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Dogs, Humans, & Earth

After the creation of the sun, moon, stars, trees, animals and all else, the Torah states that G-d saw that it was "Good". Though, after creating the human race, which without question is...

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Technology

By the CHAZAQ staff  Believe it or not, the manufacturing of bricks was a massive technological breakthrough in its time. It made the front pages of all the "newspapers." It was the...

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ANGER & Jealousy

The Torah tells us that Eisav hated his brother Yaakov "because their father blessed him." The commentators point out that Eisav's disappointment at not receiving the blessings was...

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Successful ARGUMENTS

A man comes home from work later than expected and sees that the house is on the ‘dirty side.' "Why did you get home so late?" asks the wife emphatically. "Why am I...

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WHY THIS? WHY THAT?

"Why does the Torah forbid cooking on Shabbat?" "Why can't we eat meat and milk together?" "What is the source for married women having to cover their hair in...

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True Beauty VS. False Beauty

By CHAZAQ Staff   Choosing one's life partner cannot be overemphasized. We go to lectures, read books, and listen to advice from many different people. Yet, despite all this, we seem...

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Do You Want Peace???

The term Morashah, heritage, is mentioned only twice in the entire Torah. In one place we are told that the land of Israel is the Morashah of the Jewish people, and elsewhere it states that the...

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Short Guideline in understanding the Halachic Process

  A World Map specifies where different countries are (i.e. Israel, Turkey, France, China). It doesn't guide you from one location to another.  Thus, to find the way from Queens to...

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What a Vacation!!!!

Words of inspiration leading into our summer vacation.   By CHAZAQ Staff  Imagine going on a vacation with your family or friends, and spending the entire time indoors due to...

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To See Good is to See

Our sages teach that no one in the world ever spoke lashon hara (evil speech) like Haman. What did he say?There are certain people scattered and separated among the peoples throughout all the...

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Three Months in Public School … and No More!!!

For years, I attended an insular yeshiva where the girls were few, the teachers were close, and the subjects were always affiliated with Judaism. I liked this system, for I felt as if I would...

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A Very Small Sefer Torah

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier    Joachim Joseph was a twelve-year-old boy when Rabbi Jasberg approached him saying, "It will soon be your Bar Mitzvah, and I want to teach you to read...

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The Gift of Life

By Rabbi Refael & Rebbetzin Adina Ribacoff    What could be the lightest thing in the world? If you were asked this question - what would you say? A feather, a strand of hair, or...

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The Friendly Landlord

By Bais HaVaad L'Inyonei Mishpat of Lakewood   Picture this: You come home one Sunday afternoon ready for an afternoon of relaxation, and suddenly notice your landlord sitting there...

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The Eternal People

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier   "Remember the days of old; study the years of generation after generation; ask you father and he will relate it to you, your elders and they will tell...

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Lessons from Jewish history: The Expulsion from Spain

Moshe Rabbeinu may have been the first to warn us to learn lessons from history. In the song "ha'azinu," he exhorted the Jews "z'chor y'mos olam, binu shnos dor...

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Signs of a Kosher Summer

By Tzachi Diamond   Finally! Summer has arrived. All year round people look forward to these three months of nice weather, vacation from school and relaxation. It is often the case that...

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A Shidduch Date in a Jerusalem Hotel

My plan was very simple: I decided I would not go out on any shidduch dates during the two summer months I spent in Jerusalem this year. I wanted to sit in Yeshiva, focus on learning Torah, and...

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The Excuses Must Stop

By Chazaq Staff   Some people like to think that by living an ethical way of life they are fulfilling the will of G-d. "I don't steal, lie, or hurt anybody, so what's the big...

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Finding and Keeping Your Bashert: How to avoid the dating game mistakes

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier   Playing ShadchanWhen my wife and I were newlyweds, we took up an informal study of marriages. At the time, my parents had a close circle of friends, 8 couples,...

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Lessons From Mumbai

By Tzachi Diamond   It's only been approximately two months since the terrible attack in Mumbai. When this horrific tragedy occurred it shook us to the core and yet it seems as if it...

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Making Sense of Suffering

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier   A perspective on lifeLife brings many questions. Why do some people seem to have such difficult lives, while others seem to have it so easy? Why are there so...

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The ONE Who Runs Our Nation

By Tzachi Diamond    By now I think it's fair to assume that we all know Barak Obama is the new President of the United States. I know I am a little behind on the times but what...

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Surviving the Streets of New York

By R' Ilan Meirov (CHAZAQ Director)   What goes through your mind when you see a group of Jewish boys sitting in a pizza shop disturbing the calm atmosphere you were hoping to...

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The Shabbath Queen and Women: The Daughters of a King

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe a"h of Midrash BEN ISH HAI   Friday, as we know, is an unusually challenging day. Somehow, we (almost all of us) find ourselves racing against time till the...

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Perfection

By Rabbi Refael & Rebbetzin Adina Ribacoff      Everyone is searching.  Looking to find that ONE - The only ONE.  Their true Bashert (Destined One).Everyone is...

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MUST Read... Incredible Story

This is an incredible story that many of you probably heard or read once before, though, CHAZAQ has received several requests to post it on behalf of people who are unaware of it...so Please read...

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The Power of a Jewish Woman

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI a"hI came across a newspaper which listed the names and pictures of women who “are making their mark on the corporate front, and wield...

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MARRIAGE: SECRET INGREDIENTS

By Rabbi Refael & Adina Ribacoff      Recipe:   A Dash of Love:  There once was a beautiful couple who had a wonderful and happy marriage. ...

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The One Half which Unites Us

By Gavriel Gavrielov   With the uncertainty of the future looming around us—such as the fears of global warming, the world economic situation, and threats of nuclear...

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Appreciating our Wealth – Part II

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier   If we study the world HASHEM (G-d) created, we find many features that have no functional purpose and were put here strictly for man to enjoy. For example...

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“LOOK AT ME”

I recently googled the words “look at me.” I don’t know why, but I did. The first result was a link to a site with a photo collection. Out of curiosity, I clicked on it. At the...

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Getting to the Bottom of Things

By R' Chaim Levy   As we know, there are numerous levels in which ideas are presented in the Torah. My father  once pointed out to me that the Torah is the only book that a...

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Love Birds

By Rabbi Refael & Rebbetzin Adina Ribacoff    The Talmud in Eruvin (100b) quotes Rabbi Yochanan who says that notwithstanding the Torah, we should have been able to learn certain...

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A Way to Return

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn    One Friday morning, Mr. Josh Braunstein of Brooklyn was driving to Manhattan through the Battery Tunnel when he remembered that he had to make an important phone...

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Say Hello

By Yitzchak Diamond    Roughly a year ago we were all praying and crying together. Together we were hoping that the Jews in Mumbai would be safe and the entire ordeal would end...

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Apply the Torah To Your Life

By Gavriel Gavrielov       If you have ever wondered what a piece of Gan Eden would look like in this world, then make your way down to Ave L and E.15th in...

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Lessons in Jewish History; Goral HaGra

By RC   The Goral HaGra is a practice based on tradition, whereby a skilled and qualified practitioner is able to capture G-d’s advice for what the petitioner should do in a certain...

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Getting to the Bottom of Things

By R’ Chaim Levy    We have all encountered those moments when we are doing a mitzvah (Biblical commandment) but do not have the enthusiasm that we would like. You might have...

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Children and Loshan Hora

 By Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky   We all know that lashon hora (evil speech) is such a terrible transgression. It's given as the reason for the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash. The...

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Smile - Just Because

By Osnat Y.   Its just another dayRelax, take in, devote-- prayThe sun will continue to shineMakes no sense to lose yourself and fall out of line. Life is full of complicated...

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Terror in Mumbai: A Year Later

By Naftoli Szrolovits    November 29, 2008. It's been almost a year since, but the painful images of the massacre in Mumbai are still very much engrained in our minds. The photo...

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Appreciating our Wealth

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier        One of the great works on Jewish Thought, the Duties of the Heart, gives a parable. Imagine a man who becomes blind at age 35. For the next ten...

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It is Your Responsibility!

Whenever something goes wrong, anyone who may be suspected is quick to defend himself by declaring that it wasn't his fault. After all, who would want to be accused of something they are not...

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To Do and Forget at the Same Time

Is it possible for you to do something, yet forget to do it at the same time? Although the question may sound awkward, nevertheless, based on a passage found in Parshat Devarim (26:13), the answer...

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The Man Who Would be Bilaam

 By Myriam S. Gabbay    In the days when I studiedAlternative healing, one ofMy teachers was a wellKnown teacher and authorOf Flemish extraction. After his series of...

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Appreciating Our Wealth - Part III

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier   My grandmother grew up in Poland before the first World War. She told me that her family was considered well off: they lived in a two room house. That meant...

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Happy and You Know It…

By Rabbanith Ruth Menash a"hImagine a lady, from two or three generations ago, taking a tour of a modern mall. She moves from a breathtaking jewelry store with dazzling diamonds and shining...

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Home Safety Tips for Children

Compiled by Naftoli Szrolovits   A grandson of a dear community member recently suffered terrible third-degree burns on his body when he fell between a radiator and a bed. Determined to...

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Help Me!

By Rabbi Refael & Mrs. Adina Ribacoff    In the beginning of time in this world, Hashem (G-d) created Man. But Man was lonely, so Hashem fashioned from Man an Ezer Kenegdo, a...

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I Have Yet

By Osnat Y.    Patience is a virtue I have yet to masterWhat's the point in running faster and faster?Kindness is an attribute I have yet to displayGive in and allow for just one...

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In Loving Memory of My Friend

By Chana Kastlebaum   Sarah was about 50 years old when I met her. She and her husband were returned to their Jewish roots and decided that our mostly religious neighborhood would be the...

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Appreciating our Wealth – Part IV

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier     We live in times where there is an increased emphasis on having fun and being happy-- on living life to its fullest. And it seems that we have all...

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Peace Into Our Homes

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe    If you were asked what relationships are most meaningful in your life, what would you answer?If you are hesitating about what your response should be,...

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To Want Mashiach Now

In Memory of Leah bat Tzvia     There I was, in bed at 3:00 a.m., wide awake and feeling as empty as ever. I went to aish.com/wallcam, and before I could take a closer look at the...

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I Am The Soldier Who Slept in Your Home

By Yishai G (reserve soldier)   Hello, While the world watches the ruins in Gaza, you return to your home which remains standing. However, I am sure that it is clear to you that someone...

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Tips to Improving the Serenity in our Homes II

By a Concerned Member of our Community    One of the most abused traffic laws is the "STOP" signAccording to the law, the driver must come to a complete stop at a stop...

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Photos of Birkat Hachama from Around the World

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Protecting Our Children from the Perils of Summer

By Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky     The summer months can be a difficult time to cope with for many frum Jews. On the one hand, it is summer vacation. People travel, children go to...

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"I almost sold a Yid for a quarter"

Several years ago, a Rabbi from out-of-state accepted a call to a community in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area....

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Back to School

By Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky    It has been noted that the Jewish holidays are either early or late, but never on time. What people mean by this, I suppose, is that since school usually...

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For Parents----A MUST READ

By Linda Babadzhanov    In today's society, many people like to spend some quality time with their spouses hoping to briefly relive a carefree moment of irresponsibility; for...

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Warning: Kashrut Alert

When it comes to Kashrut standards, most people are satisfied with a label stating that a restaurant is "Glatt Kosher and under Strict Rabbinical Supervision". Though, unfortunately, in...

