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‘Not of this Generation’

5 Av 5773 – July 11, 2013
I may be 80 but my memory is as good as it was when I 40.

Thoughts On My Visit To South Africa

27 Tammuz 5773 – July 4, 2013
Hashem has His own timetable and He allowed me to make my journey.

Hashem Is the Ultimate Shadchan (cont.)

19 Tammuz 5773 – June 27, 2013
Money cannot create a bond of love or faithfulness between husband and wife.

Hashem Is The Ultimate Shadchan

12 Tammuz 5773 – June 20, 2013
When in a quandary we must always turn to our holy books and search for answers.

Finding The Right One

6 Tammuz 5773 – June 13, 2013
She is my first child to reach this stage and, frankly, I’m worried.

Realizing your Potential as a Woman

28 Sivan 5773 – June 6, 2013
What is it that God expects of us and what is the mission He assigned for us?

An Internal Tragedy

21 Sivan 5773 – May 29, 2013
There is a story about a man full of worry who goes to his Rebbe to seek his advice. “Rebbe,” he cries, “I have parnassah problems. Yankel opened the same store as mine just down the block and his business is thriving while mine is going down.”

One Woman’s Journey (Part Two)

14 Sivan 5773 – May 22, 2013
Last week I shared a letter from a newly observant Jewish woman. She and her husband reside in a small suburban community outside of Los Angeles. Last year they came to consult with me on a personal religious issue. While they were both ba’alei teshuvah, there was one fine difference between them. He had become a ba’al teshuvah earlier than she and was therefore somewhat more settled in an observant lifestyle.

One Woman’s Journey (Part One)

6 Sivan 5773 – May 14, 2013
Over the years I’ve received letters from all over the world in which people share feelings and thoughts they’ve experienced upon becoming became Torah observant. Usually these letters arrive not long after the writers had heard one of my speeches. No matter where a particular speech took place, and no matter whether I spoke the language or had to use a translator, the magic always works. In reality, it’s not magic at all but a little voice in the soul – the “Pintele Yid,” that spark of G-d’s Word engraved on all our neshamahs. Here is one recent letter.

Independence And Dependence

29 Iyyar 5773 – May 8, 2013
Last week I wrote about the many disappointments in life. So often we dream of something, wish for something, pray for something – only to discover that when it happens, it is not quite the way we envisioned it. I illustrated this concept through a Hungarian story I recalled from my childhood about a little boy who more than anything else wanted a rocking horse, a coveted toy in Hungary.

‘Not The Horse I Wanted’

22 Iyyar 5773 – May 1, 2013
There is a Hungarian tale I’ve always found meaningful and yet sad. It is about a little boy who always wanted his own rocking horse. (In Hungry a rocking horse was a toy that belonged to only the privileged few.)

The Power Of A Grateful Heart

15 Iyyar 5773 – April 24, 2013
For several weeks now we’ve been discussing lack of gratitude – one of the most destructive forces in our society. When people think everything is coming to them, they become selfish, angry individuals. They do not know how to reciprocate. They do not know how to be grateful and, worse still, they become bitter and destructive elements in society. They make miserable sons, daughters and marriage partners. They have no regard for parents, grandparents, Torah teachers and the elderly.

The Two Most Important Words

8 Iyyar 5773 – April 17, 2013
As I’ve noted in recent weeks, appreciation is a lost concept in our society. Even when we are blessed by the many kindnesses of G-d, we tend to take them for granted and delude ourselves into thinking we are responsible for them all. In vain did our Torah warn us not to fall into the trap of “my strength and the power of my own hand accomplished this.”

The Key To A Meaningful Life

1 Iyyar 5773 – April 10, 2013
My saintly father, HaRav HaGoan HaTzaddik Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l, taught me that before I address an audience I should ask myself, “What will the people take home from my message? What am I giving? Will it enhance their lives? Will it bring the individual closer to Hashem? Will it be a life-altering experience?”

The Most Precious Phrase

25 Nisan 5773 – April 4, 2013
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, a”h, were killed in a horrific automobile accident. Their unborn baby survived for a short time but then joined his parents in olam haba. The tragedy shocked us all.

Giving Up On Rebellious Children? (Part Two)

15 Nisan 5773 – March 25, 2013
Last week I published excerpts from a letter written by a suffering mother whose rebellious son had not only turned his back on his family but had also rejected his Jewish faith. This woman’s husband had given up on the young man but she was determined to keep the door open in the hope he would yet come back.

Giving Up On Rebellious Children? (Part One)

10 Nisan 5773 – March 20, 2013
Based on the response to my recent columns, it seems the problem of parents struggling with rebellious children may be more prevalent than even the pessimists among us had assumed. As we approach Pesach, the great yom tov during which we confront the Haggadah’s four sons –one wise, one wicked, one simple and one who does not know how to ask – we need to remember that these sons are in our midst in every generation and that we invite all four to join us at the Seder.

Dealing With Rebellious Teenagers

3 Nisan 5773 – March 13, 2013
Last week I shared a letter from a troubled mother. Her story is typical of many ba’al teshuvah families who discover the Torah way of life in their middle years only to encounter resentment on the part of their adolescent children. Very often these teenagers become angry at the new restrictions in their home.

Ba’al Teshuvah Parents, Resentful Son

25 Adar 5773 – March 6, 2013
Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis, The letter you shared last week from a troubled wife who became a ba’alas teshuvah, a returnee to religious observance, hit a sensitive spot in my heart. My husband and I have also been struggling with this problem – albeit from a different perspective.

How Women Can Change The World

18 Adar 5773 – February 27, 2013
Last week I shared a letter from a troubled and confused young woman. She had become a ba’alas teshuvah after marriage. Her husband, however, has not changed his secular ways and thinking. The following is my response.

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