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A Simple New Year Wish

I was certain that I posted this story a few years ago, but it won’t come up in a search. It is certainly worthy and valuable to share again.

A few years ago, we were driving to or from NYC … Read the rest

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Prayer is like War

The Zohar says: שעת צלותא שעת קרבא  – the time of Prayer is a time of war. This is oft-quoted in Chabad Chassidus.

Texts aside, why would YOU consider prayer to be a time of war?  

We asked … Read the rest

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A Positive Hurricane

Hurricanes aren’t good things, as they can cause tremendous damage to life and property. As Houston still reels from the effects of Hurricane Harvery, and Hurricane Irma continues its path of destruction in the Carribean towards Florida, we hope and pray … Read the rest

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Flooding & Finders Keepers

This week’s Torah portion of Ki Teitzei speaks about the laws of returning lost objects. The devastating flooding in Houston and eastern Texas due to the heavy rains of Hurricane Harvey made me think of the piece of Talmud that … Read the rest

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Going Out: #HoustonFlood #HoustonStrong

“Are you going out tonight?”

This is no endorsement, and not all versions of this are created equal, and it’s not for everyone or all ages or temperaments – but most college students know what “going out” means, so there … Read the rest

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Bassie’s Bas-Mitzvah Speech

Bassie’s Bas-Mitzvah Speech was an introduction to her “Book of Books” click for post and link of that booklet.

Thank you for coming to celebrate my Bas-Mitzvah.

We are a family of mostly girls and for our Bas-Mitzvah projects we Read the rest

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Bassie’s Book of Books

Bassie is an avid reader, our bookworm. In preparation for her Bas-Mitzvah, and as her Bas-Mitzvah learning project, we discussed and studied and then prepared with Bassie this “Book of Books” exploring some of the Jewish books of our home/Shabbos … Read the rest

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Two Chassidic Book Stories from Russia

by Rabbi Shlomo Galperin

In honor of my granddaughter Bassie’s Bas-Mitzvah theme focusing on books and her “Book of Books” project, I’d like to share two stories about Chassidim and books from the period after the Russian revolution, during that … Read the rest

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Two Roles of Witnesses

First a little Talmud on the role of witnesses:

In a commentary on the Talmud, the Rebbe speaks of two types of witnesses: Adei Kiyum (establishment witnesses) and Adei Birur (verification witnesses). Basically, Halachic witnesses play two roles: (1) For … Read the rest

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Four Shoftim Messages for Start of College

The start of the new year at college always falls around one of these Devarim (Deuteronomy) Torah portions, this year in Parshat Shoftim. We ought to always look to Torah for guidance in our daily lives, especially as the Alter … Read the rest

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