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Shabbat Derech Eretz

Shabbat Derech Eretz

The day after this coming Shabbat is the holiday of Shavuot. That means that this coming Shabbat is the Shabbat immediately preceding the holiday of Shavuot.  I know that's a no-brainer, but bear with me here... The Shabbat preceding each major holiday has a special...

It’s not a Hole, it’s a Train Station!

It’s not a Hole, it’s a Train Station!

There’s a lot of construction going on in Jerusalem; the city has been installing a light-rail train system to ease transportation congestion that has resulted from the unbelievable growth in population the city has experienced over the past decade.  In addition to...

Who am I?

Sometime around the age of three a child begins to become self-aware.  From the moment they are born they slowly begin to become aware of the world around them – first it’s simply an awareness of their environment – the lights, the temperature, everything has changed...

Just Choose

In order to be successful in anything in life - anything -  you first have to make the conscious decision that you are not going to coast through life on autopilot.  You have to decide that you are in charge of your destiny, recognizing that God gave you the gift of...

Worry, part 2

It seems to me that each year there is a particular middah (character quality) that G-d is challenging me to work on.  I’ve dealt with loshon hara (negative speech), giving charity with joy, and a wide variety of other qualities over the years.  This year seems to be...

Watchmaker or Father?

Here I am in NY, which is a big place. I need to get to Brooklyn, but I don’t even know what part of NY I am in at the moment and I certainly don’t know its relationship to Brooklyn. I don’t even know the general direction to head in.

Worry

I have just embarked on what will in the end effectively be a five week speaking tour.  I am in England for almost two weeks and then I return home to Israel for four days before I head back out to the airport for three and a half weeks in the US.  It’s the longest I...

Hugs are good for you!

Hugs are good for you! A study done at the University of North Carolina examined the effects of hugging.  The study showed that hugs provide major health benefits. In addition to increasing the levels of Oxytocin, a bonding hormone, hugs were proven to reduce blood...

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