Reader response to my two-part column on yahrzeit was overwhelming.
Special Note: In last week's column, I published two letters expressing concern at the sight of parents dumping their children on caretakers so that they might better enjoy their Pesach vacation.
As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach and we appeal to Hashem for a blessed New Year, we also prepare for the awesome moment when we will all stand before Almighty G-d.
Despite a resurgence of Judaism as evidenced by the ba’al teshuvah movement the hearts of the vast majority of our people have yet to be touched. Jews are disappearing in the melting pot of assimilation and intermarriage. Hashem help--
For the past few weeks I have been writing about the crisis that has descended upon our world - a crisis that is nothing less than Chevlei Moshiach, the pain and suffering that has been predicted will occur in the pre-Messianic era.
The two words "thank you" have no time expiration; even if spoken after many years they’re as potent as ever.
Those who reject our beliefs know in their souls Jewish power stems from our faith and our prayers.
In last week's column I related the story of a legendary city in which the harvest was poisoned and rendered people mad. The citizens were confronted by a hard choice -eat and become mad or die of starvation. After much deliberation, the king decided, "In order to live, we must eat, but we dare not forget that we have gone mad, so everyone must place a sign on his forehead reading, 'Don't forget, we are mad.' Thus, we will be able to gauge our actions and one day return to normalcy."
I’m also a rebbetzin but as yet I do not have married children; it’s an experience I’m looking forward to and the reason I am writing to you now.
Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, though no longer with us has left a rich legacy that never fails to inspire.
“Look at Your children–not demanding material things like most children, but requesting a berachah!”
Could it be she wished to tell you that nowadays many men can be superficial in their search for a life partner, looking for a “glamour girl” rather than an aishes chayil? Could it be she tried to tell you it would be wise for you to be more flexible, more open-minded, and not lock yourself into limiting your options to just a certain “type”?
I have dealt with many teenagers who have been cast out of their homes and schools. I must emphasize that the most potent way to reach them is with berachos and love. I am not saying this is easy
Our generation lives when the footsteps of the Messiah are audible-- provided we know how to listen.
Several weeks ago I shared a letter from a heartbroken mother whose children had shut the door in her face. Time and again she tried to open that door, but despite all her attempts she did not succeed. No matter how she humbled herself and begged, no matter how many people interceded on her behalf, it was to no avail.
Could it be that we, like the Indians of yesteryear, are attempting to banish the insanity in our society and have forgotten the sweet sounds of the music that was once reflective of our simchas?
In last week's column, I published a letter from a woman who successfully overcame enormous challenges in her life through the power of faith. At the same time, I invited our readers to share with us their own personal difficulties so that others might benefit and be strengthened.
Several weeks ago I published a letter from a woman who expressed fear and trepidation at the escalation of anti-Semitism throughout the world and the possibility of yet another Holocaust, G-d forbid. Her letter evoked much comment. I was deluged with e-mails, several of which I published. Among those letters was one, written by a Jewish student at UCLA, that left many Jewish Press readers appalled. Among other things, he condemned the older Jewish generation, which, he wrote, is obsessed with the Holocaust.
Eretz Yisrael is a land of magic, a land where G-d Himself resides another proof that He has not forsaken us
While my husband and I are all for learning, I feel this entire mindset about full-time learning needs to be re-examined, especially given the uncertain economic times in which we live.
How do we teach rachamim? To impart new values to our sons and daughters, we ourselves must change
How do we become people of chesed & rachamim? By taking action and following the dictates of Torah
I realize that many people attribute this type of negative, obstreperous behavior to the tenor of our times. We are living in Ikvesa d'Moshicha, a period, our sages tell us, in which chutzpah will abound - the young will rise against their elders, and children will relate to their parents and in-laws with insolence. But to me, that is not quite acceptable. I do not consider that to be a legitimate excuse.
The tendency to rely on human beings rather than G-d has been our curse throughout the centuries.
In preparation for the Yamim Noraim, last week I focused on Mitzvos bein Adam L'Chavero - interpersonal relationships that are often overlooked, such as the escalation of chutzpah, that has become emblematic of our society.