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A Smile

A smile costs nothing but gives much.It enriches those who receive without making poor those who give.It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.None is so rich or mighty...

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Science of the Soul

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   Is the human being inherently different from any other creature?In August 2005, the London Zoo was the first in the world to highlight a new exhibit:...

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G-d and Barbers....Do they Exist??

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects....

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I Know: Therefore I Do

By Osnat Y.   As I stumble through life and its lessons, I am continuously tested against the backdrop of the knowledge that I have come to acquire from my previous battles.  Each...

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ONE VERSE

After hearing something inspiring, I said to someone, "I love moments like these. I feel like Hashem is right here, and I could just cry from joy." They replied, "Well, He is here....

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When Great Men Fall

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   Soap opera-like debacles have stunned, stupefied, and dismayed our community. We have witnessed a prime minister, governors, and men of stature plummet to the...

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Understanding Life

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier   I get a chance to speak in different communities and from time to time I get reactions that are... well... let's say a bit interesting. At one such...

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Harav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zatzal

He lived in a very small apartment on the edge of the Me'ah She'arim section of Jerusalem, yet his word had a direct impact on Torah observant Jews around the world. CHAZAQ presents a small...

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From Lebanon, with Love

As a mother of a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, I pride myself on being pretty calm. But all that changed this past summer.By Gila Manolson As a mother of a soldier in the Israel...

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A New Denial Of Traditional Judaism

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   For thousands of years of Jewish history there wasn't a unique nomenclature classifying Torah-deviant Jews. Denominations like Conservative, Reform and...

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Message to the World - The Power of Prayer

By Bracha Goetz   Imagine you're in a room full of Jewish addicts. And you're volunteering to lead a group on Tuesday evenings. The group is called "Spirituality." What...

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Training Is More Than Just A Word

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen   If the frum community has learned anything over the last ten years, it is that there are no guarantees a child will turn out the way his or her parents and teachers...

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Why Not Bais Din?

By Etienne Byrd   A pashutah yid who earned his living as a schochet once approached a gadol and complained how difficult his job was in terms of the fact that if he made a mistake, chas...

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Questions Need To Be Welcomed, Not Disparaged

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   I was apprised of the fact that a renowned Rabbi in Flatbush dedicated his Shabbat morning sermon to the plight of a young lady who was recently dismissed...

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`How Do We Understand It All?`

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis   I have been on the road non-stop. Different countries, different languages...  but they are all the same, because in every place that Hashem (G-d)...

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It's All About Happiness

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen    Just the other day, a teenager came to see me. He complained that he had little use for Judaism. "I'm just not happy," he lamented; "I get...

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Understanding Pleasures and Passions

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier   Imagine that you find yourself shipwrecked on a deserted island. You haven't seen a soul in three days... or a piece of bread for that matter. You are...

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Summer - Trials, Challenges and Triumphs

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI a"hLow cut tops, short skirts, and sleeveless dresses are some of the immediate associations with summer in the mind of society today. This is...

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Intellectual Bribery

By David J. Kirschner   Ten days before we read Parshas Shoftim, the United States Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th Supreme Court Justice.  The parsha begins,...

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Arthur Gukasyan; Journey of a Jew

I have been alive for 24 years and the sum total of my life thus far has brought me to the realization that I am a Jew. The reality of what that means is based on my belief and knowledge in God and...

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Sweat the Small Stuff

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis      There`s a popular adage that tells us not to sweat the small stuff. I always thought that meant we should not make an issue out of incidents that...

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Gratitude & Appreciation

By Rabbi Refael and Rebbetzin Adina Ribacoff       In the Torah portion of Parshat Vaera, the ten plagues brought upon the Egyptian people begin. It is interesting to note that...

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Torah’s View On Iran, Israel, America & Moshiach

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer    As Iran becomes more vehement in their catastrophic threat, inching imminently closer to nuclear power, there are questions that gnaw at every thinking...

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Does 9/11 Bore You?

By R' Menachem Nissel    Judging by looks alone, the man who sat next to me on the plane to Chicago was a cliché of an Indian peasant from somewhere in the Andes. You...

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Cry

 There was once a very wealthy man who lived in Kovno. He owned many boats, which he rented out to merchants for business. A telegram was sent to town to inform him that tragedy struck...

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What Is Love?

Many people believe love is a sensation that magically generates when Mr. or Ms. Right appears. No wonder so many people are single. An excerpt from "Head to Heart." By Gila ManolsonA few...

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A Torah Perspective on Iran’s Imminent Threat

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   Iran's supreme religious leader announced that tomorrow, February 11, it will "deliver a punch that will leave the world stunned". Is this mere...

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Marriage that Endures

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.    Historically, the family has been considered the basic unit of society. Certainly in Judaism, the strength of the mishpacha is said to be a major...

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Shalom Bayis & Who Am I

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.   Shalom bayis can be simply described as being comprised of two ingredients: mutual love and respect. The Talmud states this succinctly: "A husband...

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`An Eternal Spark`

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis a"h Sometimes you wonder what one speech, one teaching of Torah, one Jewish experience can do. Conventional wisdom dictates that by necessity, such experiences are...

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The Princess and the Peasant

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier   In the times of castles and moats, there lived a princess. An only child, her life was to be one of comfort, lavishness, and splendor from the cradle to the...

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‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis  If you love the land of Israel, you must also feel overwhelmed by a sense of frustration. Why is Israel demonized all over the world? Why has she become the new...

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Please hear my prayer שמעה תפלתי ה' (Tehillim 39:13)

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI  Every single person in the world lacks something. In fact, the world was created in such a way that there is no such thing as a human being...

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Sin Waits at the Door?

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer    He personified success. He had it all: health, family, wealth, career, fame - everything a person could ever dream of and hope for. Then it all unraveled. A...

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Diamond Processing

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski     Every person has buried deep inside a dazzling, million-dollar gem. We just need to cut away the dirt to find it.The Mishnah [Ethics of the...

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APPRECIATION

By Rabbi Refael & Mrs. Adina Ribacoff   A poor person once came to the great Chassidic Rebbe, Reb Shmelke of Nikolsburg early one morning for Tzedakah (Charity), but Reb Shmelke had...

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The Power of Prayer

By David J. Kirschner   We all know the story. G-d informs Noach that unless the inhabitants of the most corrupt and evil generation since creation do teshuvah (repent), he would send a...

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Message to New Yorkers by Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak

Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak is known around the world as a Ba'al Teshuva who has brought hundreds of thousands of Jews closer to a Torah way of life. In recent months, he has made a lot of noise by...

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Everybody Counts – I Don’t Get No Respect

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland   A well-known funnyman once lamented: "When I was young, I didn't get no respect. One winter, I asked my father if I could go ice-skating on the frozen...

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Understanding Life Settings

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier       Rebbe Elazar bar Padas was one of the greatest Torah sages of his time. He was known as the "Teacher in Israel." To his home...

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Glimpse into the life of Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a

Sephardic Jewry has an illustrious history of great Torah scholarship. However, with the influx of immigration to the state of Israel in the 1950's, a great majority of them lost their...

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Maintaining Equilibrium Under Stress

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski     Just when it seems that the economic crisis cannot get any worse, whammo! We are hit by another salvo. Even people who still have their jobs...

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Drink From Our Well

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski   They have forsaken Me, the source of life-giving waters, to dig wells that cannot give water (Jeremiah 2:13).In a world filled with nationalistic pride,...

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When Caring People Stumble

By CD Urbach I dont suppose theres any wayThat you can know, my friendThe ache I carry in my heartWhich pains me, to no end. The table you and I both sharedWas small, but oh, so wideNo...

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Building Self Esteem in Children

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski  To help your children attain self-esteem, you need to develop your own self-esteem.Whenever I lecture on self-esteem, I am invariably asked, "What can we do...

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Emissaries of Hashem

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland   Early one morning, the President surreptitiously slipped out of the White House for his daily jog, without the accompaniment of the Secret...

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`Things That We Can All Do`

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis   "Es tzoro hee l'Yaakov" - These are days of tribulation for our people. "Ayn bayis sh'ayn shom mais" - There is practically...

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The Forgotten Loan

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn   Quite often we judge an individual with the smug self-assurance that we know the "whole story." However, there are many instances and incidents...

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How to See What’s Invisible

By Bracha Goetz   The problem was that I didn't really believe in G-d. Twenty-eight years after becoming Orthodox. But I didn't fully face this fact until tragedy struck our...

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"Running" an (almost) Functional Home - Part 1

By R' Shmuel Gluck   In the course of my work, I'm exposed to many types of families, most of whom fall into two types, the effective and ineffective ones. However, there's...

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"Running" an (almost) Functional Home - Part 2

By R' Shmuel Gluck   The previous article introduced some of the problems that are created when parents are overly concerned with their public images. This week I'll describe...

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"Running" an (almost) Functional Home - Part 3

By R' Shmuel Gluck  The previous two articles focused on the negative effects of homes in which the parents' emphasis was  placed more on their public image than on...

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The “I've-Got-Nothing-To-Do!” Solution

By Bracha Goetz    Many Jewish sources highlight the importance of helping others, but the following one has resonated through the ages, perhaps more than any other:"If I am not...

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Heart - A Most Powerful Tool

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI a"h A close friend of mine who was diagnosed with a terminal disease made the following statement in one of her close heart to heart...

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Aishes Chayil - In Training

By C.D Urbach   "Hello, I'm home!" calls HusbandRemoving coat and hatHappily looking forwardTo a nice, relaxing chat. Managing a smileShe offers him a drinkThe glass...

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Materialism

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.  It is often said that today's generation is the most materialistic and hedonistic in the history of humankind.It is not necessary to go back to ancient...

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Happy With His Portion

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland    Two Irish fellows are walking their dogs one day when they come upon a pub. Finding it difficult not to imbibe, one says to the other, "How about...

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A Yellow Belt in Five Styles

By Rabbi Benzion Shafier     Probably the greatest cost to a person living life without a clear purpose is that he won't reach a fraction of his potential. He will become...

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Our Worst Enemy: Part 1

By R' Shmuel Gluck  Some people find life too difficult to handle. They never seem to be able to achieve what they set out to do. They can't make friends or keep to a schedule....

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Our Worst Enemy: Part 2

By R' Shmuel Gluck 2a) The SabotagerThis section describes people who hurt their own chances of success. They sabotage the opportunities to succeed that are given to them by others....

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Our Worst Enemy: Part 3

By R' Shmuel Gluck  3a) The socially challengedThis section describes how some people, because of an inability to act effectively, hurt their chances for growth. Their social skills...

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“Soul” Doctor

By Rabbi Refael & Mrs. Adina Ribacoff   There are a few famous Mitzvot in the Torah which obligates a person to "help" his fellow Jew. For example, the Talmud (Sanhedrin...

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Yahrzeits – Week of 8 Adar

8 Adar     Rav Shmuel Dovid Ungar of Neitra, a descendent of Don Yitzchak Abarbanel. Rav Gershon of Lotzk, a talmid of the Mezritcher Maggid (1788). Rav Aryeh Leib...

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His Brother’s Keeper

By Michael Gros   When two non-observant brothers visited the concentration camps of Poland during high school, the experience launched them each on spiritual journeys of discovery....

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Going to Synagogue; The Women's Section

  This poem is about an issue that many of us grapple to understand.By Bracha GoetzThe Women's SectionA curtain separates.What does that demonstrate?We're second-rate Jews. A...

