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How Do We Define Ourselves?

Profession.pngIn our society, when we are introduced to new people, the conversation usually goes like this, “What is your name?” and then followed by “What do you do?”

Usually the response is something similar.

My name is …. And I am an Electrician, a Stock Broker, a Realtor, a Developer or an Attorney….

Great… now we have a name and a definition of what the person is about.

However this may be true to a degree, yet at the same time, is this the end all?

Perhaps we need to ask ourselves, how are we viewing and defining people and perhaps to the same degree, how do we view and define ourselves?

Does our profession define who we truly are, both in the way we view ourselves and in the way others view us?… Read More »

Loneliness & Community

According to a 2018 large-scale survey from a major health care provider, a huge chunk of Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and a lack of significance in their relationships. Almost half say they sometimes or always feel alone or “left out”, and 13% of Americans say that zero people know them well. The survey points out that loneliness seems to be getting worse in each successive generation even though we live in a world that is more interconnected than ever before.

Judaism has always placed a huge emphasis on building community and building institutions that will cultivate community. Yet in the end of the day, buildings alone to do not create community, instead they can merely facilitate and stimulate… Read More »

Understanding Mental Health

One of the biggest challenges facing our generation is the issue of Mental Health and its ramifications on individuals, families and communities. Studies show that 44 Million American Adults have been diagnosed with a Mental Health issue and a staggering 12% of youth in this country, a number which continues to climb.  

As part of my work I visit many people in all kinds of situations including some who are going through some painful and challenging adversities. Yet when I visit and work with families or individuals who are dealing with a Mental Health issue within the family, there is often a pain and suffering beneath the surface that is beyond words and articulation.

Thankfully, the stigma issues often associated with Mental… Read More »

Photos, Recap & Audio of Lecture by Dr. David Rosmarin on Spirituality & Mental Health, What Science has to Say?

20190131_191752.jpgLast night Dr. David Rosmarin gave a fascinating interactive lecture and presentation on the topic of Spirituality & Mental Health and what Science has to say about this. The lecture was extremely informative with lots of evidence based data and anecdotes on this important topic and how it plays out in one of the most foremost issues facing our communities in the 21st century.

We thank Dr. Rosmarin as well as everyone who made the effort to join us for this important evening on such a frigid and icy night. 

20190131_193126.jpgDavid H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He supervises the provision of… Read More »

Why bother with a Hebrew Name?

Nametag.pngDo you like the movies of Issur Danielovitch Demsky (Kirk Douglas)? Were you fascinated by the tricks of Ehrich Weiss (Harry Houdini)? Did you enjoy Lawrence Harvey Zeigler Live on CNN (Larry King)? Do you like any of the films directed by Allan Stewart Konigsberg (Woody Allen)?

The short list of famous personalities who have stage names which are different than their original names is part of a much longer list of many people that have spanned recent American History. The truth is, that some of them might actually have three layers to their names, as their Hebrew names may not have been part of their original legal name, but one that was given at birth and used at the Synagogue or for other ritual and religious purposes.

Many of us… Read More »

Raising Children

Holding Hands.pngThis morning as I was wrapped in my Talit and Tefillin and doing my morning prayers, my little two year old daughter got out of bed and came downstairs. Instinctively she came over to me and without saying a word, she raised both her arms and I bent down and picked her up and put her on my lap. She just wanted a simple morning cuddle and hug while I swayed back and forth and prayed and thanked G-d for moments like these and for all the blessings that we have in our lives.

Within a few short minutes she was done, and off she went to play and I was left to contemplate the moment as I finished my prayers.

I thought about her world through the perspective of a two year old, where life is a series of beautiful and happy playful moments with… Read More »

Chanukah Recap with Chabad of Sudbury

CTEEN BUS.jpgThank you to the hundreds of people who were able to participate in our Chanukah Programs in the run up and on Chanukah.

A huge crowd joined us on the first Sunday of Chanukah for the Glow in the Dark Chanukah Celebration. It was beautiful to see dozens of children (with tons of adults) enjoying the spectacular show by Comedian Juggler Bryson Lang and all of the Glow in the Dark games and activities. Lighting the Menorah together with so many of you was inspiring and beautiful.

Of course a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who gave their time and helped make this event a success. Thank you Shayna Freeman, Abby Schwartz, Maya Drakulich, Naome Drakulich, Lizzie KleynermanKayla Freeman and all the Freeman… Read More »

Beyond Thanksgiving

Untitled design (2).pngOn Thanksgiving weekend, there is lots of discussion and conversation about the many benefits of being thankful. Studies have shown that being thankful comes with lots of health and other benefits, including having healthier relationships, better self esteem, healthier living and so much more.

