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Breakfast And Happiness (Part VII)

25 Nisan 5774 – April 24, 2014
People expectantly go through their lives awaiting the event that will make them happy.

Tehillim Is A Very Powerful Tool

In disbelief the doctors said it was not their doing but rather a true miracle that such a choleh could survive this illness.

A Place Called Crown Heights

I vowed that when I would grow up, I would speak Yiddish to my kinderlach and I would move to “a place called Crown Heights.”

Followership

The very act of learning in rabbinic Judaism is conceived as active debate, a kind of gladiatorial contest of the mind.

Kedoshim: How Can I Find True Love?

Rabbi Fohrman explains how the Torah provides the building blocks of true love.

To Ask Is To Grow

15 Nisan 5774 – April 14, 2014
In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.

What I Leaned From Playing Poker

Two husbands were there to instruct us in Texas hold ‘em – and we needed them.

My Father’s Photograph Of ‘Divine Providence’

11 Nisan 5774 – April 10, 2014
As his bomber lost altitude with the ground rushing up, my father remembered his last thought: “How am I going to get out of this?

Acharei Mot: The (Surprising) Point of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is called one of the days of awe. What does awe have to do with forgiveness for our sins?

Sprints And Marathons

You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.

While I Was Sleeping

4 Nisan 5774 – April 3, 2014
Even in the best of times, life is not free of calamity or crisis. But like the well-known Jewish expression goes: “It could be a lot worse.”

Metzora: Living Within the Community

while each of us is an individual, we are also part of a larger unit

Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

26 Adar II 5774 – March 28, 2014
This week's parsha deals with the strange set of laws dealing with tzara'at.

The Master Plan: Scripted To Perfection

26 Adar II 5774 – March 27, 2014
Predictably, my husband agrees and is fine with either night. But after reminding him that he steadily delivers a shiur in his shul on Tuesday nights, he chooses Wednesday, offering a topic related to the Four Sons of Haggadah fame.

Breakfast And Happiness (Part VI)

25 Adar II 5774 – March 26, 2014
If you expect more, you will be less grateful; if you expect less, you will be more grateful.

The Rationale For The Dietary Laws

19 Adar II 5774 – March 20, 2014
The ritual of kashrut may help us become more conscious of our responsibilities to live ethical lives.

Frogs Were Jumping Everywhere

I insisted that one decoration, a dancing sevivon (dreidel) man, remain hanging in recognition of the chag. Some in my family questioned the appropriateness of this decision. Was it proper to have decorations hanging in what would soon become a house of shiva?

Leading Well Begets Greatness

There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.

Right On Time

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
So this is what she got herself into: serving chicken soup and getting bits of rent on random days. She couldn’t say it wasn’t worth it, as she was earning both a chesed and a little bit of cash.

Vayikra: Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

5 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
Welcome the book of Leviticus!

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