July 2024
The Ohel                       

On July 9th, the 30th Yarhtzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, I will be in N.Y to visit his resting place, “The Ohel.”

It is an age-old tradition to pray at the gravesite of the righteous, asking them to beseech G‑d on our behalf.  The Rebbe, who spent his entire life caring for each and every Jew, continues to do so afterlife as well.

 Just as people put notes in the Kotel wall, so too thousands worldwide send personal letters and requests to be placed at the graveside.  I will be happy to take a note for anyone that wishes – just drop it off at Solon Chabad.



June 2024
Don’t Argue – CONNECT!

Since Oct. 7th, many of us find ourselves arguing with our fellow Jews to defend Israel. We feel that if they would just know the facts, then they would change their mind.

But my friends, rarely will you meet someone that changed their mind because you proved to  them that you are right. Very few people are ready to admit that they were wrong!

So what’s the alternative?  Engage them in Jewish action – rituals that will strengthen their connection to their own heritage. The more they will be emotionally connected to Judaism, the better chances there are for them to feel the pain of our brethren in Israel.

Just give it a try.


May 2024
We Need Each Other

The chaos on the college campuses across the USA has brought the Oct 7th war to our doorpost.

In the past, some of us thought the war is not our problem – it is across the ocean.   And there were others in Israel, who were of the opinion that antisemitism is a Diaspora issue. By now, we can agree that we are all in the same boat.

History has proven that the only way we can succeed and thrive is when we have each other’s back!


April 2024
New Torah for Hostage

It’s close to six months since the Oct 7 tragedy, and there are still hostages being held in Gaza.  Solon Chabad will be writing a new Torah dedicated to all who lost their lives in the attack and for the safe return of the hostages.

Participating in the dedication of a new Torah brings extraordinary merit and 
blessings.

On April 19th we will inaugurate this historic journey and write the first words of the new Torah followed by a community Shabbat dinner. 

Please join us! 


March 2024
Tuition Free

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine just received 1 billion dollars – the largest gift ever given to a medical school in the U.S.  The sole purpose was to create a tuition free school.

In Judaism, this concept is not new.  The Talmud says, that just as G‑d taught the 
Torah to the Jewish people for free, so too Moses taught the Jewish people for free and in turn,  we too are expected to teach others for free.
   
In a perfect world, there would be no tuition in Jewish schools.  Hopefully this gift will inspire others to make Jewish education tuition free as it was meant to be. 

 


February 2024
Met at Sinai

Met at Sinai is not just the name of a dating site. It’s true for all of us.  Jewish tradition tells us that every Jewish soul was present at Mount Sinai when G‑d gave the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people.

 At Mount Sinai we became one family;  one people.  This explains our intrinsic
connection to each other.  When we meet a Jew, a stranger from the other
end of the world, there is an instant bond, a connection – we are family. 

Reading the news from Israel is not like a story that happens somewhere on the globe – it’s our brothers and sisters. It’s our story.  


January 2024
Chazak Chazak
The last Shabbat of 2023 is the week that we complete the Book of Genesis in the Synagogue. There is an age old tradition that every time one of the Five Books of Moses are completed, the congregation calls out loud, “CHAZAK CHAZAK V’NITCHAZEK.”

The words translate to “Be Strong, Be Strong and we will be strengthened,” We remind ourselves that the teachings of the Torah give us strength to overcome any and all challenges.

During these unsettling times, let us remind each other: Chazak Chazak V’nitchazek!