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Why the Tehillim Story?

Today Chai (18th of) Elul  is the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement. There are so many beautifully inspiring stories of the Baal Shem Tov (and here little Bluma interjected that she knows a bunch … Read the rest

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Starting College & the Barrel Race

One of our end of summer family rituals is to go to the local country fair. It gives the kids a chance to see animals, agriculture, etc. Perhaps the highlight was feeding the giraffe, even our littlest Esther-Miriam got to … Read the rest

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Shmaltz Island and the College Lesson

This fanciful parable has been told at many a Jewish campsite, but this is basically the version I heard from my uncle Rabbi Moshe Chanowitz (at a Jewish teen overnight) and this is the one I recently told my children … Read the rest

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