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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:00 ESTWords are empowering. Words encourage us to reach unbelievable goals. But words can also destroy. What will your words do?
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, I was in the airport with my husband, and we were “bageled.” My husband looks obviously Jewish with his long beard and flowing tzitzit. Perhaps that’s why this happens to us often. A teenager with multiple tattoos casually approached us and disarmingly wished us a “Shabbat Shalom!” Though it was a Wednesday afternoon, the teen was obviously letting us know that he, too, is a member of the tribe. Jews have a powerful urge to connect with one another. You could “bagel” someone by telling them outright that you are Jewish. But often, bageling has more subtle forms, such as inserting a Jewish phrase into a conversation to determine whether another person is Jewish. So, at the currency exchange line, an elderly man may whisper to you, “I could use more Chanukah gelt!” Or, in the supermarket, a nearby shopper picks up an item and says, “These remind me of my Bubby's matzah balls ...” What makes us f
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDaily, we learn about new hidden toxins in our food. But does our food also affect us spiritually, influencing our character and tendencies?
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, Who isn’t turned off by a hypocrite? Most of us try to keep away from people who act outwardly righteous, yet are immoral on the inside. Judaism admires the quality of being “of one mouth and one heart,” someone who feels as they act. But that doesn’t mean you should always act or say how you feel! Sure, we appreciate honesty, but don’t be ruthlessly insulting just because you’re in a lousy mood. Clearly, there are times when our insides are better left inside. Everyone around us doesn’t need to suffer from our grouchy temperament. We learn this concept in this week’s parshah from the pig. Kosher land animals must chew their cuds and have split hoofs. The Torah lists four animals that have only one kosher symbol and are therefore not kosher. The camel, hyrax and hare chew their cud but don’t have split hoofs, whereas only the pig has split hooves but does not chew its cud. And the swine, though it divides t
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTIn 1979, life changed for Iranian Jews. Amid the chaos of the Revolution, the Rebbe rescued several thousand Jewish youth. Danny Yiftach was one of those children.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTTo teach someone how to act G-dly, you must help them understand that they are G-dly.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, In Southern New Jersey this year, we were fortunate to enjoy a mild winter. But in mid-March, just as we expected the first spring blooms, forecasters predicted a blizzard that would blanket us with one, or possibly two, feet of snow. Signs along all the major highways cautioned against travel, due to the impending Nor’easter. A state of emergency was declared throughout much of the Northeastern United States, from Pennsylvania to Maine, urging people to stay put. Government offices and schools were announcing closures well ahead of time. Everyone was talking about winter storm Stella. The night before the blizzard, my husband went to the supermarket to pick up a few essentials. The store was packed with like-minded shoppers, many also purchasing batteries and flashlights for the power outings that often accompany such severe weather. Many of the shelves were picked bare. And then, the next morning, we woke to . . . nothing
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTWhen our sun shines, it can be easier to connect to G-d. But what about during the smallness of life, when we’re feeling uninspired?
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTDear Readers, While every week is special in its own right, this week feels like one of new beginnings. That’s because: The official season of spring is upon us. We greet the Jewish new month of Nissan this week. Nissan is the month of the holiday of Pesach, which is mandated to be in the spring season. And, finally, in the weekly Torah portion, we read Vayikra, which begins the third book of the Torah, Leviticus. On the first day of the month of Nissan, two weeks before the Exodus, G‑d instructed Moses to sanctify the new month. This ushered in the first Jewish month and commenced the lunar calendar that Jews have been following ever since. It was the first commandment given to the newly born nation of Israel. There is a dispute in the Talmud as to which month G‑d created the world. Rabbi Eliezer says the world was created in Tishrei, but Rabbi Yehoshua claims it was in this month of Nissan.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 ESTG-d’s home on earth is not complete without everyone’s contributions.