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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Rebbetzin Jungreis’s Viewpoint

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Rebbetzin's Viewpoint
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: October 5th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In the early years of Hineni, I spoke to a standing room only audience at Binyanei Haouma in Yerushalayim. As I looked out from the stage, I noticed there was a large contingent of frum people present, and on the spot I created a story to share with them.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 27th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Yom Kippur approaches and memories crowd my mind. I see my saintly father, HaRav HaGaon Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, zt"l. I see his holy countenance; I see his beautiful face, upon which the Shechinah rested. I hear his voice - a voice that penetrated the heart. Those who heard it never forgot it.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 21st, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Many moons ago, when I established Hineni, kiruv - outreach - was a foreign concept. The Orthodox world looked askance at the idea. "You're wasting your time," I was told. "Maybe they will become observant for a day, or even a few weeks, but then they will go back to their former life style."

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: September 7th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In my last column I wrote of that which we must do in response to the wake-up calls that have been knocking incessantly at our doors these past few months.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

That which transpired during these past few weeks should have shaken us all. To be sure, traumatic events have been pounding away at American Jewry for years now - as a matter of fact, from 9/11 on. But few of us have taken them to heart. Something was happening and is happening in the world, but we choose not to see or hear. It's easier to attribute everything to natural causes because then we can go on our merry way and indulge in business as usual.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 24th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I concluded my column with the story of a Jew who wanted to make changes in the world and inspire people to do teshuvah - to return to their roots, their Divine heritage.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 17th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Last week I wrote that we are now at a very critical juncture in our long history. We have entered the period of ikvesie d'Mashiach - a time of travail when the footsteps of the Messiah can be discerned. We are receiving wake-up call after wake-up call, and they come in many shapes and forms. Hashemis sounding the alarm, but we remain deaf to its implications.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 10th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

"Not again!" you may say. To which I respond, "Yes, again!" I say this as I write once again about the most heinous tragedy that could have befallen us, so even though it may not be popular - even though your reaction may be, "We heard it already" - I am nevertheless writing because I fear we have returned to business as usual.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

In my last column I wrote about Leiby Kletzky and what I experienced when I made a shiva call to his family. My plan was to continue writing about this tragedy and focus on what we must learn from it and do. In the interim, I received a letter from a non-Jewish reader and felt I should share it.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 27th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Our Jewish world has been shocked, shaken to the core. We are all speechless in face of the tragic, monstrous, inhuman act perpetrated against a sweet, precious, innocent, holy little boy lovingly called Leiby.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: July 7th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin: I am a 62-year-old Conservative Jew, recently retired from teaching and planning to relocate to Florida. My three children are all married and living in different parts of the world: a daughter in Jerusalem, one son in Toronto, another son in California. Those living in Jerusalem and Toronto have become very Orthodox, while the son living in California is totally uninterested in religion. As a matter of fact, he is married to a non-Jewish woman. As you can see, there is no happy medium in my family, but I cannot interfere in the lifestyle choices of my children.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 29th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: My mother lives with me and needs a great deal of attention, as do my four children. It seems as if everyone is pulling at me at once, and I don't know in which direction to turn first. All this stress has definitely affected my mental and physical health. I suffer from backaches and stomach trouble and lack the patience necessary to be a good wife and mother.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: I am writing you regarding a situation I have come to realize is much more common among couples than people realize. The subject is infertility. My husband and I have been married fifteen years and have had serious medical problems having children from the start of our marriage.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 15th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Some years ago, I came across a Polish-Jewish newspaper published in the early thirties. It was a time when the winds of anti-Semitism were blowing throughout Europe, with particular force in Poland. I searched through every page of the paper and was appalled to find not even a hint of the tragedy that was looming for the Jewish people.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 7th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

The world has again become a barbaric jungle. Ferocious beasts are ready to pounce on Israel. As a survivor of the Holocaust, I have for a long time now smelled the same noxious fumes that engulfed pre-Holocaust Europe, but no one wants to pay heed. It is always easier to dismiss such warnings as unfounded paranoia or products of the scarred minds of those who survived that hell on earth.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: June 1st, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Back when we established Hineni, kiruv - outreach - was practically a foreign concept. The observant community had no confidence in these "newcomers" to Torah. "They will never last," people warned me. "For a brief while," they conceded, "it may work, but they have no real commitment, and their involvement is fleeting." As for secular Jews, their attitudes ranged from hostility to outright suspicion and fear.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 25th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Some years after the Six-Day War, I was invited to address the IDF as well as various communities in Israel. In the euphoria that followed the spectacular victory of the Six-Day War, gratitude to Hashem, proclaiming His guiding hand, was blatantly missing.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 18th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

I've often written and said that we are living in remarkable but dangerous times in which we can hear (provided we know how to listen) the footsteps of the Messiah. Ours, however, is a generation that has difficulty hearing.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 11th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

Those of you who have heard me speak or who read my columns and books know that whenever I opine on a subject I try to base what I say or write on our Torah and the teachings of our sages. There are so many things taking place so rapidly in front of our eyes that before we can absorb one event, another one unfolds. This rapid succession is so overwhelming that it allows us no time to think.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
 

Posted on: May 4th, 2011

JudaismRebbetzin's Viewpoint

My father of blessed memory, HaRav HaGaon HaTzaddik Avraham HaLevi Jungreis, would tell me that when I speak or teach I should always ask myself what message the listener will take home that will infuse him with strength and help him cope throughout the year.

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