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Rochel Holzkenner

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Rochel Holzkenner is a mother of four children and the co-director of Chabad of Las Olas, Florida, serving the community of young professionals. She is a high-school teacher and a freelance writer—and a frequent contributor to Chabad.org. She lectures extensively on topics of Kabbalah and feminism, and their application to everyday life.
A car accident prevented Rochel from becoming pregnant. When she finally became a mother, one of her twins died in infancy. Hear how she grew stronger and closer to G-d through the experience.
The Torah’s prescription for creating solid friendships
The phrase “love your fellow as yourself” is considered to be the trademark instruction of the Torah. Judaism teaches its own set of “Jewish social skills” and instructs us on how to operate with kindness, compassion, and respect at all times. In this cou...
It seems counterintuitive; how do you emphatically tell G‑d to change your circumstance and still feel humble?
The story of Yosef and his brothers
The story of Yosef and his brothers is one of the first great dramas in recorded history. An innocent familial rivalry that blossomed into heartbreaking jealousy, bitter betrayal and a string of miscalculations that became a tale of repentance, reunion an...
If this is G‑d’s Master plan, there is an opportunity here. If I let go of the disappointment, the loneliness, the unfamiliar turf, I’ll be open to the unique experiences and possibilities of this Passover.
Vayeira
Why would G‑d finally give Abraham a son and then take him away? Why snuff out Isaac’s life before he’s had any children of his own? Abraham and Sarah would have no children or grandchildren to continue their legacy of monotheism.
And the mystical significance of mikvah
There is something to be learned about disagreement in marriage from the mikvah.
How often does this play out in our lives. Life is disappointing or frightening, and we immediately point the finger at G‑d: You hate me, even though I have nothing against You!
Why are so many complex laws in the Torah written in so few words?
Is there a window of compassion and understanding that I haven’t opened? Can I see past my gut-instinct judgmentalism and allow myself to experience some of their light?
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