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Reflections on Anti Semitism in today's World

 I still remember the day when I was eleven years old, when on the way home from school with my friend, we were suddenly jumped upon by four teenagers who yelled racial and Anti-Semitic slurs at us and proceeded to beat us up because we were Jewish. While I ended up with just a few bruises, my friend ended up on the floor and received a few bonus kicks before the hoodlums ran away after a neighbor started yelling that he was calling the police.  

Unfortunately I cannot say that this was the only incident in my childhood when I experienced Anti-Semitism as growing up in England offered plenty of similar experiences, including being pelted with large rocks, having bottles thrown at me, other physical… Read More »

Driving on Empty in the Judean Desert

 

When I drive, I often like to use up every last ounce of gas before I go to fill up. Over the years, I discovered the hard way that it wasn’t always the best approach to driving a car. Once I broke down as I ran out of gas right across the road from a gas station, but other times I wasn’t as lucky. As a result of these incidents, I have  improved over the years and learned to go the gas station before the last minute, and occasionally I even fill up the car when I still have a quarter of a tank left.

Recently while I was in Israel, we decided to go for a hike to the Ein Gedi nature reserve in the Judean desert next to the Dead Sea on a day it was supposed to end up being 106F. We were determined to get there as… Read More »

A Visit to the Biblical Heartland of Israel

20170710_122114.jpgWe are currently on a very special visit to the Israel, along with most of Shayna's immediate and extended family to celebrate a special family wedding and family reunion. The visit is being led by Shayna’s energetic grandmother who is having the Nachas and pleasure of seeing dozens of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spend this special visit with her and with eachother. It is a truly special experience and we are so grateful that we are able to do this as an extended family. Over the next few days, I will share some of the highlights of things we have seen, learned and experienced.

Yesterday we took a trip to some of the heartland of Biblical Israel as we visited Tel Shilo, Shilo, Ofra, Maaleh Levona and Rechelim… Read More »

A Visit to Hebron

Hebron 1Yesterday just hours before the UNESCO vote denying any Jewish connection between the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the City of Hebron with the Jewish people, we were fortunate to pay a very special visit to this special city.

We spent time praying at the tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Distributed lots of Ice Creams and Treats to the many soldiers on duty, and had an amazing and inspiring visit with Chabad of Hebron who showed us some of the rich Jewish history of Hebron.

 

Many soldiers were very sad and in a state of shock from a tragic accident at a checkpoint in which a young commander was shot dead by accident by one of his own troops. We did our best to give the soldiers an embrace from Massachusetts and try and somehow… Read More »

Slanted News & Grasshoppers & Self Image

NewsShlomo was on the New York Subway reading a KKK newspaper, when his friend David walks in to the train.

David is shocked and says, "Shlomo, why on earth are you reading a KKK newspaper?"

So Shlomo responds, "When I read the Jewish papers, all I find is Jews under attack, synagogues under attack, Israel under attack, assimilation rates, Jewish engagement is going down and a whole lot more. But when I read the KKK papers, I read about how Jews control the media, Jews control the government, Jews rule Hollywood, Jews Control the Banks, Jewish Communities are gaining in strength and a whole lot more. So David, which newspaper would you read?!"

In this week’s Torah portion we read about a similar episode as we… Read More »

Hebrew School Graduation & Year End Celebration

hs1.jpgAnother great year of Hebrew School just concluded for the five classes and dozens of students at Chabad Hebrew School of Sudbury.

To mark the end of the academic Hebrew School year, the students put on great performances, skits and speeches and celebrated the completion of another wonderful and happy year of learning.

What a truly amazing year of progress in reading and Hebrew, in learning new elements of Judaism and in gaining and broadening the students knowledge hs2.jpgof Jewish values, traditions and Mitzvot.

Thank you to all of our wonderful teachers and dedicated volunteers who help make Chabad Hebrew School such a great experience for the students and their families and thank you to all of the parents who place their children in… Read More »

Taking in the Beauty Around Us

20170523_094641.jpgLife swirls on around us and the tremendous beauty of the world around us is not always noticed.

Spring in Massachusetts is a beautiful scene with nature bursting to life in bushes and shrubs that seemed dead and barren just a few short months ago. Cardinals and many other colorful birds make their homes in the trees and bushes around our house, as well as chipmunks, squirrels and so much more, making everything come to life with a pulsating vibrancy.

I don't always get to pray in a Synagogue in the morning, and when I don't I often do my morning prayers outside as I listen to the chirping from the birds 20170523_094709 (1).jpgand the sounds and music of G-d's beautiful world.

Today I stopped to look at the beautiful works of art that sit… Read More »

In Memory of Bertha Sher

Bertha Sher.pngOn behalf of the Chabad Center of Sudbury I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Bertha Sher (Bunya Bas Bluma & Binyomin Z"L) who passed away at age 95 this past Shabbos. Bertha was someone I would visit on many occasions and I greatly enjoyed the time I spent with her as well as the insights that she would share with me.

