Archive for July 28, 2016

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Got Guilt?

BH If you’re looking for the mothership of Jewish guilt, it can be found in our responsibility to rebuild the Third Temple, the Beis Hamikdash. Our Sages say that if we don’t witness its rebuilding, it’s as if we witness its destruction. The details of what happened almost 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, are gruesome and painful. And the tragedy continues, certainly in the sense that the Jewish nation...

Close Encounters of the Ba’al Teshuvah Kind

BH   “Wait, I think that’s the doctor!” Zev exclaimed as we hurried out of the car to try to stop him. I had never seen the doctor before but I  had heard all about him. He came to shul on Shabbos a few weeks ago for a Bar Mitzvah.  Zev told me how much he enjoyed their conversation, largely because the doctor was so interested in our Jewish journey. That doesn’t happen very often. Then again, the doctor came...

What I Held Back from the Rebbe

BH I sometimes wonder if other people see the color blue, or any color, the same way I do. And then I wonder how I would ever know. Why do I care? Because it boggles my mind how no two people are created exactly alike–right down to their perceptions. We perceive G-d according to who we are. And in the world of Lubavitch, our relationship with the Rebbe depends on who we are too. I didn’t like to admit this,...

My Struggle with Modesty

BH When I tell my daughter-in-law Devorah, who has only known me for five years, that I used to love to shop, she finds it hard to believe. I do, too. But my almost-nothing-new-in-it closet testifies that most of my clothes are hand-me-ups (inherited from my children) or vintage (ten years old or older). The good news is that my closet is full, so I have options. I do wonder though, why it took me so long to realize that just...