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Chana Cotlar

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Chana Cotlar, a mother and inspirational speaker, co-directs the Chabad of Cary Jewish Center in North Carolina.
The nature of panic mode is such that it hyper-focuses us on the most obvious and immediate problem, often blinding us to the subtle yet deeply important messages that the problem signals.
The kosher status of the food we eat has a tremendous impact on our spiritual sensitivity.
I view “Foresight” as a special gift. We are sometimes afforded the singular ability to look at our lives from the vantage point of “Hindsight,” with all the wisdom contained therein, yet with the chronological positioning to be able to let that wisdom in...
While my day-to-day involvement in Chabad activities and programs has waxed and waned depending on what my children were up at that particular period of time (think colicky babies), there is one area that I never wanted to cut back on: the time I invested...
With each breath I take, I hear You whispering: “You are my precious G‑dly soul, sent to Earth anew each day.”
Feel G‑d shaping and fashioning you into the person you are meant to be, revealing the inner beauty and light that lay waiting in potential within your soul.
The ability to see past our own troubles, challenges, and hard days and reach out to another in need is truly exemplary.
The dancing that had previously felt like a dishonor to the grief and sorrow now took its place in juxtaposition to the celebration. With unbelievable inner strength, he had carved out a space in his heart for both emotions to rest.
A Mother Responds to Her Children (and their cravings for mac-and-cheese)
Here’s a recent conversation between me and my kids (the abridged version, with some adult lingo thrown in for clarity’s sake): Kids: “Why did G‑d make us with a need to eat?” Me:What would happen if we didn’t eat? “Great question! Well, let’s think: Why ...
My friend turned to her father as they raked and asked, “This is a huge job. Why are we doing this? Do you really think this will even make a difference in the way Mom feels?”
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