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My emotional and intellectual struggle began four months ago when my dear son of 24 years unexpectedly passed away from a heart condition no one knew he had.
There is a particular feeling of delight when situations that start out rocky transform into meaningful and memorable experiences. Such was our trip to Los Angeles in 2008, after being lured into an infamous timeshare presentation where we were awarded a ...
My new name held a softness to it, yet lent strength to my effort to heal and begin to live life again as a whole, and wholly new, person.
“Rabbi,” the man said, scowling. “You have 10 minutes to prove to me that there is a G‑d.”
The constellation of Chassidic heroes is crowded with great men. Less well known are the great women, whose influence has rarely been documented.
It so happened that as I opened the stairwell door on one of the floors, I found myself in the ICU Unit . . .
I asked him how it was that two brothers from the same home turned out so differently. He replied, ‘It’s very simple. I had Rabbi Schochet as my teacher in junior high, my brother did not.’ ”
How fortunate we are that G-d, in his abounding kindness, wove the institution of nightly sleep into the fabric of our daily lives!
One day, as I was washing my grandmother’s hands before eating challah, Svetlana smiled and said that she, too, was Jewish. I was surprised because she often mentioned her Greek Orthodox beliefs and wore a crucifix around her neck.
The two bright scholars spent much time conversing, and the young aristocrat particularly enjoyed hearing his friend’s ingenious Torah insights.