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A Warm Hug from Davir

Davir Emnuloff was the first Israeli soldier that fell in the Gaza War a few years ago. His father passed away two years earlier from a difficult illness, and Davir, an only son with a few sisters,...

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Can I Have a Drink of Water?

  By C.D. Urbach "Can I have a drink?" I saidAs Mommy tucked me into bed.Mommy shook her head and smiled."Time to go to bed, my child." "Can I say Shema...

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The Greatest Artist of All

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn  The good with which G-d surrounds us every day is too often taken for granted. From the blossoms on the tree to the rising and the setting of the sun, we accept...

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A Time to Act - Every Jew a Soldier

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis     Prior to his death, our father Jacob blessed his sons and charged them with their unique individual missions. The tribe of Issachar, who was the...

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Thoughts on the Tishrei Tornadoes for the Month of Adar

Dr. Shmuel Shields, Certified Nutritionist According to the prophet Yechezkel, Jerusalem's entire topography will change dramatically during the war of Gog and Magog.  The Judean hills...

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Belief / G-d’s Supervision / Reincarnation / Redemption

The first of the 10 commandments states: "I am Hashem, your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." The Rabbi's point out, that believing that G-d...

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What exactly is a Blessing?

When we give a blessing to a friend, we are basically wishing that good things should happen to him. Should that also be our intention when we make a blessing to G-d? But G-d doesn't lack...

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Stop Playing G-d

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier Eighty percent of our problems in Emunah, faith, and ninety percent of our questions on HASHEM stem from one mistake - we play G-d. Playing G-d means I know exactly...

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Who is the Respected Woman?

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI a"hThere have been instances of brides who stepped on the foot of the groom under the Huppah. These were not accidental, but deliberate acts....

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Talking with a Rabbi

  By Bracha Goetz This is about a pivotal discussion that I had with a rabbi, who helped me find both the treasures within and those that weren't yet within. No Fear Of...

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Let’s Start by Appreciating the “Simple” Things in Life

By Rabbi Chaim Levy  Excitement is tantalizing but always short-lived. After a while, we feel a need to go back to a routine. We survived the evil plot of Haman and celebrated Purim,...

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How to Really Pray

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss  The Hebrew word for prayer is tefillah.  The root of tefillah is the word pilleil, which means to think and consider.  Thus, Yaakov said to Yosef,...

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Tefillah Chronicles - Reflections on the DIVINE Dialogue

By Meir Zev MarkThree steps back, a perfunctory nod to the left followed by one to the right, a few mumbled words facing forward and you're but two words away from shlepping through yet one...

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Measuring Your Net Worth

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer  What makes a person great? Not perfection, but striving to reach it.In our quest to be spiritual entities, it is incumbent on us to learn Judaism's definition...

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The Power of the Torah - The Unthinkable

Every Shabbat and Holiday morning we say in the prayers "And even more than fine gold; and sweeter than honey and dripping honeycomb. Also your servant [David Hamelech] is careful of them; in...

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Diamonds in the Street

By Rabbi Paysach KrohnIn our lives, each of us must establish our priorities, then constantly keep them in mind and see to it that our decisions and actions reflect those priorities. In this...

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Successful Marriage, Successful Parenting

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin    As parents, we are constantly faced with new challenges along the developmental process. We are "forced" to find a solution to bedtime...

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Don’t Let That Man Be You

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn  Rabbi Myer Schwab is the founder and dean of the Bais Yaakov High School of Denver, Colorado. He's also responsible for the financial stability of the school, and...

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A Thinking Man’s Introduction to Life

By R' Ben Tzion ShafierLittle children are so curious. They are always asking, why? Why this, and why that? Why is the sky blue and why do frogs have webbed feet? Why is there sand on the...

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“The Only Cure for Israel’s Woes”

By Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bregman  Regrettably, the past year has once again been marred by violence, terror, and missile attacks for the Jews of Israel. Irrespective of national origin and...

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It Ain’t Just Luck

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland  Steve leaves his Upper West Side brownstone at 777 West 77th Street at exactly 7:00 A.M. to catch the 7:07 Seventh Avenue Express. On the way to the train, he...

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Blind Faith?

By Rabbi Chaim Levy  Is there an advantage to having blind faith? In the Torah portion of Chukat, the Torah seems to allude that the answer is, "Yes, there is."  The parsha...

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Hacham Abdallah Somech

 By Yehuda Azoulay Hacham Abdallah SomechBaghdad, Iraq5573 - 5649 / 1813 - 1889 Hacham Abdallah Somech zt"l was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 5573/1813. He was the son of the great talmid...

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Transforming the Physical into the Spiritual

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI a"h It has become the fashion, in the last few years, for people to declare that they are "spiritual." Why not? It seems rather...

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Wedding Insights: Ring Finger

By Rabbi Refael and Mrs. Adina Ribacoff We are all familiar with the popular children's song:  "Where is thumbkin?  Where is thumbkin?"  The song goes thru the...

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Misery

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski"I call heaven and earth today to bear witness against you: I have placed life and death before you, blessing and curse; and you shall choose life, so that you will...

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The Impact of a Smile

By R' Jonathan Ghermezian   We derive much of our direction from the short but powerful statements which our sages passed down to us. When asked,...

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Clothing in the Summer? The Real Meaning Behind Modesty

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer  Societies define adulthood differently. In Thailand, Vietnam, and China, for example, there is no minimum age for drinking. In Switzerland, fourteen is the legal...

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In the Aftermath of a Tragedy

By Rabbi Moshe Meir WeissWe all mourn for the tragic passing of young Leiby Kletzky, of blessed memory.  In unison, we offer a tefillah to Hashem that the Kletzky family should have the...

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Tu B’Av: A Time of Achdus

By Rabbi Avigdor Miller   The Gemara (Taanis 30B) tells us that Yom Kippur and Chamisha Asar B'av (15th of Av) were days of special simcha.It continues, "B'shloma Yom...

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The Tragic Passing of Rav Elazar Abuchatzeirah

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss As we conclude the shloshim period (thirty days after his passing) for Baba Elazar Abuchatzeirah, the world is still trying to come to terms with his senseless...

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Seeing Hashem - Making It Real

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier  We live in remarkable times. Knowledge, information, and technological advances explode in front of us - each one eclipsing the ones that came before it. What was...

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A Personal Letter for Princesses

By Mrs. F. Siegler  Years ago, I was not religious. I suffered from insecurity, always seeking approval from others, and at a general loss of who I was. I dressed in pants or jeans to work. My...

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Taking Up No Space

By Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bregman  The sound of the shofar has awakened our slumbering souls.  The words of the rabbi's sermon have pierced the veil of spiritual complacency.  Our...

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A Spark from Sinai

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis   In the Jewish month of Elul, we have to prepare ourselves for our day in court with the King of kings, Judge of judges and Father of fathers, so I would...

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Kindness is Contagious

By Roman Aminov  It is 6:45 P.M. and Rachel is at the checkout counter of the local supermarket with 3 of her young children. Work was hectic, and after picking up her children from daycare,...

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How Prayer Works

By Rabbi Zev Leff    The Maharal [of Prague] explains that the four-letter Name of G-d, Havayah, connotes mercy, for it describes G-d as transcending time - He was, is, and always...

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The Incredible Word: Bereshis

By R' Moshe Meir Weiss  We know that every word of the Torah contains infinite wisdom. Indeed one could dedicate many lifetimes to even just one word of the Torah. While this is true of...

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Dancing with the Torah

A true Simchat Torah Story By Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein  He came by my house every six months or so, for a modest contribution to support the immigrant village he helped build in Israel to...

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Timely Thoughts on Gilad Shalit's Release

By Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski  The 20th of Tishrei, the day of Gilad Shalit's release from captivity, is a day of mixed emotions. Our hearts throb with joy for the Shalit family, and we...

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Snow in October

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss   Recently the tri-state area experienced an extremely rare natural phenomenon.  Breaking a record that was 86 years old, a nor'easter socked us with...

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Don’t Put It Off Til Tomorrow

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss  The posuk recommends, "Habitu el Avraham Avichem v'el Sarah ticholalchem - Gaze at your forefather Avraham and your great mother Sarah."  This is...

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“Dear Grandma”

  Dear Grandma,I miss your holiness,I miss your tenderness.I pine for the time we spent together,Now replaced by emptiness. I long for your love,though mine for you lingers.An affection...

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Two Stories About the Way We Treat People

The cleaning ladyDuring my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:"What is the...

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The Need for Marriage Education

By Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch  Are we doing enough to prepare our children for marriage? I'm not talking about matters of Jewish law that couples learn about before they get married. What...

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Kindness is Contagious

By Roman Aminov   "Kindness is contagious." While this may sound trite to some, it's a mantra for living for others. I was lucky to meet one of the "others" who...

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Words that Build, Words that Destroy

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe A"H of Midrash BEN ISH HAI  Intangible yet so powerful. Can't be seen but may leave indelible impressions. Can be the best or the worst.Hakham Yoseph Hayyim,...

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The Truth of the Revelation at Sinai - A Brief Overview

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen  In addition to all the emotional and psychological issues involved in keeping our students and children in line, there is another major issue of critical importance. They...

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Reaching Out Through Empathy

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis   Have you ever tried to communicate with someone you love only to come up against a stone wall? It is maddeningly frustrating. No matter what you say, no...

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The Mussar of Greek Mythology

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski   Many years ago, in high school, I learned a powerful mussar lesson, but I did not realize it at the time.Ulysses was a traveler in Greek mythology. He heard...

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Making Every Act Count

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss   Students of the Torah are well aware that there is nothing superfluous in the language of the Torah. Every phrase comes to teach us a myriad of lessons....

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As Blind as a Bat

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier   SONARIn the early part of WWII, the Allied forces faced a major obstacle getting supplies across the ocean. While they had sufficient transport ships and...

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Chorus of Thanksgiving

By Esther ChaimovThe sunrise's warming rays tickle my nose,They fill my nostrils with a sweet scent.My eyes slowly open, as the petals of a rose,I look forward to a day well spent. The sky...

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"Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason"

By Roman Aminov   An inspirational story of true kindness found its way to me directly from the person who experienced it. As soon as I received it, I knew I had to share it with Chazaq...

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Women are Inferior to Men - True or False?

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe   Some years ago I attended a class given by a prominent Rabbi, to a crowd with minimal knowledge of Judaism. One of the ladies, in her sixties, exclaimed with a...

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Sharing the Burden

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn   The following story can only happen with Reb Zevi, but there is much we can learn from it.One night at a wedding, his wife offered an elderly woman a ride...

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Emunah and Good Luck Charms

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier  A generation ago, bingo games were serious fundraisers for Torah institutions. Most yeshivas ran them, and as the staff at the game could only be volunteers, many a...

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Giving, Never Taking

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland   A man parked his new Bentley outside of a prestigious Midtown Manhattan bank andrushed in to see a bank official about a loan."I'd like to borrow...

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“Put Your Feet In The Concrete”

By Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bregman    Ok.  So you've decided that you want to grow and become a better Jew. The desire is there to fulfill your spiritual potential, grow...

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The Window from Which We Look

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.The next morning while they were eating breakfast,The young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside."That laundry is not very clean,"...

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Four points a child wished her parents knew about fighting.

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff  At the conclusion of a lecture on shalom bayit - how to create peace in one's home, I asked the audience if they had any comments or questions. A hand shot...

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Drawing Courage and Faith from our Past

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAIWe are told that for the merit of righteous women we were redeemed from Egypt. What were some of the meritorious acts of the Jewish women in...

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Why is life so hard?

