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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Hashem Is the Ultimate Shadchan (cont.)

Posted on: June 27th, 2013

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Money cannot create a bond of love or faithfulness between husband and wife.

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Hashem Is The Ultimate Shadchan

Posted on: June 20th, 2013

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When in a quandary we must always turn to our holy books and search for answers.

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Finding The Right One

Posted on: June 13th, 2013

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She is my first child to reach this stage and, frankly, I’m worried.

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Women of the Wall at the Kotel on May 10, 2013, the first day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.
 

Realizing your Potential as a Woman

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

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What is it that God expects of us and what is the mission He assigned for us?

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An Internal Tragedy

Posted on: May 29th, 2013

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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.”

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One Woman’s Journey (Part Two)

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

One Woman’s Journey (Part One)

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Independence And Dependence

Posted on: May 8th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

‘Not The Horse I Wanted’

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

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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.)

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The Power Of A Grateful Heart

Posted on: April 24th, 2013

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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.

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The Two Most Important Words

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

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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.”

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The Key To A Meaningful Life

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

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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?”

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

The Most Precious Phrase

Posted on: April 4th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Giving Up On Rebellious Children? (Part Two)

Posted on: March 25th, 2013

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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.

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Giving Up On Rebellious Children? (Part One)

Posted on: March 20th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Dealing With Rebellious Teenagers

Posted on: March 13th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Ba’al Teshuvah Parents, Resentful Son

Posted on: March 6th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

How Women Can Change The World

Posted on: February 27th, 2013

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

One Marriage, Two Worlds

Posted on: February 20th, 2013

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Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis, I was born into a secular family. Neither my father nor my mother had Jewish names and I was never given one either. In college I met the man I knew I would marry. After graduation we rented an apartment in Manhattan. I was a lawyer and found a good job. My boyfriend was a CPA. After six years we felt financially secure and got married.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Teaching Our Children Chesed And Rachamim

Posted on: February 13th, 2013

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I concluded last week’s column with some questions that, if answered honestly, will give us insight into whether we as parents reflect chesed and rachamim to our children.

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