Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where in the world is Chabad dancing?

Have You Seen a Soul Dance? by Rabbi Moss

Question of the Week:
My kids say that it is boring to be Jewish. They went crazy after hours in shul on Yom Kippur and say they don't want to go back next year. We told them that we only go once a year, and it is important. How can I inspire them to go to shul again?

Of all the days on the Jewish calendar, it seems the most unlikely pick. The service is at least ten times longer than usual - it takes all day. The atmosphere is far more serious and sombre than ever - we spend the whole time confessing our sins and begging for forgiveness. And the food is the worst served at any Jewish gathering - none.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Portugal to get Full Time Chabad Representatives

The only country in Europe still without its own Chabad representatives, Portugal will soon be welcoming a new addition to its 300-member Jewish community. 

Rabbi Eli and Raizel Rosenfeld of Brooklyn, will be moving to Lisbon after the holidays, where they will settle with their two small children, and work to complement the achievements of Lisbon’s proud Jewish community. 

Interview with Mr. Efraim Ilin; Israeli Billionare Inspired by the Rebbe

The Tefillin Booth

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Can You Take a Joke? by Rabbi Moss

Question of the Week:
My wife has no sense of humour. She says I make fun of her in public (and she's always happy to tell me just how bad I am - even in public). Shouldn't she be able to take a joke?

Jokes are serious. The line between a friendly jibe and a humiliating stab is often a fine one. You have to question whether the laugh you may get is worth the pain you may inflict. But between husband and wife, humiliation is simply criminal. It goes against everything that a marriage is supposed to be: an exclusive oneness.

In the Jewish wedding ceremony, after standing under the Chuppa, the bride and groom are taken to a private room, known as the Yichud room. Yichud means oneness and exclusivity. By entering this room, a secluded place where no one is present but the couple, they create a sacred space that is theirs and theirs alone. 

The newlyweds leave the Yichud room after a few minutes, but in a way they should never leave it. The privacy and oneness of the Yichud room must be taken with them in their marriage. The relationship between husband and wife is a sacred and secluded place, and should stay that way. Any word or action that jeopardises the privacy and unity of a marriage must be erased from our repertoire.

When you make fun of your wife in front of your friends, you have momentarily stepped out of the Yichud room. You have abandoned your soul-partner, leaving her alone and isolated just for a few cheap laughs. To make a joke is fine, but never at the expense of your oneness.

When your wife publicly criticises you, she has allowed strangers into the Yichud room. She is inviting others into a moment that should only be between the two of you. There is a time and a place for criticism in a relationship, but not in the presence of others.

These mistakes are so common that to many they have become acceptable. But it is these little things that can erode a good marriage. For a relationship to thrive it must always remain an exclusive oneness. Once you get comfortable in the Yichud room, you'll never want to leave.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Israel on the Brink of War

The strategic and spiritual fronts that preceded the Yom Kippur War

Moishy's Nanny Gets Citizenship

"The love I give to Rabbi Gabi and Ima Rivky, I give to all of Israel," Sandra Samuel, Moishy Holtzberg's nanny said at her citizenship ceremony Monday.

Almost two years after the terror attack in Mumbai, when Rabbi Gavriel and Rivky Holtzberg hy"d were brutally murdered at their Chabad center, Israel's Minister of Interior Eli Yishai granted Israeli citizenship status to Sandra Samuel, which will enable her to remain in Israel.

Explosive Thrown Into Shul

An explosive device was thrown at a synagogue in Kyrgyzstan over Rosh Hashana. No casualties were reported.

Radio Free Europe
A nail-packed explosive device blew up on the grounds of a synagogue in central Bishkek about an hour before the start of Rosh Hashanah services Thursday evening, according to local press reports.

Lubavs, Muslims Side by Side

Members of a Chabad Shul and a Muslim congregation, who pray in the same building in the Bronx, are working hard to get along.

NY 1
Despite all of the fierce fighting and debate over the proposed Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site, religious leaders in one Bronx community say they are praying and working hard to get along, all under one roof. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

5 Days in Heaven on Earth - The 5th

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Friday, September 3, 2010

FridayLight.org Exclusive: Paula Abdul Lights Shabbat Candles!

Lessons from an Lapsed Skydiver; by Rabbi Moss

Question of the Week:
I jumped out of a plane last week. I won't do it again. After free falling for a while (which was amazing) I tried to release my parachute. Nothing happened. I tried again. Nothing happened. So here I was hurtling to the ground without a parachute. I thought this was it. Thank G-d the instructor had a safety parachute, which did work. We landed safely. My question: is G-d trying to tell me something?

People tend to ask the question "Why me?" only when bad things happen. After suffering a loss or experiencing failure, we wonder what we did to deserve it. But we should be asking this question not just when things seem to go wrong but when things go right too. You need to ask this of yourself: I came to the brink of death, and I survived. Why me?

Freedom to Choose; Weekly e*Torah by Rabbi Avrohom Altein

Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life's Tough Decisions