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At First There Was Chaos

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Chaos - that is how the world is described at its inception in the book of Beraishis (Genesis). Confusion. A lack of clarity and boundaries. Or, as I teach my kindergartners, "a mishmash".

Shabbos Mevorchim Teves

Our Jewish calendar is based on the lunar year, and Rosh Chodesh, literally the head of the month, occurs when the moon renews itself. It is a holiday — in that we daven mussaf, just like on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, we do not conduct fasts, and the pious among our people eat a special seudah. Traditionally, women do not sew on Rosh Chodesh and refrain from performing heavy-duty tasks.

There Is A Season

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
The Holidays are over (please, no applause). But if you find yourself already missing them, rejoice, rejoice. A pleasurable new compendium of poetry by newcomer Yossi Huttler will keep you warm until Chanukah, Purim and – dare we say it too soon – Pesach once again come into view.

Road to Recovery

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Dear Brocha,... Today, I am a father of six bochurim b”ah. While I love and appreciate all of my children, unfortunately the Yomim Tovim aren’t filled with the good memories as in the days of yore. You see, one of my sons got involved with the wrong crowd, and at 16 he looks forward to Shabbos and Yom Tov as simply another opportunity to drink. Now that Sukkos is almost upon us, instead of joyfully anticipating, I am cautiously fearful about what Simchas Torah will bring.

The Valero Tradition

5 Av 5772 – July 23, 2012
Most couples establish their own routines. They have their own rhythms that may include where they eat, when they vacation, and what they read....

In The Past We See Our Future

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. – William Faulkner We Jews are a people of memories. Our past defines who we are. The past infuses our religious lives with context, purpose and meaning. How could we be if not for knowing how we were?

How Can Orthodox Jews Deny The Miracle Of Israel?

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
For me, Israel is personal. I was born as Israel’s War of Independence raged, just weeks after the state’s miraculous birth. As I lay in the hospital room with my mother, the windows shattered with the relentless attacks of those who sought, once again, to destroy us – this time not on their bloodstained soil but on our own sacred land. Once again, by God’s hand, we prevailed. The few against the many. The weak against the so-called strong.

Preparing For Pesach

8 Nisan 5772 – March 30, 2012
For weeks before Pesach the people in small towns across Poland, Lithuania and Russia lived only with the Yom Tov in mind. The housewives turned their homes upside down, the matzah bakery became alive, tailors and cobblers prepared to meet the seasonal rush, and the children worked themselves into a pitch of excitement, which they could not have endured had they had to wait for the seder night one day longer than they already did.

A Candyless Purim?

11 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
If the phrase mishloach manos conjures up dreaded images of piles of sugar laden treats that no one wants to eat cluttering every available horizontal surface just weeks before Pesach, chances are that this is one part of the happiest of Yomim Tovim that you are not looking forward to.

Tasting the “Heat” of the Torah

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
As a Baal Teshuva who discovered the “emes” about eight years ago, I am often asked by my FFB friends in my very FFB neighborhood to describe what inspired my wife and I to take the plunge and more specifically, what it feels like to lead a Torah observant life after so many years of living on the “other side.”

Title: The Spirit of the Seasons: Insights into the Yomim Tovim

17 Kislev 5771 – November 24, 2010
Jews around the world are reflecting on the Jewish New Year season that recently passed. It seems that everybody is struggling with their resolutions to be better and to do better. All of us are worrying about the daunting lead-up to life's next chapter: Thanksgiving season. Xmas parties. Awkward situations, she'elot that make you blush to ask them. Bills. More bills. Tempers. Fourth quarter reports. Bosses cut losses by firing staff. Fear. Panic. You wonder what was gained by going through the Yamim Noraim. I have good news for you: The Spirit of the Seasons by Rabbi Jonathan Shooter can show you insights into the Yamim Tovim to soothe your soul and psyche.

Take A Child To Shul… Please: Emulating The Ways Of Hashem

11 Nisan 5768 – April 16, 2008
A terribly sad version of the expression, "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink," often comes to mind whenever I am approached by single parents (usually mothers) asking me to assist them in finding a caring, responsible adult to take their child or children (usually their son or sons) to shul on Shabbos and/or Yom Tov.

Long Term Care Insurance (Part 1)

28 Tishri 5768 – October 10, 2007
The Best Way To Help Our Children

Pursuing Your Dreams – The Money Issue and Other Problems

9 Tammuz 5766 – July 5, 2006
Like my previous story of Irv and Chaya, Seymour and P'nina were both beginning second marriages and they too had grown children who were married and had children of their own.

Pursuing Your Dreams. Is There An Age Limit?

2 Tammuz 5766 – June 28, 2006
Moshe, in N.Y., gets a call from his father in Chicago. "Son, I can't take it any more. I'm divorcing your mother. I've had enough. It's over."

When Sharing A History Isn’t Enough

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
As we go through this journey called life, we meet many people and make many friends.

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