Monthly Archives: May 2012

Our Life Transcribed Into Song?

I am so happy Sefira is over – is everyone with me on this – I just can’t survive without my music.  Something about my soul needs its melodies.  I think it is partly genetic.  My father lived his whole … Continue reading

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Sober Cold Enjoyment –ahhh. Shabbos Kodesh

One of my baalas teshuva buddies told me an insightful story about her journey to full observance.  When she first began learning about what it means to be a Jew, she hit a roadblock.  She was quite a hippy girl; … Continue reading

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Yiftach’s Mistake and Pinchas’ Lack of Leadership

A man named Gilad had a son with a prostitute.  The child was named Yiftach.  Now Gilad was a married man who had Yiftach through an affair.  His legitimate wife had children, too, and those children weren’t happy about having … Continue reading

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Please Pray for Rav Yerachmiel Shlomo Hakohen ben Raizel

Today, we’ll do something a bit different, because the Rosh Yeshiva of Mountaindale, Rabbi Rothenberg, needs your prayers for a recovery.  I am going to introduce you to this man through a letter one of his students wrote when the … Continue reading

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Mee La’Hashem Aylay — Do You Recognize Your Fellow Foot Soldiers?

“Kindelech,” said my father, “you know during wars they sometimes send troops over into enemy land to spy or do errands there…”  We children settled in to hear the fascinating account of how spies communicate with each other.  My father … Continue reading

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