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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

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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

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“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

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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.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis, This is the most painful letter I’ve ever written. I’ve been through many horrific experiences. My parents were survivors of the Holocaust; they were shattered people. I know you will understand this since you too are a Holocaust survivor.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 11th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I receive letters and e-mails every day from all parts of the world. Sadly, there is no shortage of problems. Pain and suffering abound. How to navigate the turbulent waters of the world we live in is a challenge for everyone.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I published a letter from a thirty-eight year old single woman who lamented that despite her having become a ba’alas teshuvah, forsaking her secular life, committing to Torah and mitzvos, going to rabbis, receiving berachot – in short, doing all the “right” things – she has failed to find her bashert, her soul mate. She wondered where G-d was and what all her sacrifices were all about. She was angry at G-d and regarded all her efforts as having been for naught. “My joy in Judaism has disappeared,” she wrote. The following is my response.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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Raised in a secular family, she followed the usual pattern of the last couple of generations, placing marriage on the back burner in favor of relationships.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 20th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I had watched my biological clock ticking away and now I wished I could live my life over again, establish a Torah home and create a family. I decided to write to you, Rebbetzin Jungreis in the hope that you’ll publish this so that others can learn from my experience and leave behind empty relationships, go under the chuppah, and live purposeful lives.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 13th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I’d like to share with you a story I believe is a wonderful gift we can present to Hashem now that the painful summer months of Tammuz and Av – months that saw the destruction of our holy Temple – are nearly upon us.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

During the past several weeks I have shared many of my own personal experiences and those of others. I am referring not only to my recent hospitalization following the breaking of a hip, but also to my series of articles on hashgachah pratis – events that befall us that can easily be attributed to random happenings but upon closer scrutiny and honest introspection testify to the ever-guiding Hand and mercy of Hashem.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 1st, 2012

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I mentioned that I’d received numerous reader responses to my series of columns detailing my experiences in a San Diego hospital following surgery for a broken hip. I shared one such note with you last week. Here is another.

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