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’.