I hesitate to relate the following story, as it slightly embarrasses me,
but I’ll share it nevertheless.
My car boasts a smashed-up fender, a missing handle, and a special feature
that warns people that I am heading down the block. These attributes all
give my car a unique personality and charm. I was recently having some
problems starting t [...]
This is certainly not a new problem I am facing, but I am becoming
increasingly aware of the irony and oddity of that which is taking place
before my eyes. I am eating my meal in no apparent rush, but all of a
sudden, when it comes to bentching, I am in a huge rush to take care of my
next chore, no matter its insignificance. I have all the ti [...]
A few weeks ago, I took my camp roller skating. We rented out the rink for
two hours and skated to nice Jewish music thanks to a counselor’s MP3
player. Many of the younger boys had little to no experience on roller
skates, presenting a formidable challenge to them. Some bravely and
patiently made their way around and around, staying close to [...]
The recent events in Eretz Yisroel that have brought upon us so much pain
and terror have also brought us tremendous unity. Achdus stems from caring
for one another with love that supersedes any differences of opinion or
outlook, and this is what happened so beautifully these last few weeks.
How can we keep this achdus? How can we impro [...]
I really hope that this article is never printed and we are instead busy
rejoicing together in Yerushalayim. At the very least, I daven that by the
time this article is printed, the Israeli army feels it has accomplished
everything it wanted, all missiles and tunnels have been destroyed, and
the war is over.
Until the arrival of Moshiach, non [...]
Tisha B’av. The day chosen for generations as a day of tragedy and
suffering for our holy nation. Chazal tell us that this is the day
that the meraglim came back with their negative report about Eretz
Yisroel which we were guilty of accepting and therefore became a day
fixed on our calendar for mourning. It all began with a negative
Recently, we discussed the importance of not getting “hung up” on your
child’s current behavior, not becoming negative or despondent over his
lackadaisicalness or other shortcomings, but focusing on his good points
and trying to create a closer relationship.
The next question is: How do we do this? How do we remain positive when
our child is [...]
I happen not to be the biggest fan of color war, especially for younger
children, but in order to “legally” be considered a camp, I have to comply
with regulations. I do not believe that color war should be brought into
davening and learning, for although one can argue that mitoch sheloh
lishmah ba lishmah, to me it belittles such sacred acti [...]
As difficult as it is to write about the painful tragedy our holy nation
has just experienced, I cannot bring myself to write about anything else.
I am certainly unworthy of offering any perspective, but allow me to share
a lesson that I hope will serve as an aliyah for the neshamos of the three
Boruch Hashem, this summer, besides h [...]
Just this week a frustrated parent called me up about his teenage son.
“Tell me what to do. My son is sleeping till one o’clock in the afternoon.
I can’t stand watching him do nothing. What should I do? I should just sit
there and say nothing to him and pretend everything is fine?”
The short answer some would give to this particular fat [...]