Chagim

YOUR BIGGEST LIE

YOUR BIGGEST LIE Purim There is a mysterious personality in the Purim Story. Hatach. A.k.a. Daniel, the Prophet. He was sent back and forth from Esther to Mordechai, to relay messages. Suddenly, Hatach disappears. Where did he go? According to the Midrash, Haman saw Hatach going back and forth, and he suspected that something fishy […]

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LAUGHOTHERAPY

   LAUGHOTHERAPY Hodesh Adar Humor is such a powerful tool. It can be used to do the worst things possible, like making a good, kosher, modest woman into a Sotah. (Sotah 7a) And it can do the best possible thing, like getting people interested in learning Torah. (Shabbat 30b) The Baal HaTanya (Chapter 7) writes how […]

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SUKKAH CONTRADICTION

SUKKAH CONTRADICTION Sukkot has some sort of paradox in it. On the one hand, we are to go out to the hut and live a temporary lifestyle for a week, to internalize the lesson of temporariness in this world. On the other hand, there is a concept of תשבו כעין תדורו – the sukkah needs […]

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THINGS vs. RELATIONSHIPS

THINGS vs. RELATIONSHIPS Sukkot There is a secret in happiness that is hidden in Sukkot. On Sukkot, we are commanded to be happy. But what if I am not? There is a mitzvah in Sukkot to make our families happy. There is a mitzvah on Sukkot to be happy with G-d. But what if I […]

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HOW TO BECOME RICH AND FAMOUS – GUARANTEED!

HOW TO BECOME RICH AND FAMOUS – GUARANTEED! Purim Megillah ends with a lesson to take with us throughout the year. But first, a bit of coaching. Here is a “gentile” definition of success, from one of the best master- coaches in the world. “Success is the ability to live your life the way you […]

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A LESSON FOR ALL LESSONS

   A LESSON FOR ALL LESSONS Purim /Tezaveh  the king removed the ring from his hand, and he gave it to Haman, the  enemy of the Jews. (Esther 3 10) Our Rabbis teach that this act, the removing of Ahashverosh’s ring, was the catalyst that made the Jews repent. Despite the fact that the threat of […]

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THANKS IN THE DARK

  THANKS IN THE DARK Parashat Vayeshev – Hanukkah   main theme on Hanukah is not the lighting of the candles. That is the Mitzvah, but not the theme. The theme is להודות ולהלל , to thank and praise G-d. We recite the full Hallel during Hanukah. But, why is Hanukah a time to be thankful […]

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THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO TRULY FORGIVE

THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO TRULY FORGIVE Yom Kippur our way back from Tashlich, a yeshiva student approached me with a touchy subject. I asked him if he believes in this Tashlich thing, that you can get rid of sin, do Teshuvah and become a new person. He said he did not believe that G-d lets […]

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ROSH HASHANA SURVIVAL KIT

ROSH HASHANA SURVIVAL KIT 8 year old daughter came back from school and brought home a beautiful concept.  Her Morah, her teacher, was displaying the Shofar to the class, showing them its shape, its colors. One end is thin, while the other end is wide. My daughter raised her hand from the back of the […]

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THE PURPOSE OF CREATION

THE PURPOSE OF CREATION Shavuot believes that the world happened on its own and has no purpose. He believes we are here to survive, to make the best of it. G-d believers, though, have a question to answer. What is the purpose of Creation? What is its meaning? There are a lot of answers. Every […]

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