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How to Lighten Up

How to Lighten Up

It could be so heavy at times. Schlepping around the burden of life, complicated by experiences of early childhood, further complicated by genetic make up.  It seems like there is no escape.The answer… The half shekel.The Torah tells us that we bring a half shekel,...

An Apple Leader or a Pomegranate Leader?

An Apple Leader or a Pomegranate Leader?

In our tradition, Apples represent a state of purity and holiness. Maybe that’s why an apple a day keeps the doctor away?! Pomegranates on the other hand represent the rough and tumble part of ourselves.  As our Sages teach, “even the empty ones among the Jewish...

Be Foolish!

Be Foolish!

Have you encountered those people from an earlier generation who might make a comment like “I don’t envy you raising children these days”? Bless their hearts.  They mean well but they don’t really get it. We are raising the greatest generation, ever! Yes, I’m one...

Living on Borrowed Time

Living on Borrowed Time

Are you thankful that you woke up this morning?The expression ‘living on borrowed time’, is used when a person lives past their expected lifespan. The truth is that we are all on borrowed time. G-d lends us our soul each morning and tells us to please treat the day as...

The Secret of Harmonious Relations with the In-Laws

The Secret of Harmonious Relations with the In-Laws

The opening story of this week's Torah portion gives some important wisdom in dealing with awkward in-law relationships. Yitro was a very powerful personality. He was a leader, a scholar and a mystic. When Moses became Yitro's son-in-law, he was a fugitive on the run...

Rotten Growth

Rotten Growth

Sometimes I wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  It happens on occasion that without warning, in the middle of a day, I find myself off kilter, something is not feeling right.  I can’t seem to put my finger on it.  If I dig deep, I can often put...

Land of the Free…

Land of the Free…

Adapted from the writings of Rabbi YY Jacobson based on the Maharal's teachingsWe are blessed to live in the United States where we can celebrate our Judaism. However, the Jewish people are still in exile. Jews have been celebrating Passover, their freedom, regardless...

MY REBBE, MY TEACHER, MY INSPIRATION

MY REBBE, MY TEACHER, MY INSPIRATION

Personal Reflections: Are you crazy? Why would you do that? It must be so hard? How do you do it? You Chabadniks are nuts! If I had a nickel for every time I heard one of the above statements… Let’s just say, I’d be driving a nicer vehicle. So what does motivate us?...