah

Although you may see Menorah’s in Public places and in front windows, the actual instruction of our Sages is that the Mezuzah is placed on the right and the Menorah on the left so that we are surrounded by Mitzvos. According to Kaballah there is something else at play...

A Woman’s Persuasion

A Woman’s Persuasion

"And [Jacob] arose during that night, and he took his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children, and he crossed the ford of the Jabbok [stream]." — Genesis 32:23 "But where was [Jacob's daughter] Dinah? [Jacob] put her into a chest and locked her in, so...

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 pray...

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 young...

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...