Chanukah and Tefillah: The Connection You Never Thought About

Before the Yamim Noraim, I received the following email from Links Magazine: Hi! We are working on the Yamim Noraim magazine and want to do a Part II to Tefillah Questions Answered (we printed Part I two years ago). Do any of you have a question that you’d like our rabbanim to answer, or has […]

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Winning Words: The Communication Dance

The legacy of Aharon Hakohen is that he was a rodef shalom (Pirkei Avos 1:12). He loved peace and would make sure to create it whenever he could. The well-known example is that he would tell one person that the other person felt bad about their machlokes and wanted to make up, and then he […]

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The Broken Washing Machine

As the well-known mishnah says in Pirkei Avos (4:1), איזהו עשיר השמח בחלקו – Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot. There is no limit to what we don’t have. But what do we gain by going there? Misery? Jealousy? Hopelessness? We won’t ever be able to find contentment if we are […]

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Fitting into Yourself

Have you ever tried to squish yourself into being something that you’re not? I did. I mean, actually I do. Maybe I am more aware of it than I used to be. But boy do I want to be as accomplished as this person, as geshhikt as that person and as friendly as the next […]

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One-Way Street

My street became a one-way street, which is actually a good thing. We needed it to be this way. But it can still be annoying when I have to go all the way around to get where I need to go. One day as I put the car into drive, I inwardly groaned as I […]

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Self-Care

פרק ב משנה יז The buzz word of today is self-care. You must take care of yourself. It will enhance your productivity. It will help you become a more emotionally stable person. We see ads all over the place touting this message: You deserve designer clothing. You deserve a five-star vacation. You deserve to indulge […]

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Know Your Worth: Shoshanah’s Story

Perek gimmel, mishnah yud-ches says חביב אדם שנברא בצלם. The fact that man was created in the image of Hashem shows that he is beloved to Hashem. The mishnah is telling us the proper way to view ourselves. We should not feel arrogant or proud of who we are or of our talents and accomplishments. […]

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Hidden Yellow Circles

My daughter loves to use her yellow highlighter to write on the wall. I say, “Esther Malki, we don’t write on walls.” She shrugs and asks, “Why? You can’t even see it!” She’s right. You really can’t see any marks. That’s because the ink from this marker only appears when you shine the flashlight located […]

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Baby Talk

Time to talk about my baby. On a whim I decided to see what the definition of baby is. According to Mr. Webster the definition is (1) an extremely young child, especially an infant; (2) an extremely young animal; (3) the youngest of a group. Seriously! What does Mr. Webster know? My definition is much […]

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Accepting The Message From The Messenger

I once saw the following quote: Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug. When my sister died only a few months after my father’s petirah, Mrs. Z, who had been through her own challenging times, felt my mother’s pain; her heart ached for her, and she wanted to give my mother that psychological hug. […]

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