Archive for January 31, 2014

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The Boots at the Banquet

B”H “If you don’t have anything to write about, then don’t write this week.” That was the advice my daughter Elkie gave me when I told her I wasn’t sure what to write about. No thought, no experience, was compelling me to share it. Had I run out of inspiration? Would I have to throw away my new business cards? When I realized where those thoughts originated, I knew I had found my topic. I went to the Chabad women’s...

A Tree Grows in Pittsburgh

B”H Let’s see a show of virtual hands. Who here doesn’t want to be great? I’m thinking that even though we can’t see who admitted to wanting it, most of us fall into one of two categories: either we’re going for greatness or we’re trying to make peace with why we aren’t. A well-known story about Reb Zusha of Anipoli is a life lesson for all of us. Reb Zusha speaks about his arriving in Heaven and what he will...

The Annoying Rabbi Question

B”H It looks like I’ve arrived. My blog post about not shaking hands has officially annoyed someone I don’t know. I’m not sure how annoyed she is since I don’t know her, but she’s telling me her rabbi’s name (which I also don’t know)  and why he poskens (rules) that it’s okay for women to shake men’s hands, adding that if we are “more severe in our practice, that’s our own personal deal.” Definitely annoyed. Her rabbi has apparently come to...

What’s Bothering Them?

B”H This Shabbos is the tenth day of Shevat, known in the world of Chabad as Yud Shevat, the celebration of the day in 1951, when Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson became Rebbe. On Yud Shevat in 1989, my husband and I went to see the Rebbe in Crown Heights. We had been learning on a weekly basis with Rabbi Yisroel and Blumi Rosenfeld, the Rebbe’s head emissaries in Pittsburgh (whose daughter Rivkee would marry our son Mordy but not until...

The No Handshake Thing

BH “Why did you think he’d be interested in your blog?” my husband Zev and daughter Rivky asked incredulously as we left the Apple store. “Well, he asked me to repeat the name which is more than some people do.” I answered. You know how people are who work at Apple–smart, edgy. The gleam in Jon’s eye signaled there was a chance he might be interested in Jews and G-d. Probably not much of one but still a chance. Besides,...

The Most Powerful Woman in the World

  B”H Last Sunday night through Monday was a big day for G-d and me. It was the 27th of Teves, the anniversary of the day He and my parents brought me into the world. For that brief span of time, I was the most powerful woman in the world. Or should I say in my world, or even more specifically, in my inner world, the world of my soul, which is what  G-d infused into that little body of mine...