What’s the Scariest Part of Chanukah? (2023)

What’s the Scariest Part of Chanukah? (2023)   As Chanukah is about to settle in here, I found my mind swirling with ideas.    First thing that comes to mind- Fear.   I think of fear because I know so many people have a huge fear around Chanukah – DONUTS, LATKES, FRIED OREOS, FRIED PICKLES.…

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Comfort of the Body or Comfort of the Soul?

Comfort of the Body or Comfort of the Soul? I went to a shiur today. The topic was on Happiness. Let me give you the background. I have been going to this class for about a year – the rebbetzin picks a middah and we unpack it over the course of many months. On the…

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A Boring Life – Good or Bad?

A Boring Life – Good or Bad?   As the Holiday approaches and the knot in my stomach reappears, I realize I am growing up.    Life is seeming more monotonous in a lot of ways. But the things that keep repeating are really getting old.    The things that make you anxious and overwhelmed,…

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall, What are my True Values After All?

Do you find yourself consistently picking fights with the mirror about your appearance? Maybe you’ve walked past and heard yourself utter these familiar phrases:   “I feel good about myself until I pass by a mirror.” “I avoid mirrors at all costs. I don’t want to see my reflection.” “I can’t stop looking in the…

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Rosh Hashanah: A New Year

Rosh Hashanah can be a difficult time of year for some, even me. This time of year is hard for me. I assume it will be like this for the rest of my life. Two years ago on Rosh Hashanah my mother entered the ICU and never came home. Two years ago and it is…

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