The Six Day War Doctrine

05/24/2017 09:43:23 AM

May24

It is most remarkable that in less than thirty years, the Jewish people suffered one of the most horrendous acts of destruction, as well as one of the most miraculous acts of salvation.

In the 1940’s it was the Holocaust. In 1967 it was Israel’s victory of the Six Day War.

It is unfortunate that...Read more...

Just This One Time...

05/19/2017 01:42:15 PM

May19

I began an experiment in human behavior a few weeks ago, and I’m proud to say that its failure was a great success! As a disclaimer, I only observed one participant, but I’m quite confident that the data and results are conclusive. 

Many of us are challenged with keeping our spaces tidy. From our car,...Read more...

How To Make A Relationship Work

05/12/2017 01:45:21 PM

May12

Why do some friendships last longer, or remain more peaceful, than some marriages?

There are some obvious answers to this question. Marriages are more consuming and they require greater commitment. But there is a much more important answer, one which doesn’t reduce marriage to the...Read more...

Where Were You When Whatsapp Crashed?

05/05/2017 12:14:12 PM

May5

This week 1.2 billion people entered a state of panic. The popular Whatsapp digital message service experienced problems and went offline for a few hours. I’m hoping that most people have since recovered!

Which got me thinking…

As with everybody else, I too was inconvenienced...Read more...

A Time For Healing

04/28/2017 11:14:36 AM

Apr28

The other day a friend shared with me that he attended a class on the topic of Sefirat Haomer. The teacher was discussing the correlation between the 49 days of counting and the 49 Sefirot, which is described extensively in Kabbalistic teachings. But he walked away feeling that he hadn’t gained...Read more...

1 People Or 1 Heart?

02/17/2017 12:13:06 PM

Feb17

What attracts you to another person? What type of connection do you aim to create in a relationship?

One way to connect with another is by looking for common ground - similar interests, hobbies, lifestyle and values.

Another way to connect with another is by discovering a point within them that makes you...Read more...

The Gift Of Prayer

02/03/2017 12:36:04 PM

Feb3

It has been said that the greatest gift you can give your child is a sibling. To which I like to add, that an even greater gift is to give them a few siblings!

Yet there is another great gift you can give your child, and it is the gift of Prayer.

Yesterday I attended a Siddur party at the Scheck...Read more...

Everyone's Leader

01/20/2017 11:18:41 AM

Jan20

The world’s attention and fascination is currently focused on the inauguration of America’s new president.

The very next day after Mr. Trump will take the oath of office, Jews all over the world will gather in Synagogues and study the Torah portion of Shemot, which is a most timely reading...Read more...

In Search Of Joseph

01/13/2017 12:53:13 PM

Jan13

Some say that Jews should be insular and provincial. Others argue that Jews should be worldly and cosmopolitan. Who is right?

In the Torah's record of G-d's very first instruction to the first Jew Abraham, He tells him "Lech lecha" - go out from your homeland. The Midrash explains, that Abraham was...Read more...

The Solution Is In Front Of Your Eyes

01/06/2017 12:15:46 PM

Jan6

When things are going wrong in our lives, and when we feel like we are sinking further into the abyss each passing day, we are inclined to pray for a miracle, to ask from G-d that He completely change everything in order to produce more fortunate results.

But perhaps this approach is mistaken. G-d doesn’t...Read more...

Your Life In A Single Oil Flask

12/23/2016 10:04:05 AM

Dec23

The great miracle of Chanukah. A single flask of oil, capable of fueling candlelight for only 1 day, miraculously lasted for 8 days.

Apparently, the very finding of the 1 pure flask was in itself quite a surprise. The...Read more...

YOU IN ME - In honor of Shalom Bayit Shabbat

12/16/2016 12:11:40 PM

Dec16

This Shabbat has been dedicated by the Jewish Community Services (JCS) of Miami as Shalom Bayit Shabbat.

Shalom Bayit means different things to different people. Literally translated, it means A Peaceful Home. Loosely translated, it is a term that refers to the foundational Jewish values of marital harmony and a...Read more...

How To Prepare For My Son's Bar-Mitzvah?

11/18/2016 11:13:28 AM

Nov18

Dear Rabbi,

My husband and I are feeling nervous. Our firstborn son turns thirteen in 18 months, and we have no idea how to prepare for his Bar-Mitzvah. We've never done this before, and we want to do what's right and best for him.

Please help us - where should we begin?

Signed – A First Timer
 

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Don't Let Your Weakness Define You!

11/10/2016 11:50:50 AM

Nov10

Dear Rabbi,

I am scared. No matter the outcome of the elections, I am still very anxious for our country. We are a hugely divided nation; too many families suffer from financial instability; racism and bigotry seem to be more rampant; and the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

Things seem so messy, that I doubt any president is capable of cleaning things up. How can I find hope for my children's future?

Signed...Read more...

To Be Seriously Happy

11/03/2016 10:11:37 PM

Nov3

Dear Rabbi,

For the High Holy Days this year I joined your congregation for the first time. I really enjoyed the services, yet something struck me as peculiar. In every congregation I have ever attended, Kol Nidrei evening was always a solemn and somber affair. The atmosphere was hushed, tense and reflective. But at BDHLS the services evoked jubilance and festivity. The...Read more...

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