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Mendy Kaminker

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Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is a member of the Chabad.org editorial team and rabbi of Chabad of Hackensack.
Since the Simchat Torah massacre, I see many people having second thoughts about things they used to hold in high regard—idols of sorts.
Ariel's bar mitzvah is this week, and he is inspired by his Holocaust survivor grandfather.
The Rebbe quoted a famous Jewish idea that G-d is our “shadow,” reflecting our behavior. When we act joyously, He mirrors that joy back to us. Despite everything, we need—we must!—be filled with positive energy!
In honor of the 28th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing
I often hear people of all ages and stages share how they are "getting old." I've even heard this from people who just turned 30.
When we are not mindful of G‑d's existence, we lose trust in people.
Last week I met "Mike." We spoke about Passover and everything that comes with it (you know how it is! It's a lot of stress making sure all the preparations get done... .) Before I left, I offered to help him do the mitzvah of tefillin. "Rabbi, you know I...
We are so used to living in a world filled with pain and conflict that it is difficult to imagine one without it.
Like a loving parent who interacts with their infant through cooing and crooning, G‑d chooses to interact with us in our own “baby talk.”
Every time we encounter an imperfection, how shall we view it?
It dawned on me that this is exactly what the Rebbe envisioned. And I am so thankful to be part of that vision.
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