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Sep 18, 2018, 10:31 PM
Chabad Making a Difference
As a family we have become great followers of the Chabad movement. This is not unnatural for us. My mother was born in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a center of Chassidic Jewery, and soon thereafter her family moved to a dairy...
Sep 9, 2018, 8:28 AM
Getting Personal with your Leap Year
The new year that will begin tonight, 5779, is a leap year. It will have 385 days instead of the average 355 days that a lunar year generally has. Our calendar has this occurrence every two-three years; seven times...
Sep 5, 2018, 6:31 AM
Being a Homeless Jew
As we conclude this long, Labor Day Weekend, somewhere between fixing the camper and visiting some local Jewish communities in Detroit, a sad realization dawned on me. I’m a homeless Jew! No, not in the physical sense (though many would argue...
Aug 28, 2018, 12:06 AM
We miss you Sholom
This past week was the First Yahrzeit of one of the more colorful and inspirational characters on the Jerusalem landscape. Amongst many other things, Reb Sholom Brodt z'"l was the founder of Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo in Jerusalem. He and his...
Aug 25, 2018, 12:11 PM
Studying @ Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in Jerusalem
He walks towards me looking like kingly royalty. He looks like an archangel from heaven. He has a long white beard. He wears a black-on-black dress suit with a black hat. He looks like the Prophet Moses on Mount...
Rochel Leah Boteach
Jul 23, 2018, 12:59 AM
Rediscovery of Faith
A full year has passed. Visiting the places I did had toxic consequences. Some were short-lived and many continue to plague me, a year later. It is not so much that those places are cursed, iridescent sunlit forests where children...
Jul 14, 2018, 6:48 AM
Could Israel’s Startup Nation be the key for peace with the Palestinian people?
I’m always hesitant when it comes to holding an event at a Chabad House. I don’t know if it’s the fear of the need to conform to the orthodox nature of the place, or just the hit or miss possibility...
Jul 2, 2018, 10:26 PM
Uncivil Society — In My Hometown
Can we all stop to listen and try to understand? My husband and I were honored by the local Chabad at a fancy catering hall and I will share a story about my remarks. As Jews we are one people...
Jun 21, 2018, 3:26 PM
Book review – Hasidism: A New History
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game gets the best players in the game onto two teams every year. But what one see from this is that getting the best players together doesn’t always mean they are integrated team that...
Jun 15, 2018, 11:43 PM
Four Life Perspectives The Rebbe Taught Us
“I have been in the company of wise men, men of great learning and intelligence, men who were superior artists. But sitting opposite a true believer is quite a different matter. After having met a wise man you remain...