To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Posted on: August 29th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Those who cannot find meaning in their countries of exile find it in this ancient city.
Posted on: August 22nd, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
The story was about a mother who lost her husband and eleven of her children in Auschwitz.
Posted on: August 15th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Assign each of your children his or her inheritance so that there is less chance for any controversy when you and your husband have passed on.
Posted on: August 7th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Rebbetzin, I have seen families where cousins, aunts and uncles are not even invited to one another’s weddings.
Posted on: July 31st, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Let us understand once and for all that G-d is not a puppeteer and we are not puppets.
Posted on: July 25th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
It is wise not to react to everything you see or hear.
Posted on: July 18th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Examine your life and recite Psalm 100 – the Psalm of Thanksgiving. Yes, you have many things to be grateful for and rejoice in.
Posted on: July 11th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
I may be 80 but my memory is as good as it was when I 40.
Posted on: July 4th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Hashem has His own timetable and He allowed me to make my journey.
Posted on: June 27th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Money cannot create a bond of love or faithfulness between husband and wife.
Posted on: June 20th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
When in a quandary we must always turn to our holy books and search for answers.
Posted on: June 13th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
She is my first child to reach this stage and, frankly, I’m worried.
Posted on: June 6th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
What is it that God expects of us and what is the mission He assigned for us?
Posted on: May 29th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.”
Posted on: May 22nd, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.
Posted on: May 14th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.
Posted on: May 8th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.
Posted on: May 1st, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.)
Posted on: April 24th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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.
Posted on: April 17th, 2013Judaism → Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
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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