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Mendy Herson

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Rabbi Mendy Herson received his rabbinic ordination from the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. He has traveled extensively as a lecturer, connecting with audiences across the country and as far away as Australia with his engaging scholarly approach and personable, down-to-earth speaking style. Together with his wife, Malkie, he founded the dynamic Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, NJ serving Somerset County, and continues to serve as its spiritual leader. He is also the Associate Dean of the Rabbinical College of America, and a member of the board of Merkos, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch International.
Mordechai comes across as a true 'renaissance man', respected and adored by his people. But the Talmud reveals a little-known fact...
I often speak of the Torah as a unifying document with an all-encompassing and harmonizing perspective on reality. There seems much that contradicts this in the Torah. So does the Torah indeed advocate separateness as a value?
Consciously or sub-consciously, we all identify as "human." Does that inspire us to strive higher, to be a mentsch? Or does it allow us to relax our standards, recognizing that we're "only human"?
For the record, I should state that I value moderation. I try to practice it and I teach it to my kids. So when the reporter blurted out, "You're pretty radical!" I took that as a pejorative comment...
We spend our days running around and juggling our responsibilities. How do we get from here to there? Can we turn on a dime -- shifting from the mundane to the [spiritually] monumental?
The Western Wall--Where the Soul is Always Whole
The Western Wall is a place of national nostalgia, a focal point for our collective pining over a lost glory. It is the symbol of our hopes for the future. But it’s also a symbol of what still exists...
When I reflect on myself and my role in the world, the word 'merchant' doesn't come to mind. But in a way, life itself is about 'Divine Commerce.'
There's a war going on. No, I don't mean Georgia. Nor Iraq. Nor Afghanistan. I mean you. And me. But the war isn't between us. It's within us.
Beneath the façade, the Oneness reality has never changed; it has simply receded. We, conscious human beings, can reactivate the Oneness reality. That is our destiny. Our privilege. And our duty.
So often, we know that we shouldn't act a certain way; and then we go do it anyway. Maybe it's eating french fries after the doctor warned against it; maybe it's disrespecting a valued relationship.
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