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Dear Readers, The land of Israel had always been dependent on rain for its sustenance. The Talmud shares stories of when a drought became so severe that communities undertook fasts to pray for the much-needed rain. Here are two stories where the people’s ...
Dear Readers, Have you ever experienced a challenging situation and found yourself saying, “G‑d! Please can You hug me? Show me that you love and care for me!” This week’s haftarah can classify as G‑d’s hug and perhaps we should bookmark it to read whenev...
Dear Readers, This Shabbat is Shabbat Nachamu, called by the first words of the day’s haftarah, prophetic reading, Nachamu, nachamu ami,“ Comfort, comfort My people … ,” consoling the Jewish people for our suffering during exile. This is the first of seve...
Dear Readers, We are now in the month of Av, approaching Tisha B’Av, the day when both Holy Temples were set aflame, we were dispersed to exile, and G‑d’s presence was no longer openly manifest. This is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. Here are thr...
Dear Readers, There’s an old joke: When you talk to G‑d, it is prayer, but when G‑d talks to you, you need a psychiatrist. But really, this is not necessarily so. There are many ways that G‑d talks to us. Sometimes, it is sign, a turn of events or a set o...
Dear Readers, Once, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev saw a man running breathlessly through the marketplace. “Why are you running?” he asked. “I am hurrying in pursuit of my livelihood!” “But why do you believe that your livelihood is in front of you? Pe...
Dear Readers, I like to use the term “intrinsic love” for the love that the Rebbe showed to all people. The Rebbe’s love for every Jew—no matter where he or she was at—was real and palpable. It was not a means to a goal; it was unconditional. Yet at the s...
Shabbat deLights is a collection of insights on the weekly Torah portion. Each week the reader will delight in concise and impactful essays rooted in the Biblical text, yet providing practical, empowering tools for dealing with contemporary life's many ch...
Dear Readers, Have you heard of the Giving Pledge? Created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, some of the wealthiest philanthropists around the world committed to give away the majority of their wealth to “help the world become a much better pl...
Dear Readers, Rebbi would say: “Which is the upright (yashar) path for man to choose? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind ... ” (Avot 2:1) At first glance, Rebbi’s teachings seem contrary to Torah. Aren’t we supposed...
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