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer   Several years ago, my wife and I were invited on a speaking tour to Los Angeles. We were very excited because this would be my first opportunity to present my...

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Kindness is Contagious

By Roman Aminov   As we have each seen in our personal lives, kindness can truly be a powerful contagion. However, as life has also taught us, the people most likely to be on the...

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G-d Knows My Thoughts

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier   Imagine that you hear about a rabbi from Monsey. Rumor has it that he's a real nice man. In fact, every Friday afternoon he helps out an old widow. He...

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It Takes Two to Lein

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn   The creative chessed in this story is brilliant and the sensitivity displayed is heartwarming. One can't help but be awed and inspired. In the Agudas Yisroel...

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Rav Avner German, Zt”l

By Avrohom Birnbaum   "He was life itself," said Rav Dovid Cohen, Rov of Congregation  Gevul Yaavetz and an old, dear friend of Rav Avner German, zt"l. He lived a life...

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3 Ways to Improve Your Marriage on Your Own

Even if your spouse won’t get help, you can still strengthen your marriage. Here’s how. By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff  Dear Slovie, David and I have been married for 11 years. We have 3...

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Some Thoughts from a New Mom

What I wish someone had told me before I had a baby: 1- Things will get better and easier. The first few months were very difficult. I was a first-time mom who had to take care of a newborn....

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What You See and What You Don't

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI There was a merchant who went, one day, to spend a few hours in the Beth Midrash. While he was at the Beth Midrash, a customer who had come from...

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“When A Craving For Spirituality Turns Deadly”

By Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bregman  Many people place an enormous premium on feelings of inspiration and being inspired, to the point where it often becomes one of a person’s highest...

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The Parents, Torah Equation

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss One of the major charges in the Torah concerning parental responsibility is the directive, “Ish imo v’aviv tira-u – Every man should have reverence for...

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Food for Thought

"Who says you have to pray wholeheartedly? Maybe you should pray brokenheartedly." (Rebbe Uri of Stalisk)"A lamp can be extinguished but not the light itself!." (Sefat...

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Kiruv Kerovim or Rechokim - Where Should Our Priorities Lie?

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer As Rabbi of the Brooklyn Jewish Experience, a local Kiruv organization devoted to reaching out to Brooklyn’s almost 70% nonobservant Jewish population, I also...

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A Chance of a Lifetime

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn Dov Hager is an exceptionally busy person. Aside from being a devoted husband and father to his six children, he is involved in local community affairs (Yeshiva Bais...

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Love Doesn’t Conquer All

By R’ Ben Tzion ShafierAsk a typical single guy what he expects his marriage to be like, and he’ll get this far-off look in his eye, and say: “Oh, it will be wonderful! I will...

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Every Nana Second

By Rabbi Label Lam  And he met “the place” and he slept there because the sun (suddenly) set, and he took from the stones of “the place” and he arranged them around...

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Did You Remember to Say Thank You?

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI People probably say: “Surely it is impossible for one to forget to say 'thank you'!? It is such an elementary expression, which is...

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Blessing of Enough

How to raise happy kids. By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff Did you ever notice how so many children today seem unhappy? No matter how much they have, no matter how hard you try to give them more,...

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Learning Torah Properly…

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier “For what sin was the land lost? This question was asked to the wise men and to the prophets. No one could answer until HASHEM Himself said, ̒Because they...

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Without Happiness, We’re All At-Risk

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen You’ve seen those aimless, listless Jewish kids walking the streets and avenues. What’s behind their anger? Rebelliousness and hopelessness? Drugs?...

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5 Myths about Marriage

Marriage is hard, never go to bed angry, & other common myths. By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin Marriage advice from well-meaning friends often contains one of these five myths. Take it with a...

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The Bashert Test

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier   One of the greatest challenges in life is finding the balance between bitachon and histadlus— recognizing that G-d runs the world, yet actively doing...

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Too Smart to get Married?

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier   I got a call from a fellow who said, "Rebbe, you have to help me." "Sure, sure. What's up?" I replied. "Well, I was set up with...

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Yahrzeits - Week of 28 Elul

28 Elul   Shaul (ben Kish) Hamelech and his three sons, 880 BCE or 878 BCE (Yated 2006) or 879 (Hamodia 2011)Rav Sa'adya, father-in-law of Rav Chaim Vital (1574).Rav Chaim Yehuda...

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The Art of Forgiveness

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI After the rebellion of Abshalom against his father, king David, almost the entire nation followed Abshalom. King David "fell" from the...

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Parenting with Rhythm

By Galit Levi  Ever wondered why sticking to a schedule with your family can be exceptionally difficult? One reason may be that the schedule is too rigid or strict, and does not accommodate...

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Husbands, Listen Up

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin  Here are five things your wife would like you to know but for a variety of possible reasons, she won’t tell you.She feels overwhelmed and likes when you take...

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Dating and Marriage: But I’m Just Not Sure

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier   What happens if you sort of, kind of, feel this person is the right one —but you’re just not sure? What do you do? The first thing you do is...

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It was Plane and Simple

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn  Yaakov*, a seventh grader in Yeshiva Tomchei Torah* of Brooklyn, was an orphan who lived with his grandmother. His young mother had passed away two years before, while...

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Yahrzeits - Week of 4 Cheshvan

4 Cheshvan  Rav Yoav Yehoshua (ben Nassan Nota) Weingarten of Kintzk, the Chelkas Yoav (1845-1923). His foundation in learning was established by Rav Zev Nachum Borenstein, the Agudas Eizov,...

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My Reflections on Sandy

By Rabbi Shmuel Ani Hurricane Sandy was already a dangerous storm when it hit Cuba and the Caribbean and caused more than 60 deaths.However, it is unheard of for a hurricane to cause the damage...

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5 Parenting Goals for Every Family

How to ensure your children have a productive year   By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff  We begin the school year with blank notebooks, pages fresh and clean. Backpacks are free of crumbs and...

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The Importance of Doing a Mitzvah Properly

By Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn   Many of the brissim that I do are for people who are not frum. A few years ago a Russian fellow, "Ivan," called me from Manhattan. I don't speak...

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The Lady in the Tent

By Rabbanith Ruth Menasheof Midrash BEN ISH HAI  What would a random passer by answer if we had asked her: "Who do you admire and dream to be like?" If I had to guess who her role...

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"The Unique Cycle of Positive Thinking and Life"

By Sarah Yagudaev    When a person is in a state of not being strong enough to achieve something, they tend to get themselves into a mode of procrastination. Procrastinating is not...

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Projecting

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin       What you can't stand in your spouse may be your own reflection.What drives you crazy about your spouse? Do you have a judgment that your...

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Bully-Proof

By Galit Levi   Are bullying and teasing the same?No, they are actually quite different.  While both involve the victim being harassed and/or tormented, bullying is considered more...

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A Parenting Guide for the Perplexed

By Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein  Most humor contains a touch of cruelty. After all, watching someone slipping on a banana peel is watching someone getting hurt. I always liked the joke about the...

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The 5 Love Languages

How to express your love in the way that speaks to your spouse.  By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin "You don't really love me!" How many times have you heard your spouse make that...

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How do you tell a spouse “I trust you,” even when you don’t?

By Galit Levi   As we finished our Shabbos meal, I sat down on the couch and watched my children play. I picked up the Binah Magazine and came across a very interesting article about...

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Children are the Mirror of their Parents

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI It is rather common to see in public domains a sign which reads: "Warning! This location is under 24 hour surveillance". Such a sign...

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Am I on Trial???

Question: How is it possible to value yourself in your own eyes, not in the eyes of someone else?  To be able to say to oneself in an honest way: "Let me ask myself what I think of myself...

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4 Ways Marriages Fade Away

How to avoid falling off an emotional cliff.  By Slovie Jungreis-WolffLeslie Mann, female lead of This is 40, the Judd Apatow comedy about a couple whose marriage has drifted and is now...

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Bashert Doesn’t Mean That It Has to Be

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier  Imagine it is Rosh Hashanah. I am standing in shul when suddenly a loud voice booms: "RABBI!" "Yes..." I meekly respond."I HAVE BEEN SENT...

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How to get out of that trapped feeling?

By Sarah Yagudaev   Every person has a certain energy/aura coming from them. The energy is based on the way that they are feeling at that given moment. Some people's energy can be...

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TTYL: Talk to You Later: Connecting with spouses and children in a world gone texting

By Rebbetzin Slovie Jungreis-Wolff  While driving the other night, I noticed a couple in the distance. They were taking a relaxing evening stroll. How great that this couple took the time...

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One More Button

By Rabbanith Ruth Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI Recently, I overheard a first grader tell an older girl: “Why is your top shirt button open? You have to be covered!” I was impressed...

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Knowing when not to help

By Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein   He sat across from me and waited for the news I had to give him. I had tried to delay this meeting, but he suspected that the verdict I carried was not good,...

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A Model Lesson

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn    My son-in-law, Chananya Kramer of Yeshivas Ner Israel in Baltimore, heard the following story from his mother, Mrs. Shana Kramer, who witnessed it as a child....

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Personal Obligations

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Does it make sense for people to tell themselves or others, "I "keep" all the Halachos (laws) but nothing more?" They're...

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Save Your Money, Save Your Marriage

  Practical steps to alleviate the stress money may have on your marriage.By Rabbi Shlomo SlatkinMoney and the financial stress that often accompanies it can take a big toll on a marriage. In...

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The Art of Giving – Part One

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss   As you sit down to read this, I’m sure all the mishloach manos has already been divided, the OU-P grape juices are squirreled away for Pesach, the nosh...

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It Doesn`t Make Sense - or Does It?

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis   Some years after the Six Day War, I was invited to address the I.D.F. as well as various communities in Israel. On one of these occasions I called a...

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Never the Same

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland     It was quite intriguing that the name of the Chinese proprietor of the local dry cleaners was Abe Schwartz. When someone finally worked up the courage to...

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What is the purpose of a date for a frum orthodox person?

By Rabbi Ben Zion Greiper   I was approached by a man who asked me what are dates for? So the obvious answer is to look for the right person to get married to. When asked what to look...

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The Trait of Mindfulness

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    For many people, the discussion of mindfulness will be more conceptual than practical. Nevertheless, I'm hoping that some of them may make it a long...

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Powerful Weapons to Protect Our Youth

TEACHER TRAINING AND CONTINUED EDUCATION: Powerful Weapons to Protect Our YouthBy Rabbi Shaya Cohen; Rosh HaYeshiva; Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh, Founder; Priority-1...

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Our Search for Respect

By Shmuel Gluck     Before I discuss people's need for Kovod, Honor, or to use a more practical word, respect, I'd like to explain why the Torah expects people to focus on...

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Stories of Tzadikim

By Ohr Michael    Here is a beautiful story which has a great lesson. A Talmid used to always visit his grandmother (who had Alzheimer's disease) in the nursing home, and she would...

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Tools for Decision Making in Avodas Hashem

By Shmuel Gluck     There are many reasons that people find it difficult to serve Hashem properly. The most commonly discussed reason is their lack of self-control. The...

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TEN WAYS TO PARENT FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen  Constantly show your children that they are your number one priority!...

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A Perspective of Hashem's Treatment of People

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   This article is a part of our ongoing series of understanding life through the eyes of the Torah. It belongs much earlier in the series, and offers a...

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IT'S ALL ABOUT HAPPINESS

By Rabbi Shaya Cohen   IJust the other day, a teenager came to see me. He complained that he had little use for Judaism. “I’m just not happy,” he lamented, “ I...

