CHANUKAH LIGHT is all about light. The neshomah is all about light.
But what is it about the chanukah menorah that draws a Jew so strongly? 
We light in total 36 candles over the eight days of Chanukah.
Inside those lights is hidden the light that Hashem created and hid during the first six days of Creation. A light so powerful that it will only be revealed when Moshiach arrives. A  light that explains the suffering all the Jewish people have endured throughout galus.
And that light is what draws every Jewish soul.


This is a syndrome affecting much of our generation.
Many people stand in between, not sure how to look at things, not sure how to relate to many issues facing society.
In the past things were clear:  good was good, right was right, wrong was wrong and evil was evil.
Now things have become blurred. People question what was once clear to everyone. morality is no longer so clear.
People cross red lines. People mix together things and try to make permissible what is clearly forbidden by Torah. 


Well, here we go again: rejoicing. It is all about happiness.  We have many holidays that have a theme of happiness to them: Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and even Chanukah all celebrate events that lead to great happiness. But on the holiday of Succot we don’t have an event we are celebrating in particular. We are actually celebrating joy itself. Pure, unadulterated joy. True simcha.
When joy is accompanied by an event leading to that joy it is limited to some degree.
But when joy is celebrated just for the sake of the joy itself, it is limitless.


Thanking Hashem for what you have…and what you don’t have.
Jews are always thanking Hashem. We wake up every morning and the first words we utter are modeh ani, thanking Hashem for restoring our souls to us after our sleep.
So we do have this awareness that we need to thank G-d constantly for all the blessings we have, big or small. Just waking up in the morning is a blessing to be thankful for. Just having our own soul restored to us is a blessing, a kindness.   


Why is happiness so difficult to achieve?  We certainly have all heard the advice: focus on the good and on the blessings you have and you will become happy.  That definitely has a profound lesson in it: we do need to focus on our blessings, to acknowledge the good, feel gratitude and be happy. But is that the entire solution?
I see so many people who do appreciate the good they have….but they cannot get past the emotional downs they experience from various problems they may have.


Right now I am feeling very sad….and very  mad! Such a chutzpa that an evil arab terrorist entered a Jewish home and murdered three Jews for no reason other than that they are Jewish living peacefully in their homeland!
In honor and memory of these pure, innocent Jews who were murdered in their home this Friday night, on Shabbat, just before celebrating the shalom zachor of their newborn baby boy, I have added a new section to my website called Security of the land of Israel.


17th of Tamuz why do we fast for something that happened in the past?  
Okay, we could say we are fasting so as to prevent future problems and avert negative situations. That is true as well.
But the fact is, for a Jew, it is not really the past. Because the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash is an ongoing situation.
As it says in Torah, if our generation does not witness the rebuilding of the Beit hamikdash it is as if we destroyed it.


Gimel Tamuz, the day the Rebbe chose to conceal himself and give us the additional merit of helping realize his vision, to bring Moshiach in actuality.
Well, what can we do? first to realize the Rebbe did not abandon his flock. He is with us as before and we can still turn to him for help and blessings. The fact that the Rebbe left no successor means he is continuing to lead us. 
it was on Gimmel Tamuz that yehoshua stopped the sun: the sun did not set. The Rebbes sun did not set either. He will lead us to redemption. 


Online shopping has become the big trend of modern society. I feel that besides the convenience, there is something about having packages arrive to your door that feels special….there is a certain feeling of excitement, like you are receiving a gift! (even though you paid for that gift). 
And then I thought to myself: every single day Hashem sends us gifts. We receive many gifts. And if we really concentrate on realizing that , we can feel very special. Imagine if a friend or relative would send you gifts each day.  You would feel that you owe a lot back to that person.

Musing about life

As we approach Shavuot, I find myself musing on the ironies of life. 
On Pesach my daughter started feeling sick. It continued for several weeks, getting worse each week to the point that she began vomiting and having stomach pains etc. We took her to the hospital and she was diagnosed with celiac disease! 
Ironic that on the holiday when we eat mainly gluten free, on Pesach, she became sick from the only gluten containing product: the shmura matza that we eat, which is called the matza of faith and the matza of healing!

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