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My Rebbe , Our Rebbe

My Rebbe , Our Rebbe

This coming Shabbat, July 2, marks twenty eight years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.I thought you may appreciate the following video. The Rebbe cared for all, even those who had special...

Shine a Little Light!

Shine a Little Light!

When you wake up and start your day, do you shine? Do you give light and warmth to others? What about when the evening comes about, do you still allow that shine to give light?We all have those days when we really do not want to shine. We have "cloudy" days. Real...

Bipnimiyus- With Inwardness

Bipnimiyus- With Inwardness

On Shavous, the holiday in which we received the Torah, this Sunday and Monday, we wish each other a Chag Sameach or Gut Yom Tov. The Lubavitcher Rebbe would add a special greeting: “Kabbalas HaTorah B’Simcha U’B’Pnimiyus”, may you receive the Torah with joy and in...

Being Vulnerable Is Being Strong

Being Vulnerable Is Being Strong

At a 12 Step Recovery meeting I attended a while back one of the people shared the following quote that resonated with me. “Being vulnerable is being strong.” Often in life we are afraid to simply ask for help or guidance thinking that it makes us weak or...

Maimonides, Sabbaticals & Bonfires

Maimonides, Sabbaticals & Bonfires

1) This past Wednesday was an exciting day for many around the world.  It is the day of celebrating the conclusion of the 41st cycle of the study of Maimonides Magnum Opus – Sefer Hayad, and the beginning of the 42nd cycle.  Since I was a young Yeshiva...

Holy is Not Whole

Holy is Not Whole

What does it mean to live holy? Do I even want to live holy? Why would I want to live holy? These may be questions you’ve pondered from time to time. Yes, although I was born into an observant home and I am a Rabbi, I still, from time to time, ponder this question....

Get Breath Present

Get Breath Present

I’m trying to slow the engine down. Maybe it’s a midlife thing, maybe not. Regardless, along this journey I’ve discovered something interesting that I feel is connected to this week’s Parsha. The mind (or the ego) is constantly working, it never stops thinking. We...

Dealing with the Problem

Dealing with the Problem

Our tradition tells us that in each generation and every day we are obligated to see ourselves as if we left Egypt.  So, just because Pesach is over, the tradition goes on! Here is an insight from Pesach that I believe is relevant each and every day. One of the...

LESS NEGATIVITY = A LOT OF LIGHT!

LESS NEGATIVITY = A LOT OF LIGHT!

I got lost last week driving my son to his baseball game and ended up at Morgan Falls water fall. Morgan Falls is part of a hydroelectric plant. I noticed that on this Sunday there were two channels open, releasing water with a powerful force. Often times I think of...

When Kindness and Truth Kissed

When Kindness and Truth Kissed

Empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”. Moses is truth. Aaron is kindness. Kindness and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed.Although Aaron and Moses are brothers, and of two different natures, they exemplify...