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The Greatest Graduation Present -The power of saying thank you

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff    It’s graduation time. Some parents will be smiling through sweet kindergarten plays, others proudly clicking cameras as their children...

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Smart in the Eyes of the Torah: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      Many people consider others smart based solely on their I.Q. This has always frustrated me, as I've found that intelligence plays a very small part...

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The Angry Child

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff   Dear Slovie, My 10-year-old son is getting increasingly out of hand. He yells out his demands and gets infuriated when they are not met. If I reprimand him or...

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OU KOSHER PRESENTS THE TOP CONSUMER QUESTIONS RECEIVED FOR THE SUMMER

 OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers received for the summer. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. These...

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Encouraging Words for Parents

By R’ Shlomo Zalman Bregman     It has been said that the Torah is the greatest and most profound “self-help” book of all time.  With respect to...

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"Are you a Giver or a Taker?

By Sarah Yagudaev   When you are kind to others, you are being kind to your own soul. Doing an act of kindness is one of the best ways to use your precious time. There are many reasons...

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Marked for Eternity

By Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn   A true "Jewish" story from the Titanic's ill-fated voyage. TEST: http://www.aish.com/sp/so/Marked_for_Eternity.html $site_isSpanish English no...

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What if I Missed My Bashert

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier  The first step is to realize that there are second chances. We’ve all heard our share of dating stories where the couple went out and decided it...

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Rav Mordechai Tropper z't'l

By Rabbi Elazar Grossman and Talmidim from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim   On Friday, Parashat Chukat, the world lost a great Torah scholar, a profoundly influential teacher and a beloved...

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Smart in the Eyes of the Torah: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Our Chachomim define "who's smart" in a different way from that of people, and they "guarantee" that with their definition, people will...

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Smart in the Eyes of the Torah: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    The fourth and final statement of "who's smart" is:   4) A smart person is one who anticipates the future. The ability to...

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Roommates or Soul Mates? 4 ways to revive your marriage

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin   Remember when you first got married, ready to conquer the world? There was nothing that you and your spouse could not overcome. Your love was strong and you...

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Living like a Jew is Supposed to Live

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Hashem intended for the Torah to be the foundation of people who want to live peaceful, accomplished, and rewarding lives. However, there are several...

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Mental Health in the Frum Community - Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I recently gave a lecture regarding mental health, and will discuss those words in the next few articles. The subject of mental health is one of the few...

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Mental Health in the Frum Community - Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     In order to help people become more informed, and less intimidated, about mental health issues, this article continues to describe the 5 guidelines towards...

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A Ray Of Light Behind The Clouds

By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis  Some years ago I was invited to speak at a secular high school for exceptionally bright students. The student body was mostly non-Jewish. Since I am a Holocaust...

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The Greatest Graduation Present

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff   It’s graduation time. Some parents will be smiling through sweet kindergarten plays, others proudly clicking cameras as their children receive their diplomas....

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Mental Health in the Frum Community - Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     In order to help people become more informed, and less intimidated, about mental health issues, this article continues to describe our 5 guidelines towards...

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Ki Tavo - ‘Parsha Growth Spurts’

By Rabbi Dani Staum  “I have not transgressed any of your commandments, and I have not forgotten.” (Devorim 26:13) Why does the one offering Bikkurim declare that he has not...

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Mental Health in the Frum Community - Part 4

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   In order to help people become more informed, and less intimidated, about mental health issues, this article continues to describe guidelines, to help them...

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The Role of Z'chus Avos

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Davening, praying, is a powerful tool to help people achieve a good year. Nevertheless, without understanding the mechanics of praying, prayer becomes difficult...

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Kids with No Patience

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff                   Back to school means lots of waiting on lines. Stores are filled with...

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HaRav Ovadia Yosef: Torah’s Commander-in-Chief

By Rabbi Chaim Levy    Born in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq to Rabbi Yaakov and G'orgia Ovadia, Hacham Ovadia Yosef emigrated with his family to Jerusalem at age four. As a teenager...

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The Year of The Seed

By David A. Linn    Rich Maisel was your typical Jewish teenager growing up on New York's Long Island in the early 1980s. He had a strong Jewish identity, was a supporter of Israel,...

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How People "See" Things and How it Affects Them - Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck There are many people who aren't happy with their jobs, marriages and, in general, with their lives, because they lack good Midos (good character). When it's not due...

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Natural Ways to Control Blood Sugar

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist     You’ve probably heard of diabetes. Most of us know that it has something to do with too much sugar in the blood. Less...

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Raising Millennials

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff   How to instill empathy and sensitivity in an age of narcissism and entitlement. Waiting on line for a salad, I observe the two teens in front of me. They...

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Ask the doctor

By Dr. Bennett   Q-WHAT IS PERTUSSIS AND WHY DOES MY DOCTOR KEEP TELLING ME TO GET RE-VACCINATED? Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria,...

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Keeping Your Bashert

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier    We live in an age where the very social fabric of society seems to be tearing apart at the seams. Divorce rates in the western world hover at fifty...

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Thoughts and fears

By Sara Yagudayev When a person begins a new journey in life they think to themselves..."CAN I DO THIS? IS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING TO ME? AM I STRONG ENOUGH FOR THIS?' All of these...

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ORTHODOX UNION MOURNS DEATH OF RABBI OVADIA YOSEF AT 93

GREAT TORAH SCHOLAR AND POLITICAL LEADER; HE EMPOWERED THE SEPHARDIC POPULATION AND CHANGED ISRAEL FOREVER With the passing today of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt”l at the age of 93, Israel lost a...

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How People "See" Things and How it Affects Them - Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    The last article spoke about those people who sincerely want to do what's correct, but believe that their version of what's correct is the only valid...

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Greatness Personified

Stories of Greatness   Not long ago, a teacher who works with wayward and immigrant youths, by the name of Elishai, found himself on a bus in Jerusalem.  He was sitting next to an...

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Becoming The Best Person You Can Be

An Evening With Charlie Harary    Renowned orator gives tips on leading a more productive life at lecture in Kew Gardens Before the chagim, many people attempt to strengthen their...

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The Intangibles of Life: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    I was speaking to a young adult who was lamenting about how unfair her life was. (I seem to have those conversations a lot.) Teenagers more than adults,...

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5 Ways to Teach Your Child Respect

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff In a culture that invites disrespect, is it possible for us to teach our children to speak and act with reverence and consideration? The Torah and our sages offer us...

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The Intangibles of Life: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     The last article discussed how people often ignore their intangible strengths. In addition to the ones mentioned in part one, there are other intangible...

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The Intangibles of Life: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     In addition to the beliefs mentioned in the previous two articles, there are other beliefs that are considered the norm by everyone. Those beliefs...

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Life's Incredible Journey

By Sarah Yagudaev   We need to trust and believe that Hashem loves us unconditionally. We are plagued with Jewish guilt and tend to have a lot of self-consciousness about our...

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1 Really Dumb Mistake that Very Smart Couples Make

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier    Mistake: It wasn’t love; it was magic, and the magic wore off Almost every couple has that moment of revelation. It may be two weeks after the wedding...

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3 Ways You Can Save Your Friend's Marriage

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin      It's only natural to want to help your friend or loved one who is experiencing marital woes. Unfortunately, sometimes we can do more damage than...

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Deadheads

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland   Steve got off the train at the wrong stop, on a dark, dreary fall afternoon, the first day after the clock was pushed back. The early arrival of nightfall,...

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Halacha Q & A

By Rabbi Meir Gavriel Elbaz      Question: Should one recite the Shehakol blessing on chewing gum?   Answer: The Poskim of our generation discuss whether or not the...

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Why the Chutzpah?

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff    “We have a problem.” “Tell me.” I say to parents on the line. “Our nine-year-old daughter…” I hear only silence....

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WARTS

By Edward Bennett, MD   Q- I have some warts on my hands…what are WARTS? Why do I keep getting them? Warts are small, harmless growths of the skin and differ based on the type...

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Song of the Scorpions

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn   It was the first night of Chanukah and Rabbi Yaakov Haber, with his wife, Bayle, at his side, was about to light the menorah. The Habers, who lived in the...

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Reconnecting With Our Children

By Mrs. Adina Ribacoff    Today’s kids are up against pressures and influences that were never experienced by previous generations. In our fast paced world parents are challenged...

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Thinking Agenda Based

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   In a number of recent articles I discussed how intangible attitudes affect peoples' decisions, their relationships and, therefore, their lives. There have...

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Is Your Child a Sufferer...Are You?

By Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein    The world of medicine is scared and honestly so am I. A whole raft of treatments that used to work, for example, antibiotics, are proving themselves less and...

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Believing Without Faith

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    People hear information throughout the day. Some of what they hear they believe to be true; however there are different levels of believing. Many people think...

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Life Moves On: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Although Chanukah is over, I'd like to share with you a Chanukah thought that I discussed in our Yeshiva, one whose message is relevant for the entire year....

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Life Moves On: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck        The first part of this article discussed people's unrealistic views of their own importance. Many people may not have connected with...

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A Lifetime Goal: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    I recently received the following e-mail from a teenager: I know that I have multiple Middos which I use in the negative way. Negativity, self-centered...

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New Year’s Resolution – 2014

By Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss Every Motzei Shabbos, we start off the new week with the saying of Havdala. This is a blessing where we thank Hashem for the upgrades that he grants us we have being a Jew...

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A Lifetime Goal: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    Continued response to an email received from a teenager.  There's hardly any positive trait or thought, that you haven't, at least once in...

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A Lifetime Goal: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     I received the following response from the person to whom I sent the last two articles: It was and is a fabulous response to my question. It was totally...

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A Lifetime Goal: Part 4

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   There are four types of databases:    1) People in general  and the world around them. This database is widely used, often without people...

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Attaining Peace From Within: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      I was recently at a wedding where the whiskey flowed freely. (For the record, my Simchas are "dry Simchas" at which we don't supply...

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Attaining Peace From Within: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    How do people know which type of confusion they're experiencing? They must consider whether other people "get it". If other people understand...

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Attaining Peace From Within: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    I'd like to offer another example of how people make the decision process more difficult when they add irrelevant factors.   How complicated is it...

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Now That I Wear Sweaters

By Shmuel Gluck      In the last few years I've taken to wearing sweaters. Until then, I would walk around in the bitterest cold without a coat and never feel the cold. I would...

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THE FIRST 3 WARNING SIGNS OF UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, LMHC, Marriage & Family Therapist     When people have long-term marriages and things are bad, we can work on fixing them. It’s better to resolve...

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Tips to Find Your Soul Mate

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff     It’s not easy being single. After dating for months or years, one can feel discouraged and pessimistic. Here are five tips on how to better...

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CRY IT OUT: YAY OR NAY?

By Galit Meirov    “Crying it out” (CIO) is a controversial topic among mothers. Some say it’s perfectly okay, while others say it’s extremely damaging and...

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Let's Talk About Adults:Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      Before I begin this article's message, I'd like to defend myself from the occasional criticism that I receive. Many adults are hesitant to...

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Let's Talk About Adults: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   People, generally, don't stay constant in their beliefs and actions. Although levels of learning generally remain constant and don't increase after...

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The Idiosyncrasies of People

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     All people have idiosyncrasies or, as many refer to them, Mishegasym. This means that people often behave in a manner that "just doesn't make...

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First Impressions

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    All people want to live emotionally and spiritually healthy lives. They also want to "get along" with others, and respect their preferences, needs,...

