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Reflections

The View From Over the Clouds
Humans can only see so far, but if we had the ability to view everything through G‑d’s eyes, we’d see the “sunshine,” the goodness, in all He created.
Is the Freezing Snow Getting to You?
How can I use these cold and dark winter months to spiritually soar?
The Tree of Life, and the Pacemaker That Keeps My Sister Alive
The Torah’s teachings, like the tree, provide support, faith and encouragement. The good deeds we do are its fruit. I needed to hold on to its support now as I remembered the prayers that were being said in synagogue for my sister.
Lessons From a Broken Wall Clock
Some things that the rebbetzin did, however, were less easy to fathom. I noticed that whenever I visited the Chabad House, the hands on the wall clock weren’t moving. The time was perpetually 2 p.m.
The Power of One: Doing What We Can
I felt sick. Where are you, G‑d, in all of this?
The Fireman G-d Sent to Save a Life
Recently, they experienced an event that has shaken their professed lack of belief.
Overcoming My Disordered Eating
What Was Starving Was My Soul
I was finally able to fill the gnawing emptiness inside when I found the spiritual nourishment I was craving.
The Impossible Dream of a Chinese Girl in Singapore
Standing next to the small table with prepared candles, I saw a young girl hiding in the shadows.
A Nightly Meditation to Elevate Faith
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.
Her Death Showed the Love That She Had Created
It didn’t surprise me that Rivka’s family elected to erect the stone earlier to provide this tribute as soon as they could to the wife and mother whom they accompanied as far as death’s door.
What I Secretly Fear About the Coming of Moshiach
Moshiach is not only a solution for our pain in this life. If that’s what I believe, then why would I risk upheaval for the sake of something that doesn’t affect me in this moment?
Thoughts While Rocking My Baby at 2:30 in the Morning
Something inside my head is trying to remind me to be grateful for this little guy, but at 2:30 am, all I want to be grateful for is my bed.
The Dance of the Dreaded Dish Towels
As I formulate my battle plan to beat the morning rush, I ponder an old, unanswered question. What is it that drives dish towels to the floor from whichever spot they are hung or perched?
Facing My Decision: Why Stay Religious?
I was sure that my future would not hold the religious beliefs I had grown up with. To me, the rules and guidelines I was forced to keep in school were all that was keeping me religious.
A Rite of Passage for a Boy With ADHD
The night we met with the cantor, my almost-13-year-old son announced: “I’m a scientist, and also I’m an atheist.”
Why I Pray Every Day
I start my day stressed out, and it usually progresses that way until bedtime. ..
There Will Be No Tears?
I demand of my heart, no tears at Auschwitz.
Permanently Attached to My Wedding Ring
It has to be simple and unadorned, but its significance is far from simple.
What She Saw in the Mirror
Interesting, she didn’t say that she’s tired or overwhelmed or overworked, but weak; the woman actually thinks that she is weak.
Three Passages to Inspire Serenity
I’ve read the Tehillim portion in English on trains, buses, in Starbucks coffee shops and anywhere necessary to stick to my commitment.
‘Tenks Gott’
My Tantrum With G-d
I can handle your tantrum because I know three things with absolute certainty.
Finding G-d
I believe in G‑d. Even before I became Torah observant, I felt His hand dancing through the events of my life. I saw purpose behind both the good and the bad, the happy and the painful.
Trying to Stand Steady After a Childhood Adrift
I found myself in a murky world, sailing around and around and around in excruciating circles. There was often no seashore in sight.
Why G-d Didn't Let Me Make My Flight
I woke up feeling like I shouldn’t fly. And while I know people who’ve altered their plans on a feeling, I was never one of them; I refused to let fear make my choices.
What My Fitbit Taught Me
This tiny watch has actually taught me something valuable about the way we approach our lives on a daily basis.
When the Losers are Really the Winners
It began with a late-night text from Dena, a close friend of mine: “Don’t want you to worry, but we had a fire. Thank G‑d, we managed to get out in time, but the house is gone.”
A Special Synagogue
Are You in the Dark Too?
We learn our uniquely designed lessons from our limitations and from our lows. Somehow, we need the darkness for our essence to emerge as well.
Not Mediocre
She lived in the Chabad center where I worked, but we rarely ever saw her, save for the few times a day when she came outside for a smoke, wearing dirty pajamas and mumbling to herself.
Strive High
How exactly do I find myself in Belgium—to attend a Paris wedding?
The Swimming Saga
My promise, was all but forgotten. Rachel, however, wouldn't let me forget it. Every so often, she would remind me about our swimming date.
‘Blind Faith’
An Open Letter to Rose
School Business
As he approached, his eyes widened in shock and his jaw dropped. David felt a chill creeping up his spine, although he couldn’t imagine why Mr. Samson should be upset with him . . .
Missing Danny
My Friend, Signora Vinogard
Back in my schooldays, my friend Chaya and I often spent entire Sunday afternoons at the Jewish nursing home in Milan, Italy, where we lived.
A Time for War and a Time for Peace
Welcome to an age of instant communication; an age in which the boundaries between my life and yours are blurred so effectively that I can be informed of your every thought as I eat my supper.
The Glamorous Giver and the Disheveled Do-Gooder
At times, sharing opportunities may appear at our doorstep, neatly wrapped with a shining bow. At other times, the gift is hurled through an open window, perhaps during a thunderstorm at 3:00 AM. Perhaps when we least expected or wanted it...
Three Grandmothers and their Shabbat Candles
As my four grandsons watched wide-eyed, I could feel all the bubbies and zaidies in the room . . .
Life Is a Circle
he knocking persisted. I took the baby out of his bath, wrapping him in a towel, and made my way to the front door. “Who is it?” I looked in the peephole and saw an eleven-year-old from the neighborhood . . .
Staying Calm
A curious thing happens when you must be calm, when you don’t have the luxury of expressing your frustration, when what you want to do and what you must do are irreconcilably at odds, and little can be done to alleviate the frustration of a body and mind that want but cannot have...
A Positive Call
Acquire for Yourself a Friend
My old high-school friend Jillian had posted that she was reading a particular book, and I commented that it was not a favorite of mine. I closed the page, went back to work and thought nothing more of it, and I probably wouldn’t have, until the phone rang just an hour later...
Other Than the Pain
In my relationships, particularly with my kids, whatever is painful or dysfunctional seems to eclipse the good, to obliterate it . . .
The Gift of Dignity
In a state of shock immediately following the crash, I did not remember being pregnant, having two other children who were in the car, or being married. I felt like I was sixteen, without any responsibility to anyone but myself . . .