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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 19th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

People all over the world are conveying their prayers and expressing their appreciation for my decision to share my personal trials in a public forum.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

King Solomon, who was the wisest of all men, grew up in Jerusalem, the wisest of all cities. He was the son of King David, whose wisdom and vision lives through the centuries and to this day guides us and comforts us in our daily lives through his immortal Tehillim – Psalms.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: December 5th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Readers are always asking me how I have the strength to open my heart, to tell my personal story, my struggles, my pain. My saintly father, HaRav HaGaon Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l, taught us that whenever we have difficult challenges we should share them with others, so that they will be strengthened in dealing with their own tests. My father learned this from our Torah, which relates to us all the painful struggles of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. “Ma’aseh avos siman la’banim – that which befell our forefathers is a sign for the children” – so that we too might be fortified.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: November 28th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Events have been unfolding so rapidly. First it was Hurricane Sandy, which attacked with merciless fury and left multitudes homeless, their cars and belongings swept away. Power failed, not for a day, or for a week, but in some cases for several weeks.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

As promised last week, in keeping with the dictum of our sages that “ayn doma” – there is no comparison to that which you hear and that which you see – I am sharing excerpts from a diary my daughter kept during Superstorm Sandy.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

As I write these words I am still in my new adopted home. Originally I came to my wonderful friends’ warm apartment with the intention of staying just overnight and I did not even bother packing. My children kept pressuring me – “Ima, you have to go!”

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: November 7th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

The continuation of my column on the power of prayer was ready to go – but then tragedy hit. Tragedy of a magnitude none of us could have envisioned.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: October 24th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

My column on prayer last week touched sensitive chords in many hearts. It is apparent that in our troubled times people are struggling with the entire concept of prayer. Does it really work? Is there Someone listening, or is it a waste of time?

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: October 17th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Once again I must postpone the continuation of my Oct. 5 column, “Technology, Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad,” this time due to the heavy reader response to last week’s column.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I am postponing the follow-up to my previous column – “Technology, Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad” – so that I might share with you a very personal experience.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

As we Jews know, there are no coincidences, no random happenings. As a matter of fact, in lashon hakodesh, the holy tongue, the very word “mikreh,” translated as “it happened,” actually means “kara mei Hashem” – “it happened from G-d.”

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 25th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In my most recent column I wrote about ways of improving family relationships, and raising children who have derech eretz and respect for their parents. I will continue on that same theme here.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Several weeks ago I shared a letter from a heartbroken mother whose children had shut the door in her face. Time and again she tried to open that door, but despite all her attempts she did not succeed. No matter how she humbled herself and begged, no matter how many people interceded on her behalf, it was to no avail.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

“A himmel geshrai” is a Yiddish phrase that, loosely translated, means “a tragedy of such catastrophic proportions that the heavens themselves cry out.” Sadly, every one of the letters on family breakdowns I’ve featured these past several weeks can be summed up as “a himmel geshrai.”

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Over the past several weeks I have featured tragic stories of family disintegration. Some of you might protest that “tragic” is a rather extreme word and that “sad” or “painful” would be more appropriate, but once again I emphasize tragic.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

For the past several weeks this column has featured letters from parents who have experienced rejection and hatred from their children – as well as my suggestions on how to cope with such situations. This week I would like to share a letter that adds another dimension to the breakdown of so many families in our community. In this instance it’s not the children who have rejected the parents but a parent who has rejected her child.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

The response to my columns regarding family breakdowns has been explosive.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

This week I will share some of my own thoughts on the subject.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

My previous two columns focused on the fragmentation that has affected one frum family. Many readers may consider the story described to be a rare occurrence. I wish this would be the case. To be sure, each family crisis is its own unique tragedy, but the common thread of hatred is always there.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I shared a tragic letter of family disintegration. What could have been a most beautiful mishpachah was torn asunder by one son and his wife who decided to sever all relationships with their siblings. Despite all the efforts on the part of the parents and the siblings, this son and his spouse remained refused to be reconciled. When simchas came – births, bar mitzvahs, weddings – the parents were invited but never the siblings. To add insult to injury the parents were treated disrespectfully on all of these occasions.

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