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First Impressions Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      b) Do the responsibilities of men to their work, override their wives present moods and individual needs? "Giving in" at the beginning of a...

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Offer My Services?- Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     I remember studying various subjects and, after thinking that I mastered them, tried applying the information that I learned. After a few days, I realized...

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Believe in Your Child

By Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein    When I started my teaching career in my first school, I was filled to the brim with principles and ideas which I was convinced would enable me to become the...

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Creating Healthy Environments: 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    Below are some of the components needed to create a healthy environment:   1) The teenagers must believe that we'll never become angry at them....

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Creating Moments of Courage

By Sarah Yagudaev  Courage is a trait that greatly enhances a person's life. The opposite of courage is fear. Fear causes stress and distress in the psyche of a person and it also...

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Detox Your Marriage

By Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin    Three steps to eliminate the negative and rediscover the joy in your marriage.   Picture a marriage with no negativity, shame, or blame. Believe it...

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Fear of Heaven

By Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland    Bernie was a good and pious man. When he passed away, G-d Himself greeted Bernie in Heaven, and asked if he would like something to eat. “I could...

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Jewish Kids Gone Wild

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff      Have we given up teaching our children how to be a mensch? The New York Times recently described the need to teach Jewish kids courses in Bar...

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I’m Not Ready to Change

By R’ Ben Tzion Shafier   Another Really Dumb Mistake that Very Smart Couples Make: The Most Popular Radio Station in Western Civilization The station that almost everyone...

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The Unexpected Guest

By Rabbi Paysach Krohn       When Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Tatelbaum of Golders Green, London, passed away in May 2004, he left a legacy of philanthropy that is worthy of emulation....

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Creating Healthy Environments: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Since Areivim's environment intends to mimic that of a regular home, we try infuse all the parental figures, and tools, within our campus. These...

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Marking our Territory

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      I once spoke to a non-religious woman who took her Shabbos services, and affiliation with her conservative synagogue, seriously. She was complaining to...

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My Own Struggle with Low Self-Esteem

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.      People often ask me, "Is it true that you've written over fifty books? How did you find time, with your busy schedule to write so...

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Lets Be Selfish for a Few Moments

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Someone once told me the following story. A friend's car broke down, and he spent the day helping him get the car back on the road. Within the story, he told...

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Friends: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Everyone wants to have friends, and to be a friend to others. Many people believe that emotional health requires healthy friendships. As important as...

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Friends: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Most people don't think of friends as tools for growth. Nevertheless, most people will acknowledge that they'll act differently depending on which...

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Friends: Part 3

By Shamuel Gluck   Readers may wonder why I'm combining friends with values and personal standards. I believe that everything in people's lives are tools. Although people may...

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Making Unilateral Decisions

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   They are many topics about which I write because I believe in the importance of their messages. The same is true about this article but, in this case,...

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Living A Torah Lifestyle: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    I am constantly being approached by a wide spectrum of young, Kolel or working, men, as well as young women, who all have the same...

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Dosing off in Birkath HaMazon

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe (Links to the audio and video appear after the text) When we mention that a person who does not remember if he recited Birkath HaMazon after a meal which...

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Living A Torah Lifestyle:Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Unlike most people, those committed to living a true Torah life aren't satisfied with "customizing" religion to fit their needs. They're too...

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Inappropriate Speech

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe   What Causes Inappropriate Speech?  There are three reasons why a person engages in speech which is inappropriate. It could be excessive speech, evil...

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Parent-School Relationship: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      Many of the parents that I speak to, strongly resent their children's schools. I've noticed several patterns of parental actions and reactions....

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Parents and Schools Relationship: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      2) Once parents learn how to stop being angry, they may be able to become team players with their children's schools. Creating a team requires an...

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Raising Confident Children

By Slovie Jungreis-Wolff      Sometimes we think we're helping our children when in fact we are impeding them. A recent article I read describes the latest parenting trend....

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Insensitivity

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      I know several people who are well known Baalei Chasodim (doers of good). Nevertheless, I sometimes find that they lack sensitivity in the most basic of...

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Forget The Shidduch Crisis

By Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein     Recently, I let slip that I had made 55 shidduchim. Now I am not a shadchan, and I only make shidduchim if I know the boy and girl well as my talmidim,...

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Letting Go

By Shmuel Gluck   I recently "bumped" into a friend with young children. He's been angry for as long as I can remember. His anger has been directed at many people and...

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Shabbath Candles

By Rabbanit Ruth Menashe    One of the symbols of a Jewish home is a mother lighting the Shabbath candles. Interestingly, there are many women who do not observe the Sabbath, yet...

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What will people think?

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     People are "made up" of the multiple character traits engrained in their DNAs. Traits aren't good or bad, but are dependent on the...

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Escape My Childhood? Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck       I received an e-mail requesting advice for a common, possibly universal, problem. The woman lamented that her personal faults mimicked those of her...

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Evil Inclination

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe     When a person tries to make Teshubah (repent), but feels that his Yeser Hara' (evil inclination) is insurmountable, if he can overcome his...

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Escape My Childhood? Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck         When children complete this first stage, that of revisiting their parents as adults, they're now, hopefully, thinking of their parents...

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Escape My Childhood? Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     In order to "move on" from their childhood suffering, there are a few other areas of which people should be aware.   7) People...

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Writing Down Our Faults

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe     Rabbenu the Hida, Allaw Hashalom, writes in Mahziq Berakha, that he has seen worthy men who, during the 10 days of repentance, would sit alone in...

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Being Honest With Our Beliefs: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      A common theme of mine centers on people who are spiritually hollow. These are the constantly increasing number of teenagers, and young adults, who have...

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Honest With Our Beliefs: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Determining the root cause is the starting point in relieving their frustration, and discomfort, with their beliefs, and their never ending racing...

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Rachel Immenu: Her Reward

By Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe       As is well known, our Rabbis of blessed memory tell us that Rahel Immenu, 'a"h, (Rachel), gave her sister Leah (Immenu,...

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Being Honest With Our Beliefs: Part 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck           Why is it that when life, in general, is difficult, those difficulties overlap into questions about religion? My theory is that...

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Power Of Speech

By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe     Merits and Pitfalls of Public Speaking The ability to speak in public and influence people is a great G-d-given blessing. Surely the reward is...

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Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Twersky

By Rabbi Yehoshua BermanThe following is part 1 of a tribute I wrote about my beloved teacher, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, in the wake of his brutal murder last week.  Next week, G-d willing, I will...

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Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Twersky 2

By Rabbi Yehoshua Berman      Rabbi Twersky was an amazing person.  In a certain sense, a study of contrasts.  He was a descendent of a...

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Support A Weak Argument: Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     I once read that that someone looked at the speaking notes of the great speaker Winston Churchill. Written on the side of one of his pages in bold letters...

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Support A Weak Argument: Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     The list of "props" to support a weak argument is endless, and I'm sorry for burdening the reader with so many examples. I'm doing it...

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Support A Weak Argument 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     Before applying the techniques which I'll describe in the next few paragraphs, people must assess whether their manipulator is healthy, somewhat...

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Black or White

Rabbi Shmuel Gluck        There's a group of people who see the world in "black and white". They see everything as being all good, and it's always a good...

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When Caring Hurts Us:Part 1

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck  I received the following e-mail question:   Hello hope your keeping well? Just wanted to ask - you know when ppl tell you stuff that is upsetting let's say...

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When Caring Hurts Us:Part 2

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck      Yes this is what I wanted. I just feel that I always have the lowest level of control I have to watch my family and let them get on with their...

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I'm Not Okay, and I'm Okay With That

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck   A friend of mine recently shared with me an epiphany that he had. Like all of us, he's grappled with a personal weakness for many years. What he finally...

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Middle Class: Part 1

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck     I once read a book review of a book with the same title as this article. The title referred to the changes in the financial...

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Middle Class: Part 2

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck      Last week's article, titled the disappearance of the middle class, focused on the concern that many teenagers haven't been given, or haven't...

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A Sefira Thought

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   A Sefira Thought   Most people under pressure generally react in one of two ways. Some can always handle more pressure, and...

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Damaged

By Rabbi Meir Orlian, Halachah writer for BHI        Menachem entered Sofer’s Sefarim Store. “I’d like a sefer on the laws of Pesach that’s...

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Mentoring Mistakes:Part 1

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I've been thinking a lot about why some mentors have much better "end products", than do others, and I've "come up" with several points...

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Mentoring Mistakes:Part 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck       4) I've found that people can't be effective at "fixing" other people unless, somewhere within their multiple...

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Living the Life of a Talmid Chochom

By Shmuel Gluck     Shavuos is the Yom Tov in which people have an opportunity, and responsibility, to find a greater appreciation for the Torah and Hashem. The correct...

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The Wedding Near Gaza

By R' Eli Scheller    Jeeping along the Syrian border, hiking through the forests of the Golan, dining on the finest kosher food in Israel’s four star restaurants, attending a...

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As We Get Older ....

By Shmuel Gluck   A friend of mine has a nephew who was demonstrating at-risk behavior. In search of a solution, the worried parents made multiple calls to numerous people. They...

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Growth Amid The Distractions

By Rabbi Shmuel GluckThis article was an e-mail response to a friend who's always looking to grow but, as with many people, becomes sidetracked by daily distractions. As with most people, he...

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In Defense of our Schools: Part 1

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   As the school year is coming to an end, many parents are assessing their children's performance and the performance of their...

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In Defense of our Schools: Part 2

By Rabbi Shamuel Gluck   4) Since people are unable to know what to expect from others at any given time, they're often unrealistic and ask for too much or too little. Applying that...

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Raising the Bar Beyond the Average Person's Reach

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Since High school and post High School interviews are looming in the coming weeks for both boys and girls, this article intends to help parents decide which are the...

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The Control We Have Over Each Other

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   The unseen forces in people's lives, the intangibles, control more of their lives than people believe. For example, people's moods may be undetected by...

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The Dangers of Living Life in the "Middle of the Road"

By Shmuel Gluck    This article is an expansion of a question from a couple who've been married for a few years and were wondering what would be an appropriate amount of secular...

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Thought in our Everyday Lives: Part 1

By Shmuel Gluck   With increasing frequency, I'm being asked questions on the subject of Emunah, although the questions aren't specific. They're questions coming from people who...

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Thought in our Everyday Lives: Part 2

By Shmuel Gluck   I learned many things from the e-mail mentioned in last week's article, including:   1) Teenagers, are often more sincere than adults, and they can't...

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Thought in our Everyday Lives: Part 3

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck Some people may say that they do think; however, there are different levels of thought. Many people...

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Thought in our Everyday Lives: Part 4

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Why should thought matter when people do acts of kindness for others? Shouldn't the only concern be whether the recipients gained from the acts? Although this may...

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Understanding and Responding to Angry, but Otherwise Wonderful, Children: Part 1 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I've been contacted by many families, recently, who share the same dilemma, which I'll describe shortly. While I've come across similar cases in the past,...

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Understanding and Responding to Angry, but Otherwise Wonderful, Children: Part 2 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   4. Some parents have an approach to their children which can be seen as suffocating and controlling. However, since it's only slightly more intense than...

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Understanding and Responding to Angry, but Otherwise Wonderful, Children: Part 1 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Before I describe the techniques, parents must be aware of the following five points:   1) If the child is very...

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Why Don't People Act on What They Know to be True?

By Shmuel Gluck   When I finish speaking to people, they often leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what their next step should be. The problem addressed may have been emotional,...

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What's Required to Create a True Friendship?

