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The Power of Teshuvah
On Prayer
I learned that if I needed life-saving dialysis, I would make time for it. And that is how I want to relate to you. Not like a chore. And not like a luxury. But like life-saving oxygen.
It is not by coincidence that the reading of Haazinu, the portion that is always read in proximity to the High Holy Days, explains our connection to G‑d as that of being bound by rope!
The Magazine
From a young age, Ani Lipitz always wondered about her purpose in our world. When she discovered Chassidic teachings, she felt she knew what life she wanted to lead.
Time In Thought
How can it possibly be called return if I’m trying to become the kind of person I never was, at least not in this lifetime?
Self Reflection
If we would dig, we would be surprised by the treasures we would find.

Dear Readers,

It’s the hug you give your 2-year-old after she defiantly ignored your warnings, fell and scraped her knees, and then came running, sobbing, into your open arms. You hold her soothingly, assuring her that the hurt will heal and your love for her will be ever-present, even when she disregards your instructions.

It’s the hug you give your teenager after returning from a...

Neilah isn’t about the heavens closing on us, but rather, that in this most auspicious time, we are “closed in” together with G-d. G-d is enveloping us in His presence, reassuring us of His love for us.
— The ‘Neilah’ Prayer: A Divine Hug
Handy Household Hacks
No Need to Dust

To catch grease and cooking residue, put a layer of wax paper on the top of your kitchen cabinets. No need to dust or clean; just remove the wax paper and throw away.

Visiting Grandma

Miriam, a grandmother, was giving directions to her grandson, who was coming to visit with his wife. ”Come to the front door of the condominium complex. I am in apartment 2B.”

Miriam continued, “There is a big panel at the door. With your elbow, push button 2B. I will buzz you in. The elevator is on the right. With your elbow, hit 2. When you get out I am on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell.”

“Grandma, that sounds easy,” replied her grandson, “but why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”

She answered, “You’re coming to visit me empty-handed?”

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