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The Ups And Downs Of Summer

27 Tammuz 5774 – July 24, 2014
It was found to be a giant deer tick living in her head – with its claws in her scalp.

The Test And The Reward

While daydreaming about finding the perfect job, I never expected to be rewarded in spades for my aforementioned experience.

Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

20 Tammuz 5774 – July 17, 2014
Over the next 2 weeks covering portion Matot and Maasei, Rabbi Fohrman will bring order to confusion.

The Beauty Of Green

Our home is in the center of the Holy Land, surrounded by (what else?) green hills and valleys.

Prescriptions For Conflict Resolution

The negotiation between Moses and the tribes of Reuven and Gad is a model of conflict resolution.

Parshat Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?

13 Tammuz 5774 – July 11, 2014
The midrash says that Pinchas, (this parsha), and Eliyahu, prophet of Kings, are one and the same.

Returning The Kindness

13 Tammuz 5774 – July 10, 2014
The simple act of kindness should be the reward itself. Anything more in the form of a reward is gravy.

The ‘Chance’ Encounter

6 Tammuz 5774 – July 3, 2014
Herman was speechless, yet the look in his eyes said it all. Indeed, his gratitude knew no bounds.

A Journey Worth Taking

29 Sivan 5774 – June 26, 2014
A few seats away, I noticed a man with a Mishnah in hand, talking intently into a cell phone. I soon realized the man was participating in a Daf Yomi shiur, utilizing his traveling time well.

Chukat: Was Hitting the Rock So Horrible?

What was the small act of Moshe talking to the rock meant to teach the people of Israel?

Korach: Can We Influence God?

22 Sivan 5774 – June 19, 2014
Is it possible for us to influence God?

The Lost Mezuzah

It’s written, it says, with all the segulos for shalom bayis and you gave it as a gift to a chassan and kallah.

A Humbling Lesson (Part I)

Thinking about how much we can do in comparison to what we have done serves as a corrective against pride and arrogance.

Shelach: Is Hope Irrational?

15 Sivan 5774 – June 13, 2014
Are pessimists just rationalists, and is hope just naiveté?

A Tale Of Two Pigeons

15 Sivan 5774 – June 12, 2014
As I listed the litany of tragedies, as I perceived them, my mother responded by saying: “Who’s had a terrible life? I’ve had a wonderful life. I had your father for 40 years until he was taken from us. I had you and your brother. I lived to see grandchildren.”

Parsha Behaalotchea: A Guide For…Parenting? Part II

8 Sivan 5774 – June 5, 2014
Rabbi Fohrman delves deeper into the Priestly Blessing and its relevant lessons

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

6 Sivan 5774 – June 3, 2014
Our son-in-law e-mailed tickets for us to print out and bring along to allow us admittance. Simple enough.

Parshat Naso: A Guide For…Parenting?

1 Sivan 5774 – May 29, 2014
Is parsha Naso teaching us how we should treat our children?

The Siddur

“Daddy,” I exclaimed, “Is this how you daven?” Daddy’s response was a hearty laugh. I felt so proud of myself.

Breakfast And Happiness (Conclusion)

23 Iyyar 5774 – May 22, 2014
Separating fun from happiness can liberate, regarding (a) time, (b) money and (c) jealousy.

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