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   This article is a Yomim Noroim message. At first glance, it may seem to discuss my thoughts of true friendship between peers. Nevertheless, the...

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Parshas Vayigash - What is Your Currency?

 By Rabbi Benzion Shaifer For 22 years Yaakov Avinu was in a state of mourning. His beloved son, the one who most closely followed in his ways, the one whom he envisioned as the leader of...

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Seeing "Through" Others - Part 1 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  Some people may be aware that I've a back yard which is commonly used as the neighborhood shortcut. I'm "okay" with that. I'm less okay with...

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Parshas Lech Lecha - Avraham's Tests

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz   Chazal tell us that Avraham Aveinu was given ten tests and passed them all (Avos 5:3). There is a matter of debate among the commentators as to how the tests are...

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Parshas Vayeirah - Moshiach's Heritage

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz  The Torah seems to devote inordinate attention to the origin of the nations of Moav and Amon. In great detail we are told that, in the aftermath of the...

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Parshas Chayei Sarah - Negotiations

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz  Parshas Chayei Sarah records two negotiations – that of Avraham with Ephron and the B’nai Ches for the purchase of the burial grounds in Chevron and...

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Parshas Vayishlach - Strangers at Home

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz  In light of the principle Ma’aseh Avos Siman L’Banim – events in the lives of the patriarchs foretell events in the lives of their children...

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Responding to the Media - Part 1

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz  As a rule, this column does not respond to articles in the press, especially those published in the New York Times. However, a recent guest submission by Yoram...

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Responding to the Media - Part 2

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz   Last week this column began an analysis of a recent New York Times article by Yoram Hazony, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the...

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Parshas Vayigash - G-d Undercover

By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz  Parshas Vayigash concludes with a lengthy recounting of Yosef’s successful management of the Egyptian famine relief program. Holding a monopoly of supplies,...

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Seeing "Through" Others - Part 2 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  This article is a continuation of last week's article. Parts of it were sent to a married couple to improve their communication; however, to some degree, it applies...

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PARSHAS MIKEITZ - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

  I wear various hats, albeit not at once. A few weeks ago, they all merged, although thankfully they did not collide. After Shabbos when I wear my “Rabbi hat” (it’s one...

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Seeing "Through" Others - Part 3 of 3

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  Point four is to remember that marriage gets more complicated as a result of the multiple "side shows" going on in our heads and house. We don't admit our...

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The Difference Between Unwilling and Unable: Part one

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck People often have expectations of those with whom they interact. Parents have expectations of their children, and children have of their parents. Those expectations are...

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Parshas Ki Savo - New Year

  By Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz   The central theme of this week’s Parsha is the Tochacha, the blessings, and curses that are consequences of our observance or non-observance...

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The Difference between Unwilling and Unable: Part two

 By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  4) No one knows what goes on in other people's minds. They aren't aware of the insecurities, past failures, emotional scarring, and resentments that hold...

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Parshas Va’era 5776 - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

Periodically at a simcha the waiter will give the guests a choice about what kind of soup they would like. When the waiter asks me if I would like vegetable soup or broccoli soup, I often reply...

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Parshas Yisro – Rabbi’s Musings (& Amusings!)

Among the vast collection of jokes that I have heard from my father over the years is the following: There was once a British fellow, a rich American, an Indian, an imbecile, and an Israeli...

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Making Decisions When You Lack Information - Parshas Yisro

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  I often find myself forced to make decisions without having all of the facts. In many of those cases, the facts that I know were given to me by people who aren't...

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“THE EAR THAT HEARD” - PARSHAS MISHPATIM 5776

By Rabbi Dani Staum    I have studied many times The marble which was chiseled for me— A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor. In truth it pictures not my destination...

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Beginning Chinuch With WHY (Part 1 of 4)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  There's an urgent need to explain "why", more often than we do. We must explain why, when teaching Mitzvohs, when conveying their beauty and, in general,...

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Parshas Terumah - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

While standing and davening at the Kosel Hama’aravi last week I was reminded of the following anecdote I had once heard: An elderly man who was attending an NFL game one Sunday afternoon...

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Beginning Chinuch With WHY: Part 2 of 4

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  4) The next generation will receive little motivation to continue to live a religious life, if their parents can't offer any compelling answers to the WHYs,...

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The Tale of the Clever One and the Simple One

Excerpted from "The Garden of Wisdom" By Rabbi Shalom Arush  Everyone wants to know the Tale of the Clever One and the Simple one.         A...

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Parshas Tetzaveh - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

Do you know who really knows everything? The cab drivers in Eretz Yisroel. If you don't believe me just ask them. Actually, you don't have to ask them, they'll tell you...

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Beginning Chinuch with WHY: Part 3 of 4

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   However, people shouldn't believe that if they do a great job of explaining a sensitive topic, that their children/students, will immediately "jump on...

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Beginning Chinuch With Why, A Five Part Series Part 4 Of 5

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck There are two additional topics that I'd like to discuss with regard to explaining WHY to others. I've found that I can do a better job of parenting,...

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Parshas Vayakhel-Shekailm - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

I spend my afternoons in the warm environs of Mesivta Ohr Naftoli in New Windsor, NY, where I am the Principal of the Secular Studies department. Once a week the students of each grade have the...

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Beginning Chinuch With Why, A Five Part Series Part 5 Of 5

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck Assuming that you had the conversation with her, and she accepted your points, she'll hopefully have given her own examples of things that work, even...

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Dealing With Anger In "Real Time" Part One Of Two

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  When people are angry, really angry, it may be difficult for them to know what to do at that moment. Adults who observe what's happening probably have a...

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Dealing With Anger In "Real Time" : Part Two Of Two

3) When it isn't possible to respond in a manner that appears natural, because what's taking place is obvious to everyone within 50 feet of the angry person, then the tone of voice, and...

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Parshas B’Shalach - People Believe What They Want to Believe

By Rabbi Bentzion Shafier “And Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and HASHEM moved the sea with a strong eastern wind all the night, and He turned the sea to damp land and the...

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Being right isn’t always the goal

By Rabbi Naphtali Hoff “The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better.” ~ William P. Leahy In his book, “The Seven Habits...

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Tell It To The Marines

A True Story By Rabbi Nachman Seltzer            The Russian was a big guy, that was the first thing I noticed. The next thing I realized was that...

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The Laws of Sitting Near, Standing,or Passing Before an Individual Who Is Praying

By Rabbi Gabi Elbaz Sitting Within Four Amot of One Who is Praying  Our Sages derived many laws pertaining to prayer from the incident recorded in the beginning of the book of Shmuel...

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USING OUR “TOOL VOICE BOX” CORRECTLY

By Sarah Yagudaev  How to speak so that people will listen? The human voice is the instrument we all play. It is the most powerful sound of all. Many people have the experience of when they...

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Orthodontics : Early Treatment

By Dr. Solomon  When is the best time to begin orthodontics?  Orthodontics can enhance a smile at any age, however there is an optimal time period to begin treatment.  Beginning...

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5 Common Parenting Mistakes

  By Slovie Jungreis-Wolf  Here are five of the most common mistakes parents make. With more awareness, we can work on avoiding them. 1. Bubble-Wrapping Kids Children require...

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Should Report Cards Be (Brutally) Honest?

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck I was recently asked whether, or not, I believed that teachers should present an accurate description of how well their students were doing in school, in their report...

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Parshas Shemini/Parah - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

By Rabbi Dani Staum  Our Sages relate that the Torah is concerned with the money of the Jewish people. I feel that this is readily apparent from the fact that each holiday uniquely benefits...

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Inconsistent Messages, Inconsistent Results

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Parents often ask me for advice, when they find themselves in difficult situations. Sometimes I have a plan for them; at other times, I can only offer them a thought...

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Helping Those People Who Seem Unable To Be Helped: Part 1 Of 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I recently spoke to someone about a mutual friend. I mentioned that our friend would call me on several consecutive days, asking for advice. Then, suddenly, he would...

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Parshas Metzora/Hagadol 5776 - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

The newfound unwritten law that has evolved in recent years is that shalach manos delivered on Purim must have a theme. The theme must directly connect between the costumes worn and the contents of...

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Helping Those People Who Seem Unable To Be Helped: Part 2 Of 2

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    Instead of allowing outdated survival techniques to direct thoughts, and conclusions, people should qualify their decisions with the following tests:  ...

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How To Succeed When One's Life Seems Destined For Failure

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Why do some people find themselves without the necessary tools to be able to serve Hashem as much as they want to? Why do some serious frum boys and girls, find...

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"How Do I Become A Yiras Shomayim, One Who Fears Hashem?" (Part 1 of 2)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   This is how the question was presented to me. Every boy, and girl, who seems to have lost his/her way has the potential to, and almost all do, come back to their...

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"How Do I Become A Yiras Shomayim, One Who Fears Hashem?" (Part 2 of 2)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck     4) People are funny. When they make a mistake, they distance themselves from it. They do it to avoid labeling themselves as insensitive, incapable, or...

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Parshas Behar - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

Living in the vicinity of New York City affords us the opportunity to frequently travel across bridges traversing the Hudson and East Rivers. Traveling to the Five Towns entails crossing the George...

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Why Should People Want To Be Selfless?

 By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   In a recent article I wrote:   "There's one constant that distorts people's value systems, and that's objectivity, the ability to...

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Parshas Bechukosai - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

As technology becomes increasingly faster and more convenient, we expect to be able to do more and have more in less space. But everything has its limits. A few months ago, I opened my email only...

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But I'm Only Human

By R' Shmuel Gluck   People often speak about changing and becoming better. Their decision to grow may be motivated by an unhappiness of who they've become. It may be because they...

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Parshas Naso - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

During my youth, my personal hero was the popular Jewish singer Avrohom Fried. As a member of Tzlil V'zemer Boys Choir I enjoyed the fact that we had a number of concerts in which we performed...

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Half Rental

  By Rabbi Meir Orlian, Halachah writer for BHI STORYLINE Moshe and Aharon had learned in Eretz Yisrael for a year and shared a furnished apartment. Their lease ran through July,...

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When MY Rights Conflict With Yours

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Everyone has a list of what they consider unalienable rights. Those are rights that they believe they deserve, regardless of the time, place, and/or needs...

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Parshas Beha'aloscha - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

 In the middle of the summer two years ago, I traveled from Camp Dora Golding in East Stroudsburg, PA, to New Windsor, NY to meet with the Rosh Yeshiva and Menahel of Mesivta Ohr Naftoli to...

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Parshas Shelach - Rabbi's Musings & Amusings

  Another great camping season has begun. Yesterday, the busses pulled into camp, and smiling campers lugging soda, water, and hockey sticks jumped off happily. The 156 lush acres of Camp...

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Parshas Korach - Rabbi's Musings (& Amusings)

  Years ago, there was a time when my older brother was into learning and performing magic tricks. During that time, on one occasion my parents took our family to a magic store. The owner...

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Inconsistent Behavior

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck People are very often critical of others. One common criticism will be discussed in this article. Parents sometimes describe to me their children's inconsistent...

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Parshas Chukas - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

 Last week, Rabbis Noach Sauber and Hersh Kasirer, the learning directors at Camp Dora Golding, launched what they called the “Say Thank You” program. Rabbi Sauber introduced the...

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Accepting That "It" Will Take Time

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck  When I was younger I couldn't imagine undertaking a project that would take longer than a month to complete. Anything longer, to me, meant that it...

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Life As We DON'T Know It

 By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck This article originated as an e-mail to a teenager. Its value has a broader appeal and also applies to many adults. I'd like the readers to think of their own...

