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Zalman Tiechtel

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Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel is director of Chabad serving the University of Kansas and the Northeast Kansas communities. He is also the host of The Schmooze, the Jewish Radio Hour.
In honor of the annual gathering of Shluchim we present this tremendous story that highlights how it is not just about the global impact, rather it’s about that one moment, doing one Mitzvah, with one single Jew! In a talk at the Gathering of Shluchim in ...
When Lot and his family escaped Sodom, the instruction was not to look back. Lot’s wife did and she turned into a pillar of salt. The message for us is clear: Holding on to anger and resentment just makes us bitter and salty. Forgiving others cleanses our...
When the Torah introduces us to a new person, it usually starts with the background. However, with Avraham we get no bio, no background. Just right off the start: Lech Lecha. This teaches us what makes a Jew a Jew. Not his learning; not his observance; no...
We often judge others based on what we see. The verse tells us that “G-d descended to see the tower”, to teach us not to judge someone until you “go down” to them. Every person you meet is facing an inner battle. Recognize that their struggle may be diffe...
Sometimes we find it hard to rejoice. Life can be tough and there is darkness all around us. Then, the One Above sends us a message with the Lulov shake. As thousands of Chabadniks are sharing the lulov with Jews on street corners, we bring you this true ...
Why are we here and for what was the world created? The answer can be found in the first word Bereishit! The world is here for the Jewish people and for the Torah. This paradigm helps us recognize that the reason why we possess all that we do, is simply t...
The song of Haazinu was sung by Moses on the very last day of his life. While the first two sections are filled with blessings and positivity, the song continues with negative predictions and the challenges of Jewish history. Our Sages tell us that it was...
As we approach Yom Kippur we need to let go of our baggage, those grudges we hold onto. Sometimes we feel like it’s too hard, the pain is too deep… But this year we are given a gift, a special tool called Hakhel, the year of Jewish unity. So when you step...
Many people struggle with the long services during the High Holidays. We can reframe the experience to make it uplifting and even meaningful! Although our body may be having a hard time, the Neshamah - the G-dly spirit inside us - finds tremendous joy in ...
“Ki Tavo”, when you arrive at the place where Hashems wants you to be. Just follow Him to where He takes you. The moment we lessen the grip on the steering wheel and let Him take the lead, it all works out. This explains a fascinating phrase in this week’...
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