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Am I The ‘Funniest Person in the World’?

21 Kislev 5777 – December 21, 2016
I decided to take my audience to somewhere they’d never been before, to my world, the world of authentic Judaism and love of Israel. That’s why I performed with my Yarmulke and not a hat

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity

16 Kislev 5777 – December 16, 2016
How do we reconcile Jacob's behavior, tricking his brother and lying to his father, with our vision of Yaakov as an ish emet, a man of truth?

At Least One Jewish Person Hurt in French Truck Attack

9 Tammuz 5776 – July 15, 2016
Counselors at Chabad’s Gan Israel day camp were at the scene of the attack, and crossed the street just moments before the attack.

Growing Each Day: Can Having a Beard make you a Better...

16 Iyyar 5776 – May 24, 2016
What does growing a beard have to do with spiritual development and being nice to our fellow Jews?

Failing in Order to Succeed

14 Elul 5773 – August 19, 2013
Robert F. Kennedy echoed the optimistic spirit of youth when he said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

Vacationing Tip: Get Lost

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
If you’re looking to get away from the irritations of technology and people in your way, the best place to go is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Talmud Takes to Jewish.tv

A class on Talmudic ethics in Vancouver, B.C., praised by regulars, is going virtual in a new series on Jewish.tv, the multimedia portal of...

These Candles: The Prayer that Went Viral

26 Kislev 5773 – December 9, 2012
I had often wondered, if Jews love Israel so much, why didn't they just get up and come here. The Mahram's Aliyah attempt showed that Jews did.

Q & A: The Sandak (Part VI)

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

The Merit Of Eretz Yisrael

17 Kislev 5773 – November 30, 2012
Yaakov Avinu received word that his brother Eisav was coming to greet him. He understood fully well that this was not to be a warm family reunion. Eisav came accompanied by a band of four hundred armed men, bent on revenge. The Torah describes Yaakov as “very frightened,” so he prepared for war.

Q & A: The Sandak (Part V)

16 Kislev 5773 – November 29, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part IV)

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

My Great Grandmother

6 Kislev 5773 – November 19, 2012
If you look up the word "role model" in the dictionary you will find the following definition: "a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

Rocket Attack from Gaza (Video)

4 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
This is a video, taken yesterday by someone who was not very smart.

What Were They Thinking?

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
Sometimes you just have to wonder, "What were they thinking?" My wife and I speak on marriage-related topics to variant crowds. We know what we're going to say, but we have no idea what the audience may offer. So, when we speak publicly, before we open the floor to comments or questions (which we welcome), we always preface with a cautionary word not to make any personal or disparaging remarks about one's spouse.

Rockets Injure 3 in Sderot

26 Heshvan 5773 – November 11, 2012
Radio Darom (South) reports that 3 people in Sderot were injured from shrapnel from a rocket launch. The injuries are listed as light to...

Hashem’s Power

25 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
On October 29th, the verdict was revealed As we faced what was destined as the Din was sealed With a storm that echoed the words we know to be true of B'Rosh Hashanah Yikaseivu.

Reality Threat

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
The following is a partial list of things I always knew I would never be good at: 1) Math 2) Creative writing 3) Jewish outreach 4) Playing with children

Love And Fear…Of Food

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
Some of us climb a scale each day in terror and dread. Some of us alight a scale, with our hearts thumping and throats tightening. We may know how to jump off and on, or gyrate this way or that to create a different number. And we will stare at that all important number – which could very well dictate our mood for the rest of the day. We believe the final number to be the true judge of our worth – of how well we are doing. And we are sorry that the scale could not be fooled.

Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakai

10 Heshvan 5773 – October 25, 2012
The great Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakai was once asked by a student, “Rebbe, I have a question which has puzzled me for some time. We find in the Torah a law concerning an eved Ivri, a Hebrew slave. He serves for six years and at the end of that time he may go free. Should he refuse, however, saying that he likes his master and prefers to remain with him, the tribunal takes him and makes a hole in his ear as a punishment.”

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