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Continuing The Personal Battle For Growth

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   This is a recent email sent to me by a young mother who wakes up every morning with the goal of growing but finds every day to be as challenging as the...

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Parshas Pinchas - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

    It was an experience I hope no one ever has. It was a Motzei Shabbos at the end of October in 2004. We were living in the Blueberry Hill Apartments complex with our almost...

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PARSHAS PINCHOS - “WHO’S DOING FOR WHO”

By Rabbi Dani Staum   The following story was written by Rabbi Binny Freedman[1]:  “A number of years ago, I met a wealthy businessman from Caracas, Venezuela who was spending...

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Can One Get TOO Excited About Doing A Mitzvah

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   People frequently do things wrong, with the same energy, and fervor, of people who perform Mitzvahs. They do it because they believe that what they're...

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Parshas Matos-Masei - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

This week as Chani was getting ready to leave for her scheduled doctor's appointment, our almost three year old son, Dovid, said to her: "You no need to go Doctor, Mommy. I give you kiss...

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Analyzing A Problem Before Solving It (Part One)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck I was approached, twice, this week by parents with similar circumstances. I responded to both in similar manner. Although the approach focused on parents with very young...

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Parshas Devarim - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

Earlier this week someone forwarded me a touchingly beautiful and masterfully produced video, entitled "Letting Go". Narrated by Rabbi Yoel Gold, it depicts the incredible story of a man...

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Parshas Va'eschanan - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

  During the summer of 1991, I was a camper in the intermediate division of Camp Dora Golding. One day, I got off my bed and began walking across my bunkhouse when I stepped on something that...

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Analyzing A Problem Before Solving It (Part Two)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck:   After my two introductions, I asked the parents the following question: "Which of the following three possible causes, do they believe, is the primary driving...

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Parshas Eikev - Rabbi's Musings & Amusings

It's been a gratifying and enjoyable, yet exhausting summer season. And now after eight wonderful weeks at Camp Dora Golding, we have returned home. It takes a few days before I can sit and...

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Parshas Re’eh - Rabbi's Musings & Amusings

On a Sunday afternoon a number of years ago, my in laws were visiting us from Lakewood, and we went to a local pizza shop here in Monsey for lunch. As soon as we walked in I detected an...

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How Real Is Real?

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck:    I often speak to pairs of people, such as married couples, roommates, or friends, when they're having an argument. I listen to both sides, and realize that...

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Parshas Shoftim - Rabbi's Musings & Amusings

It’s fascinating how new words are constantly being added to our lingo, based on the advancements of technology. People casually speak about doing things that would have made no sense just a...

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Parshas Ki Seitzei - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

The following is an addendum to last week’s Musings. I am including (in italics) last week’s Musings, followed by the addition It’s fascinating how new words are constantly being...

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Parshas Ki Savo - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

It’s something we probably don’t appreciate enough. It’s a wonderful thing to be part of a community that is so eager to perform acts of chesed for each other. In times of...

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Parshas Nitzavim - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

         Nothing these days seems to be simple. Simple is too boring for us. So everything has to have a lot of fanfare and become a big production. This...

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Rosh Hashana - Rabbi's Musings & Amusings

Although I have lived in Monsey for most of my life, I am not a Monsey native. My formative years were spent living in the legendary Lower East Side of Manhattan. Until I was eight years old, we...

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Hoshanah Rabbah - Rabbi's Musings (& Amusings)

"Abba, the power is out in half of the rooms upstairs!" While trying to prepare derashos for Rosh Hashanah, that's not what I wanted to hear. But I headed upstairs to try to figure...

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PARSHAS BEREISHIS - “HOLD ON”

By R' Dani Staum from Stam Torah          Rabbi Emanuel Feldman relates the story about a Jewish adolescent who was raised by his irreligious...

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Parshas Bereishis-RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

On Simchas Torah morning, after the Kiddush ended, I carried our three-year-old son Dovid beneath the canopy spread atop the bimah, for Kol Hane’orim (the special Aliyah for all children who...

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Who Do Some People Try SO Hard To Succeed & Still Fail?

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck:   I speak to many people who try so hard to succeed in life. Many become tired of trying, and tell me that even more than their desire to succeed, they want their life...

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Parshas Noach - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

One of the most exciting aspects of Yom Tov is the preparation during the days beforehand. Don’t get me wrong - I don’t like schlepping, shopping, and cleaning. But I love the...

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My World - Their World

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I, recently, had an incident with a teenager who stopped calling me by my name, when he became upset with me. Instead, when he speaks to my staff, he refers to me as...

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Lech Lecha - A Giant in Generosity

By Rabbi Label Lam   And Sarai said to Avram, "Behold now, HASHEM has restrained me from bearing; please come to my handmaid; perhaps I will be built up from her." And Avram...

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Parshas Lech Lecha - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

Mr. Irwin Cohen, writes a column in the Jewish Press, entitled “The Baseball Insider”. In one article, he related a personal experience from October 8, 1956. At the time, he was a ninth...

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Some People Choose Not To Respond Effectively; Others Can't

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck    Many people tell me that when their children, who are younger than 6 years old, are asked to sit quietly for a few short minutes, as a punishment, they "go...

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Parshas Vayera - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

These thoughts are lovingly dedicated in memory of my Savta, Mrs. Minnie Staum, Shprintza bas Avrohom Yitzchok a’h, whose yahrtzeit is Friday, 17 Cheshvan....

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Parshas Chayei Sarah - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

No one was complaining about the weather last week in New York, especially last Shabbos. Sixty degrees with bright sunshine in mid-November is well above the average temperature for this time of...

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Parshas Toldos - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

 My rebbe, Rabbi Berel Wein, related that shortly before he made Aliyah in 1997, he took some of his grandchildren to a Yankees game at the old Yankees Stadium.  It was a close game, and...

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Unity Amongst Arson

As Heard from Rabbi Yehoshua Alt Only in Israel!“In our area, the fires were just over the hill. They were so close that we could feel the heat, cough from the soot and ash, and hear the...

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Parshas Vayetzei - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

    For the last year and a half, I have had the privilege to post a brief video entitled “Instant Inspiration” on Torahanytime.com weekly. In last week’s video, I...

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Doing Instead Of Being

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I know several people who, recently, went to Eretz Yisroel, in order to be in Chevron for Shabbos Parshas Chayay Soro. Many people make the trip, and leave their...

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A Request To Help Someone Appreciate Davening

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I recently received this e-mail I used to Daven from my heart Now I don't feel emotion, I don't Daven pleadingly, although I know deep down Hashem is right...

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Parshas Vayishlach - “RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

Last Shabbos, the President of our shul, R’ Yossi Goldman, reminded the kehilla that Sunday evening would be December 4th, and we would begin reciting v’sayn Tal Umatar in the...

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Why Doesn't' Everyone Think Like I Do? (Part 1 Of 2)

 By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I was driving my car, when the car ahead of me slowed as it approached an intersection, and both cars were "stuck" behind a "fresh" red...

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Parshas Vayeshev - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

I want to tell you a little about Fishel. Everybody admired Fishel. It’s safe to say that most people were envious of Fishel, and the life he lived. What an amazing and perfect life it...

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Why Doesn't' Everyone Think Like I Do? Part 2 Of 2, Living Life In A Bubble

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   One of the challenges that Mechanchim face is that for the majority of their day, they're surrounded by people who look up to them, seek their sage advice and,...

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Parshas Mikeitz

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck In Paraoh's dream of the 7 years of prosperity, he saw cows which were Va'tir'e'nu Bo'o'chu. The Targum translates those words as...

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Parshas Miketz, Rosh Chodesh Teves - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

 It was definitely one of the most unique gifts I ever received. Since it was given to me, I am hardly ever apart from it. This may sound funny, but when it’s with me I constantly feel...

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Returning Home

By Idan Avni People can change. Meet Avraham Sinai -- a former Shi'ite from Lebanon who converted to Judaism. Avraham Sinai's story is difficult to understand. Born 42 years ago in...

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Beliefs Don't Have To Be True, To Be True To Us:

 By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Many people feel overwhelmed and, therefore, stressed. The details in the following e-mail were removed because they painted too specific a scenario, My intent...

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Parshas Vayigash - Rabbi's Musings (& Amusings)

One morning this past summer, I looked at my watch and noticed that the pin which represented the number 3 (my watch doesn’t have actual numbers) had become dislodged and was rolling around...

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Parshas Vayechi - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

When I was a graduate student at Fordham University working towards my Masters in Social Work, a fellow student offered me a piece of advice: If you have the option, try not to have a professor who...

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Feeling Under Siege

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck      As most of my readers know, Areivim has started a new community, in Hillburn, N.Y. a few minutes from Monsey. In doing this, we're faced with the...

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Parshas Vayechi

Yakov asks Yoseph to swear that he'll bury him in Eretz Yisroel. Only after Yoseph swears does Yakov explain to him why he didn't bury his mother, Rochel, in Eretz Yisroel. If Yakov was...

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Parshat Shemot - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

We still often find ourselves asking aloud if we really had twins a little over 16 weeks ago. Beautiful as they are ba’H, caring for twins is a tremendous challenge. Thankfully we have had...

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People's Attitude Towards Money

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   The following was my response to an e-mail from a family who was having a difficult financial situation.   You have to get a healthier perspective of money,...

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Parshas Va’era - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

This past Friday, Chani was heading to the library with our children. Being on vacation from my rebbe position at Ashar, I tagged along. (“So Rabbi, what did you do during midwinter...

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People's Attitude Towards Money (Part 2 Of 2)

  By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   My recent article discussing money wasn't intended to be a two part article. However, your response to it was greater than usual and, therefore, it...

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A Dvar Torah on Parshas Va'eira

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   Moshe Rabbeinu responds to Hashem's instruction to go to Pharaoh and tell him to free Klal Yisroel, by saying, Mi Onochi Ki Eileich El Pharaoh, who am I that...

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The Perfect Baal Habos

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   I often tell parents that raising children requires more effort from their personal behavioral, skills, than from their Chinuch skills. Having admirable personal...

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Jews- a people to admire

By Rabbi Yehoshua Alt New haven for Jews: East Asia, where they are widely revered Amid the global financial crisis however, hostilities towards the Jews have been on the rise. The...

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From Egyptian to Defender of Israel

By Rabbi Yehoshua Alt   Hussein Aboubakr Mansour, 27, was born to a Muslim banking family in Cairo, Egypt, and today is a self-proclaimed Zionist. He endured brutal torture in his homeland...

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Trump’s Shul

By R. Collins   Even today, after Donald Trump has already been inaugurated as president of the United States, many pundits are still trying to figure out how it happened. How did the man...

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Parshas Beshalach - Shabbas Shirah – Tu B’Shvat -RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

This past Friday morning, after I made my morning coffee, I headed down to my basement office to learn, as I do every morning. About ten minutes after I sat down at my desk, I heard the...

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Parshas Yisro - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

  Jim Gaboardi is an 89-year-old, former post man, from Danbury, Connecticut, currently living in a local nursing home. While his granddaughter was visiting him recently, the mail was given...

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Parshas Mishpatim/Shekalim - RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)

Three of our children have had food allergies throughout their lives. The earliest indication of the allergies, was from eczema that developed on their skin during late infancy. Of course,...

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Thoughts of a Disillusioned Jew (Part 1 of 3)

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   This ongoing dialogue is between me and a friend who's been "grappling with religion" over the last few years. He comes from a non-religious family, and...

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