Bertha deeply respected her own parents and a lot of her values and attachment to Judaism she attributed to them. Bertha described her father who refused to work on Shabbos and how he would often lose his job on Friday’s due to his refusal to work on Shabbos.

Bertha also told me that during those years they suffered from terrible poverty, but they weren’t the only ones and… Read More »

Lag Baomer Report & Photos

lb171.jpgDespite heavy rain for most of the day, at 4:30pm right when the celebration was about to start, the rain stopped and a small trace of blue sky appeared. Dozens of children and adults enjoyed a great Lag Baomer celebration that included great food, an awesome BBQ, Horse & Pony Rides, and lots of Lag Baomer fun!

Special thanks to Jason Schwartz for his helping in setting up for the event, to Levi, Zalman and Mendel Freeman for their help, for Dan Perlov for manning the grill, for Sasha Litovchik for manning the fire, for the Lepsky's for the extra firewood, for Sveta Shvartzman for her help in preparing the food, and to Ridge House Stables for the great Horse & Pony Rides.

To see more pictures click… Read More »

Bar Mitzvah Boys BBQ & Escape Room Event

bbqbm.jpgA dozen post and pre Bar Mitzvah Middle School boys enjoyed an awesome Escape Room Activity which they just about succeeded in breaking out if, an awesome BBQ with tons of food, some sports, a meaningful discussion about the lessons learned from the Counting of the Omer, some Tefillin wrapping and lots of fun! For more pictures click here.

Asbestos & a Lesson in Tzaraat

 download (1).jpgA couple months ago we had a problem with a leak in our house which damaged a few walls and also ruined a carpet. This week we finally got around to having the carpet ripped up to install something new, only to discover that we had Asbestos tiles underneath the carpet. Some of the tiles started to crack as they pulled it up, so we called in an Asbestos Removal Company to take care of the situation. By the next day workers in Hazmat Suits were hard at work for several hours removing every last trace of the Asbestos. Finally when they were done, it was inspected and a Hygienist came to inspect everything to make sure that it was totally clean and that the air quality was completely safe.  

Ironically, the Torah portion this week… Read More »

Mazal Tov! We have a Certificate of Occupancy!

 

WhatsApp Image 2017-04-07 at 1.44.48 PM.jpegMazal Tov! Chabad of Sudbury received its long awaited Certificate of Occupancy today (a temporary one) allowing us to celebrate the Holiday of Passover in the new building.

We are very excited about this new development and will share more details in the coming days. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this stage. Additionally the Parking Lot has been completely redone this week and will be finished in the next hour or two. 

The timing couldn't be better as Passover is right around the corner and we will celebrate the holiday of liberation and freedom in the new building.

Additionally, today marks the date of birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schnersohn, which has been marked by every President… Read More »

Light up the World!

Menorah 2Tomorrow evening we will begin the beautiful celebration of Chanukah, one of the most special and happy Jewish holidays in the Jewish Calendar. Chanukah is a time when we kindle the lights of the Menorah and remember the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days and the battle of the Macabbees against the Greeks when the few won the many.

The Menorah is traditionally kindled in the evening, a time when the glow of the flames will illuminate the world around it. The famous Jewish saying that "a little light dispels a lot of darkness", is true all year round, but perhaps especially true as we light the Menorah. The beautiful lights of the Menorah and the eternal message of G-d's protection of the Jewish people, of the bravery of… Read More »

Mazal Tov Bob Dylan!

 

Bob Dylan.jpgMazal Tov to Bob Dylan on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, he has just become the first song writer to receive this particular Nobel Prize. Bob, was born as Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew nameשבתאי זיסל בן אברהם Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham and is a proud Jew and as an aside  he loves Chabad, which is also where he likes to pray on Yom Kippur.

Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot about his music, but in discussions with several people and in reading up about his style, it would seem, that a lot of his music contained Poetic Lyrics with messages about life, some more obvious and some more abstract. It would seem that it was this style of music that helped him win the Nobel Prize, as the commission wrote about him… Read More »

Building a Moral Compass

CareIn a world where we are overloaded with info, news, ideas, conversations, gossip and so much more, do we just sit back and absorb it all, or do we exercise a degree of choice in what we choose to absorb and expose ourselves to?

Is every conversation a good thing, or is gossip and slander not a good choice? What about food, there are untold amounts of choices for every food possible, there are Kosher options and non-Kosher options, there is over indulgence and there is healthy eating, there are eating choices that factor in the environment and ones that do not. Do we just take it all or do we choose what is right?

Guards at your Gates

In this week's Torah portion of Shoftim, it states in the beginning that "you must appoint… Read More »

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