January 2018

New Year Resolutions

New Year’s Day is not Rosh Hashanah but adding a Jewish aspect to our New Year’s resolutions would certainly enhance them.  

How about lighting candles more consistently on Friday nights, attending services once a month, or maybe laying Tefillin weekly?   Perhaps such resolutions will increase the chances of staying on course.

This year, add a Jewish flavor to the secular New Year.



February 2018

The Dreamers

Jacob was a dreamer. Joseph was a dreamer.   Jacob dreamed of a ladder that connected heaven and earth.  And in the end, he himself was that ladder that connected our nation to G‑d. Joseph dreamed of being a leader.  And he ended up as the ruler of Egypt.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe once commented that the secret of Jewish survival was that we are dreamers.  Dreaming of a brighter future gave us the strength to endure all the suffering of the exile.

Never stop dreaming!



March 2018

The Russian Influence

Many wonder where Chabad takes its strength, dedication and unwavering commitment to enhancing Judaism in the far flung corners of the world.

Russia could rightfully be called the cradle of the Chabad movement for that is not only where it originated but the seventy years of communist oppression against Jewish life, was the “boot camp” for the Chabad Chassidim.

By the time the Rebbe embarked on the campaign to send emissaries all over the world, there were scores of Chassidim who were ready to join ‘The Rebbe’s Army’.


April 2018

Facebook 

The average Facebook user spends between 5 and 7 hours a week on Facebook but interestingly enough, many users report feeling sad after their time on this social media site.

I can’t tell you how many hours a week the average person spends studying the Bible, but I’ve been teaching Torah classes for over 25 years and can attest that after learning, people walk away uplifted and inspired.

How about ‘stealing’ an hour from your Facebook or other social media time, and spending this time studying the ‘Original Book.’ 

 


May 2018

A New Prince

Duchess Kate Middleton took over the news with the arrival of a 3rd child born to her and Prince William.  

The Talmud tells us that every Jew is  considered a royal prince, as it is written in the Torah, “You are children to G‑d.“ 

The fact that the Royal couple had 3 children may serve as an inspiration to the Jewish couples, who are all royalty, to follow suit.   

If the British Monarchy can afford to raise three kids, the King of all Kings can certainly provide for even more!