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A Far Reaching Whisper

26 Tishri 5770 – October 14, 2009
My talk was called "Divine Whispers." I would be sharing an array of stories, weaving them together to create a message of how even in the "ordinary" events of our lives, we can find a "divine whisper"-a lesson specially scripted for us. The talk was the highlight of a lovely afternoon and evening program arranged by Chabad emissary Chana Alta Mangel in Blue Ash, Ohio. The food, decor, workshops and program, like Chana Alta herself, were fabulous, offering a perfect balance of beautiful physical and spiritual nourishment.

When You Mess Up

4 Sivan 5769 – May 27, 2009
Ever wonder what might have happened had the first Adam reacted differently? I don't mean if Adam hadn't have eaten the forbidden fruit. I believe that somehow, on some level, that was a necessary component to our being human. We're not meant to be perfect angels, or mechanical robots, always following directions explicitly, and always doing the right thing. Temptation and failings, challenges and adventure are meant to be a part of our human journey.

When You Mess Up

Ever wonder what might have happened had the first Adam reacted differently? I don't mean if Adam hadn't have eaten the forbidden fruit. I believe that somehow, on some level, that was a necessary component to our being human. We're not meant to be perfect angels, or mechanical robots, always following directions explicitly, and always doing the right thing. Temptation and failings, challenges and adventure are meant to be a part of our human journey.

Does G-d Like Playing Games with Us?

28 Nisan 5769 – April 22, 2009
She rolls the dice. Her face is serious, concentrating on the outcome.

Does G-d Like Playing Games with Us?

She rolls the dice. Her face is serious, concentrating on the outcome.

Can You Teach Self-Worth?

13 Nisan 5769 – April 7, 2009
She doesn't just walk; she practically glides along, with a light-hearted bounce. Her laughter is infectious, her giggle ever-present, even during the dull periods of the day. Every moment is an opportunity, a learning experience. Her world is a wonder to discover and she feels proud of even her smallest achievements.

The Little Flame

20 Kislev 5769 – December 17, 2008
Once upon a time, there was a little flame that glowed brightly. Wherever this little flame went, it brought light and luminosity.

The Little Flame

Once upon a time, there was a little flame that glowed brightly. Wherever this little flame went, it brought light and luminosity.

Life’s Detours

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
A few years ago, we were headed back home from a family vacation in the Laurentian Mountains.

Life’s Detours

A few years ago, we were headed back home from a family vacation in the Laurentian Mountains.

Get Me Out of Here!

21 Heshvan 5769 – November 19, 2008
The black fly was steadily crawling up and down my kitchen window screen. It was desperately − but methodically − seeking an escape, to get beyond the imprisoning panel of the screen, into the wide, open world.

Get Me Out of Here!

The black fly was steadily crawling up and down my kitchen window screen. It was desperately − but methodically − seeking an escape, to get beyond the imprisoning panel of the screen, into the wide, open world.

The Hardest Three Words to Say

30 Tishri 5769 – October 29, 2008
You and your spouse are driving along the highway. You begin to strongly suspect that you have missed your exit.

The Hardest Three Words to Say

You and your spouse are driving along the highway. You begin to strongly suspect that you have missed your exit.

Do You Know Where Your Teenager Is? An Ode to All...

24 Elul 5768 – September 24, 2008
Dedicated to my three teenagers

Spiritual Security Blankets

20 Tammuz 5768 – July 23, 2008
This past week my youngest child turned four.

Religion Is Not A Quick Fix

25 Nisan 5768 – April 30, 2008
Not only was I raised in a "religious" home, but with my father serving for the last 50 years as the rabbi of our − at first fledging, and now, vibrant − Toronto community, I was given the endearing designation of being "the rabbi's daughter."

Getting Past The Whatever Attitude

7 Adar I 5768 – February 13, 2008
A parent turns to her teenaged son and asks, "What's bothering you?" "Whatever," answers the kid with a disconsolate shrug.

Did She Cry Because Of You?

28 Tishri 5768 – October 10, 2007
One of my favorite teachings from the Talmud is a marriage-related lesson.

Allergies!

24 Av 5767 – August 8, 2007
My day begins as a perfectly sunny, breezy, late summer morning. But then we meet.

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