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More 2019 Football Inspiration at Shabbos Lunch

Pro football isn’t just a sport, they are in it to win. We, too, should try to triumph! – AJ T. 

Football is about having goals and reaching them. What are your goals? What are you doing to get there? … Read the rest

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SuperBowl LIII (53) Jewish Inspiration

For our Hakhel Halftime project, we like to come up with meaningful Jewish Superbowl/Football connections and insights that people can share at their Superbowl parties. 

We already have a bunch of ideas and insights from past years, see this Read the rest

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5 Halachot of Sports Fans

OK, we’re using “halachot” (Jewish laws) in jest, but think of these Sports Fan “halachot” as a meaningful parable for Jewish involvement:

1) Knowledge

Good fans know their teams. They are aware of their playing schedules, know their rosters, have … Read the rest

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Be Like Onion.

Be Like Onion!

This is a Chassidic story and expression from our daughter’s Sara’s Bas-Mitzvah art project & booklet:

The Mitteler Rebbe encouraged his Chassidim to make a special effort to stop in villages and towns along their journeys to … Read the rest

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These Days a Chassid is a Baal Teshuvah

“…These Days a Chassid is a Baal Teshuvah…”

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

This memory of my uncle goes back to my school days in Tashkent, Russia in the 1960’s. It’s about a conversation we had before dinner one school night Read the rest

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The Modern Day Maccabee Battle Within

The third night of Chanukah (2018) BeLev Echad IDF wounded veterans soldiers talk at our Modern-Day Maccabee event was more meaningful & personal than I expected. 

A key issue they shared was how their mental & emotional rehabilitation was harder … Read the rest

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The Beauty about Jewish Beauty

One of the big cultural differences between the Greeks and the Jews in the background of the Chanukah story was how to view physical beauty. The Greeks were very much into it, it was a noble thing for them, they … Read the rest

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Number of Candles in the Box

Chanukah candles have that classic look: colored, twisted. The old traditional blue boxes used to have a prominent number 44 on the box, because that’s the exact number of candles needed for one Menorah throughout Chanukah. More on that later, … Read the rest

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The Pittsburgh Kaddish Headline

This image of these four Hebrew words (which begin the Kaddish, the mourners prayer) spread across the whole front page top of the Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh’s largest newspaper, is chilling and comforting, saddening and uplifting at the same time.  

Tonight at … Read the rest

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I Want My Hat Back – by Jan Klassen

We picked up this “I want my hat back” book at the library the other day. It’s by Jan Klassen who wrote and illustrated several picture books about animals and a hat. This book (surprisingly!) won major book awards and … Read the rest

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