17 February 2017
The Holocaust twinning
ceremony last Friday night in shul was a moving moment not only for the
barmitzvah boys, but also for the entire congregation present. I hope
that the concept will bring the reality of the tradgedy to those who
may never meet a live survivor and have to rely on media to appreciate
the impact of the Holocaust on the Jews and the world.
13 November 2015
We are always aware of what is
happening in Israel. The EU has demanded that products from Yehuda and
Shomron be labeled as such. This is reminiscent of Nazi Germany when
shops were signed JUDE and the yellow magen dovid.
There are about 200 conflict areas in the world and the EU sees fit to target Israel.
Increase your support for Israel, buy Israeli products, call a friend or family in Israel and tell them we are thinking of them, dovening for them and supporting them as best we can.
23July 2015 -
7th in time for Tisha b'Av
“Don't hold on to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.”
― Leo Buscaglia
22July 2015 -
6th in time for Tisha b'Av
Contact someone you haven’t spoken to for a while. Make the call, reconnect.
21July 2015 -
5th in time for Tisha b'Av
Have you been rude or did you insult someone? Man up and apologize, even if you think you were right.
20 July 2015 -
4th in time for Tisha b'Av
If you know you did
nothing wrong, there is nothing to gain from endlessly rehashing the
relationship. All it will do is take time and energy away from your
loved ones, and make you perpetually unhappy
19 July 2015 -
3rd in time for Tisha b'Av
Speak to others as you would have them speak to you
18 July 2015 - Motzei Shabbat
“Learn this from me. Holding anger
is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon
that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade.
And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
16 July 2015 - Rosh Chodesh Av
1st in time for Tisha B'Av
15 July 2015
in interpersonal relationships contributed to the destruction of the
Beit Hamikdash. This series of trigger statements will help to identify
negative feelings and suggest ways to repair and restore damaged
relationships in time for Tisha B’Av. PG the unity created will
engender positive spiritual energies and hasten the building of the 3rd
Watch out for the First one on Thursday evening Rosh Chodesh Av
5 February 2015
The world seems to be at unrest. Conflicts
and tension are increasing. There is a definate need to counter this
negative energy in the spiritual realms and to be prepared to prevent
Prayer, Torah study and unasked for acts of kindness can do wonders for personal and global calm.
I am ready to discuss these matters as well as prevention of personal harm and communal protection.
14 August 2014
This week has been fraught with a lot of antisemitic reporting, accusations and threats.
Truth will endure and we, as Jews need to maintain a clear and strong position.
The Muslims have managed to turn the truth around and the rest of the world conveniently accepts their version. It has been said that what happens to the Jews, will happen to the Christians.
Stand fast, stand together and we will endure.
3 July 2014
Our hearts go out to the
familes of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar on the murder of
their dear sons. We feel their pain and hope and pray that they have
the strength and courage to endure their loss.
I hope that those who have the power to protect Jews will not speak about protection, rather do what has to be done to ensure the safety of all Jews, for we are a nation that dwells alone with only the Al-mighty and ourselves to rely on.
26 March 2014
A lesson in humility
This past Shabbat, a gentile guest arrived late for the barmitzvah. He walked quickly over to the barmitzvah boy, wished him mazaltov and in a crouched postion, moved quickly to his seat.
After shul I thanked him for coming and explained
that he taught me (and anyone else who was saw him) a lesson in
humilty. He didn't walk into shul slowly, go over to the barmitzvah
family and engage in conversation, hugs and back slapping. He knew he
was late (he told me so) he was embarrassed (he told me so) and did not
want to disturb the service. Oh that we were so sensentive.
13 Feb 2014
Dare to be different.
Challenge family and friends to do random acts of kindness, rather than random acts of destruction.
There is too much negative energy in the world generated by stress, anger and depression to name a few.
Be one the bold people and turn it around. Positive people doing positive deeds attract positive and productive energies that influence and affect the world around.
Pay it forward.
Are we listening?
What is said is
not always what is heard. Many fortunate people had a moment with the
Kalever Rebbe. He gives everyone a brocho, some general, some specific
and then offers guidance and advice. Those who listened and heard
what he said went away feeling uplifted and motivated. Some
unfortunately did not listen to what he said, they heard what they
wanted to hear. They did not hear his brochos, only his advice and that
rattled them. His intention and motivation to do what he does is pure
and holy. Accept it for what it is.
to what people say, ask for confirmation that you what you heard is
what they said. It will make for better relationships and positive
Have you made the call?
Is there someone you have
been meaning to call but you just can't get it done? The thought of
making the call, the reponse that you think you are going to get
prevents you from dailing the number? I made a call after many years, I
got a real negative response, wait for it... after a few minutes
a text and then my reply, an apology for the negative outburst and a
reconciliation. I feel a whole lot better, like a weight has been
lifted off my shoulders. I hope your dialogue will bear similar fruits.
Build a Bridge
On Monday evening at the Halacha shiur, we learnt a shattering interpretation of making good on bad relationships. We ussually understand that issues between man and G-d are just that. Issues between man and his fellow are only forgiven by G-d after we have sorted them out with our fellow. The shattering interpretation is that G-d does not deal take notice of our issues with Him (between man and G-d) until we have reconciled the issues between man and his fellow. Lets do our best to enter Rosh Hashono with a clean slate and the comfort of knowing that G-d will listen because we have made the effort to clear up the matters that concern us and our fellows.