I never met the Rebbe. Characteristically, I came late to the party. My first introductions to Judaism were through Chabad, both a local Chabad house and through family, so I knew of the Rebbe very early on, but I wasn’t sure what it had to do with me, personally. The Rebbe always seemed to belong to those who already were Lubavitch and was a distant … Continue reading The Rebbe and Me
In this week’s parsha, the Jewish people are punished for the false reports 10 of the 12 spies come back with. Their punishment is to wait 40 more years in the desert and to only have their children be able to go into the land they have been promised. I recently read a commentary by Rabbi Sacks on this parsha, from his book, Covenant and … Continue reading Parsha Shlach and Our Own Years in the Desert
Painting cabinets takes patience. I know this because this is my first week trying it. First, there’s the preparation, which I probably should have paid more attention to. I didn’t sand, but instead went all in with gripper primer. Quickly, the cabinets that I’d chosen to start with in the Shabbat RV 2.0 began to look “rustic” with bright white brush strokes. Now, I’m in … Continue reading The Painting Cabinets and Hisbodedut
It’s almost Shabbat. I can feel it. Just a few more hours of work and then I go home to cook and prepare. We’re squeezing in one last Shabbat with regular challah before turning the kitchen over Saturday night and Sunday and my planned meal is basically a comforting carb feast. I can almost taste the kugel! In the meantime, on some good advice, I’ve … Continue reading Character at Birth or at Rebirth?