By: Rabbi Moshe Don Kestenbaum

Opening Our Hearts

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 [...]

Where Can We Find Nechamah?

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 [...]

Have we lost the Zion along with the ...

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 attitude [...]

Seeing Things In Perspective

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 [...]

Color War

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 [...]

Let the Tehillim Continue

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 kedoshim. Boruch Hashem, this summer, besides h [...]

Hung Up

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 [...]

Appreciating Process

Many have termed our dor “the instant generation.” We are able, for better or for worse, to access things incredibly quickly. Food can be prepared for us in seconds. Information and communication are transferrable in a heartbeat. Unquestionably, this reality has raised our expectations. We need immediate gratification and we have lowered [...]

The Chutz Lamachaneh Syndrome

I believe that we have allowed the cultivation of an anti-Torah hashkafah that hurts us and others profoundly. We will call it the “chutz lamachaneh” syndrome. We have created – each one on his respective level – a picture of who can be considered part of our club, our machaneh. Those who dress, act and look acceptable according t [...]

Emotional Health and Yiddishkeit

There has been much written about the main cause of children becoming “at-risk.” There are those who point to a lack of marital harmony, there are those who point to weak parenting and schooling, there are those who attribute it to technology and temptation, and there are those who say that there is no rhyme or reason for this challenge. I be [...]

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