Recent studies have highlighted the importance of trying to be thankful every day, and not just limiting it to once or twice a year. Experts have suggested that a simple thing like taking the time to count your blessings in life before you go to sleep, instead of counting your sheep, can have incredible benefits on one's mindset.

In Judaism, being thankful is ingrained in our tradition and way of life. There are a plethora of teachings about… Read More »

Reflections & Response to the mass murder in the Etz Chaim Synagogue

ixCD10681832.jpgOn Saturday after the services at our Synagogue, I noticed a bouquet of flowers that had been left by some friendly neighbors, with a note stating that they were thinking of us. My mind started turning as I realized that something ominous must have happened, yet on the Sabbath I don’t use electronics and had no idea what might have occurred.

Over the next few hours, I was informed by others regarding what had happened and harsh news began to sink in. Then at the conclusion of Sabbath, as the full gruesome reality of what had happened became known, I was numb with pain and in absolute shock at this terrible mass murder that had just happened to my brethren.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the eleven murdered… Read More »

Is Hospitality a Mitzvah?

Untitled design.pngThey say that Italian guests leave without saying goodbye, but Jewish guests say goodbye but then they don’t know how to leave.

Is hosting guests simply a nice social thing to do or perhaps is there something intrinsically special about hosting guests?

I was raised in a home that having guests was the normal thing to do. Many Shabbats at our Shabbat table, we had guests from the community and other local people who would join us to celebrate Shabbat. Likewise many a weekend, we would end up with business travelers or other travelers who were traveling through London and would call Chabad and ask them for a place to stay for Shabbat. Luckily for us, we were one of the families that hosted these traveling guests and got to meet so… Read More »

My Phone Wasn't Charging

Charger 1.jpgThis morning, I plugged in my phone into the charger and checked back thirty minutes later and realized that the battery level had gone up just 3%. I quickly checked what is going on and shut down all running apps, but it didn’t seem to be the problem. I then discovered that somehow I wasn’t using the factory issued charger that came with my Galaxy phone, but rather was using a cheaper version that I had once bought as an extra, that looked almost like the original. I also realized that the cable I was using was not the original cable, so I quickly switched and puff, five minutes later the phone was filling up with juice ten times faster than it had been.

While so much of our lives are run from our phones, life is infinitely… Read More »

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Noah.jpgWhen most people hear the expression about “seeing light at the end of the tunnel” they think of the light and instant exit from a challenging situation. However they say that worrying Jewish mothers usually think of the light at the end of the tunnel as being the headlights of a train barreling towards them and about to run them down.

Sometimes things might truly be the light at the end of the tunnel in a good sense, but sometimes, the worrying Jewish mothers might be awfully right. But just because they are right it doesn’t mean it’s all over….

Noah the great and brave hero in this week’s Torah portion, is willing to go it alone and to remain the last man standing when it comes to morality and… Read More »

"Turn on the Lights"

dreamstime_s_85366843.jpgI was recently visiting a relative in NY who showed me this little gadget which can change the colors of light that are coming out of a light bulb in his kitchen. For some added fun, the light bulb can also stream music straight from their Spotify music list. These days with gadgets like these or using Alexa or other similar devices, one simply issues an instruction like, “turn on the lights” or “turn on the music”, and a second later the lights are on and lit up or the music is blasting.

 

While Google and others may be the driving force behind this tech revolution that is changing our homes and office spaces into Smart homes, where simple verbal instructions yield amazing results, they aren’t actually… Read More »

Sukkot Photos & Recap

 Thank you to everyone who joined us at the many Sukkot Celebrations we hosted over the last few days. It started on Sunday evening as dozens joined us for a beautiful and memorable Sukkot Dinner under the stars and then the fun continued throughout Sukkot and especially on Wednesday and Thursdaywhen we had multiple great events each day.

Some of the events were geared specifically to teens with the CTeen Kickoff Event, young children with the Sukkot Story Hour, older children with the Sports & BBQ at the Sukkah and adults with the Sushi in the Sukkah.

All the events were enjoyed by lots of happy people and families and it was a truly great way to start off the new year.

Thank you to Dr Sasha & Angela… Read More »

Yom Kippur Recap at Chabad of Sudbury

MitzvahsandTraditions.jpgWhat an incredible Yom Kippur! Thank you to the hundreds of adults and children who came through our doors over the course of Yom Kippur. From the moving start of Kol Nidrei, to the packed morning and Yizkor services, to the full house for the inspiring Neilah Closing Prayer, you all helped make Yom Kippur such an inspiring and powerful community experience.

I find Yom Kippur so beautiful as no one is forced to come to observe and pray, not by G-d, not by the community and not even by social pressure, yet so many hundreds choose to express their inner core by coming together to reflect, pray and connect in such a meaningful and powerful way.

Personally, the closing minutes of the Neilah prayer are the highlight of Yom Kippur, as the… Read More »

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