A Crumpled Letter

From the great synagogue in Tel Aviv to his performances in the role of Jean Valjean in the hit Broadway show Les Miserables, Dudu Fisher is an international star singer and cantor.

A Wedding, A Funeral And My Child’s Song

The incongruity of the two events was too glaring to overlook.

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.

Silent Messages

It is almost exactly one year since my father-in-law, Rabbi Yankel Weisberg, passed away.

Words Whispered on a Dark Russian Night

From the moment that our eyes met and locked on Friday, at the first lecture that I gave at the retreat organized by the EJSN (European Jewish Study Network) in Davos, Switzerland, I sensed that we would be speaking more throughout the weekend.

Senseless Love

One month ago, humanity woke up to a very dark world.

Changing Lanes

I am driving along in my small silver sports car. The pace of the cars around me has suddenly become frenzied; the flow of traffic has thickened considerably; I have hit morning rush hour on Toronto's busy thoroughfares. I need to merge into traffic on a very busy main road. But I am stopped, stuck, as the cars whiz past me.

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.

Life’s Dreams

"I have always had so many dreams. So many hopes and aspirations..."

Broken Glass

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.

Why Husbands Should Buy Their Wives Flowers

Shavuot is considered the time when we "married" G-d or cemented our relationship with Him after our "courtship" on Pesach, during the Exodus from Egypt. The Luchot (Tablets with the Ten Commandments) is compared to our Ketubah (marriage contract) and explains the responsibilities of each of us in this relationship.

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.

Everyone Has a Story

When I was invited a few months ago to lecture at a European retreat in Davos, Switzerland, that was hosted in the same luxury venue where the world economic leaders (including former president Bill Clinton) had met for their own economic summit a few years ago, I knew there was no way I'd refuse. The resort weekend was organized by Rabbi Sholom Liberow, director of the European Jewish Study Network (EJSN) and his wonderful wife, Leah.

Do You Live In A Fish Bowl?

Several months ago, at a children's rally, my 10-year-old son was the lucky winner of a raffle. His prize? A plump goldfish. It came in a plastic bag filled with water.

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.

Think ‘Good’ And It Will Be Good!

Tomorrow is the day after Labor Day. We all know what that means.

Chesed In The Midwest

A few weeks ago, my family and I arrived in Cleveland on a Sunday afternoon.

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?

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

Praying For The Guy Behind You: Profile Of A Passionate Soldier

Margalit Mogilevsky and I share a carpool to bring our daughters to school every morning. We speak occasionally about technical arrangements, usually light and insignificant talk about accommodating slight changes in our schedule.

Spiritual Security Blankets

This past week my youngest child turned four.

Life’s Detours

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

Wonder Detergent

Last week, I bought a new brand of detergent. It promises to remove all stains, even those stubborn, impossible to remove ones--or your money back. Guaranteed.

Rachel And Leah – Two Destinies, Two Worlds

Rachel and Leah - two sisters, two wives of Yaakov, and two of the Matriarchs of our People;

The Essence Of Evil

If you were to stare evil in the eye, what would you see? What would be its character traits? What would form its origins?

A Lesson In Chinuch

Several years ago my husband and I were the directors of a seminary, which girls from all over the world attended.

An Illuminating Darkness

"Wouldn't it be nice if the days were long all year round?" commented my son at six o'clock in the evening as we sat down to dinner to the backdrop of the completely black outdoors.

Allergies!

My day begins as a perfectly sunny, breezy, late summer morning. But then we meet.

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.

Wonder Detergent

Last week, I bought a new brand of detergent. It promises to remove all stains, even those stubborn, impossible to remove ones--or your money back. Guaranteed.

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