Archive for April 24, 2014

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A Little “Frozen” Goes a Long Way

BH “Frozen what?” That’s what my husband Zev asked on Tuesday night when the kids said they wanted to get “Frozen.” He thought maybe there was an ice cream store that had opened minutes after Pesach ended. In fact, the kids were looking to be entertained. “It’s an animated Disney movie!” came the protests when I questioned if it was a kosher product. (As in, of course Disney is kosher; everybody watches it!) But my senses had been sharpened. Eight days...

Why Is My Family Different from All Other Families?

BH What is it with Jews and food? My guess is that our preternatural preoccupation with our gastrointestinal tracts began with the holiday of Pesach. But it’s not surprising, given the Chassidic teaching that the whole purpose for G-d’s creating the world was to have a dira b’tachtonim, a dwelling place for Himself here in the lowest of all possible worlds. By using earthly elements (in this case, food) for holy purposes (trying to scrupulously observe the holiday of Pesach), we...

How I Treat My American Idol

BH If you have tuned in to the Chabad world within the last several weeks, you have probably heard about the tragic passing of Rashi Minkowicz, a 37-year-old mother of eight and Chabad emissary in Atlanta. She was scheduled to give a class in her home on Tuesday night, March 11th, but she had a terrible headache. She went to lie down and never woke up. For any number of reasons, Rashi’s passing has become a clarion call for Jews...

We Are All Out of Order

BH Last evening, my husband and I went on our first post-winter walk around the neighborhood and we bumped into another couple we have known for several years, Fern and Alan. “I love your blog!” was her enthusiastic greeting to me.” And I think last week’s was the best.” “I’m having trouble this week,” I confessed. I had started on more than one and nothing felt quite right. “I’ll tell you what to write about,” she said in that unique...