Archive for November 26, 2015

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5 Ways to Impress a Lubavitcher

BH When my husband and I decided to become observant, I was overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know. Memorizing a few key Hebrew and Yiddish phrases helped me feel like less of an outsider. I was also hoping to sound scholarly if any of our old friends asked what in the world compelled us to make this decision. (Hardly anyone inquired.) Today, everybody knows somebody who’s a Lubavitcher. If you want to engage in good discussion with one, and sound...

Are We There Yet?

BH I remember a song from my Sunday School days in Pittsburgh. It was called,”There Is a Mystic Tie.” The tune was the same as Hatikva, but they didn’t connect it with the state of Israel. I can’t imagine they still sing it; then again, I can’t imagine they ever sang it. I only remember the first two lines: There is a mystic tie that binds The children of the martyred race. The lesson was hauntingly clear: As a Jew, I...

Jewish Men Make Better Shluchim

BH I didn’t need to go to Crown Heights with the men in my family to the Kinus haShluchim (Chabad’s convention for male emissaries), but why not? These conventions are a huge nachas for me; I still get so excited over the whole idea of shlichus, official ambassadorship of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. And this year was no different. Even before I saw the first emissary with a convention badge swinging from around his neck, I was thrilled to be there. And that...

The Day I Finally Grew Up

BH It really isn’t my fault I was raised with a feeling of entitlement. I didn’t choose my surroundings and you can’t blame me for not wanting to change them. As far as I could see, it was a good thing that nobody was persecuted and nobody was poor. Which meant that my young classmates and I had more time to focus on the most important thing in the world, something we just assumed we had coming to us: the...