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Little Things That Can Make A Big Difference

8 Tevet 5771 – December 15, 2010
We live in a very chaotic world. If we stop to consider what is happening around us - all the things that are out of our control - it can be frustrating and frightening, so most of us try to bypass these situations by pretending we do not see them.

Two Mothers Celebrate

13 Tishri 5771 – September 21, 2010
For many years now our Hineni organization has been privileged to hold High Holy Day services in Manhattan. We rent one of the hotels in the heart of the city and transform the ballroom into a magnificent shul. Our davening is always exhilarating. The sanctity of the day totally envelops us. The prayers just soar and everyone is spiritually elevated.

Respecting A Parallel Reality

8 Elul 5770 – August 18, 2010
It goes without saying that the process of getting set up on marriage-oriented dates, going out several times and eventually making the decision that "this is the one" is emotionally and even physically taxing. However, as hard as getting to the chuppah may be - being happily and successfully married is even more difficult and challenging. Two diverse individuals with distinctive mindsets, shaped by their unique experiences from the minute they were born, must suddenly mesh their way of looking at things and their way of reacting to them.

A Nation’s Loss

3 Av 5770 – July 14, 2010
While Shylock, in Shakespeare's play, might have used the plural as a rhetorical device, his words speak to a greater truth about community and nation. When we look at a country and wonder why it behaves in the way it does - with charity, belligerence, etc. - we are seeing an entity functioning as an individual might, often driven by the same emotions, ethics and sense of justice.

The Eighth Commandment

5 Sivan 5770 – May 18, 2010
Lo Signov - You Shall Not Steal. On the surface, it sounds quite uncomplicated. (Aren't even young children taught not to help themselves to something - anything - that is not theirs?) If we are honest with ourselves, however, we'd have to agree the myriad ways this commandment is breached render it less straightforward than the two simple words might at first glance imply.

A Downpour Of Blessings

14 Nisan 5770 – March 29, 2010
There are many things in our lives for which we pray to Hashem. These include health, shalom bayit, nachat from our children, and parnassah. In Israel, we have been praying for rain for a while. Israel has been suffering from a dearth of rainfall for a number of years. The waterline in the Kinneret is visibly dropping, and the government has been scrambling for ways to conserve our dwindling water supply.

Purim And Yom Kippur: An Odd Couple?

10 Adar 5770 – February 24, 2010
On their face, there could not be two more unlikely holidays to wed than Yom Kippur and Purim. Even the youngest child knows that Purim is a holiday meant for fun and celebration, for costumes and parties. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, is the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar, calling on us engage in deep, somber introspection as we search for forgiveness and atonement. How different they are!

The Lament Of The Unborn Children

17 Shevat 5769 – February 11, 2009
I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

Part 1 – The Secret To A Happy Marriage

24 Heshvan 5769 – November 21, 2008
Are you looking for emotional first aid for your marriage? If you are, you’re not alone. Today engaged couples, newlyweds and couples who have been married for years, are feeling insecure about their relationships and looking for advice on how to make their marriages work better or simply to heal their relationship wounds.

Broken Glass

2 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
It happens at every chuppah. After the bride's encircling of the groom seven times, after the recital of the special blessings, after the ring has been placed on her finger, there are a few seconds of collective silence in anticipation.

Life Cycles And Disabilities And The Long Distance Simcha

2 Adar 5766 – March 1, 2006
Simchas are wonderful! They bring us joy and nurture our feelings that life is good.

The Readers Respond: Lack Of Consideration

13 Tammuz 5761 – July 4, 2001
Special Note: In last week's column I wrote about the very painful situation in Israel, but as the tragedy keeps escalating, I once again feel impelled to share some thoughts.

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