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Think Before You Eat?

 

"Think before you Speak" is a commonly known concept which makes a lot of sense and can help you deliver clear messages to others you are communicating with and not get your foot stuck in your mouth. But have you ever heard of the concept of "Think Before You Eat"?

Well Judaism actually has a lot to say about this and considers it to be a critical component of healthy living.

Why would you think before you eat, and what would you even be thinking about?

The truth is, that the origins of this concept, don't begin with thinking before eating, but with thinking after eating, as it states in Torah portion of this week, "and you will eat, be satisfied, and then bless G-d". This verse implies that… Read More »

DENIED ENTRY TO ISRAEL / THE REAL STORY

DENIED ENTRY TO ISRAEL / THE REAL STORY

20190628_161936.jpgDesperate to enter Israel, entreating and asking in every way possible to be able to walk in Israel even for just a short while, all the while declaring true love for the land and the real inheritors of the land.

Yet the request was not to be granted.

Despite all of the entreaties, and despite the tremendous integrity of the leader requesting access, the request was turned down and ....... Moses would have to suffice with merely seeing the land of Israel, but not actually entering it.

Yes, that is the Torah Portion that we read about this Shabbat in VaEtchanan, where Moses describes, how he beseeches G-d to be allowed to enter the Land of Israel, yet he was turned down.

Why did Moses want to… Read More »

Mass Shootings, Terror in Israel, the 9th of Av, Then, Now & The Future

ELPASO.jpgThe week started off with dreadful news of two mass shootings and America was once again shaken to the core. Dozens of people were killed by two crazed hate filled individuals, in two different incidents. The nation was jolted once again as it faced the horror of more mass killings and the shocking sight of hundreds of loved ones mourning their family members who they had been with just moments before.

The clamor of condemnations from across the spectrum quickly followed as the country continues to fret about how to combat the scourge of these terrible attacks. Obviously a healthy approach will look at how we can preempt and prevent these attacks, by looking at a whole range of issues, including trying to prevent senseless… Read More »

WASTE OR GROWTH?

20190730_182551.jpgNot everything that we throw out is truly junk, and sometimes from what appears to be waste, can come great potential.

At the Chabad Center of Sudbury, we try and throw most of our peels, and scraps of vegetables into a small area on the side of the property where it can compost and help new things grow. Imagine my surprise when earlier this week, I discovered a large Squash plant with several little Squashes growing on it, that was growing wild near where we have been placing the peels and scraps of vegetables.

Ironically, I had wanted to grow some this year, but did not get around to it, and now we have some and hopefully we will get to enjoy them, along with other stuff that we actually planted and nurtured.

Of course, this left… Read More »

An Encounter with History

Yemin Moshe.jpgThe Yemin Moshe neighborhood, is a breathtaking series of cobblestone streets and alleys on the side of a hill overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem that features beautiful small homes and terraces which are covered in all kinds of wonderful flowers, vines and plants. Along with the neighborhood next door, Mishkenot Shananim, this neighborhood was among the first ones built outside the walls of the Old City by Sir Moses Montefiore in the 1890’s when Jews were afraid to live outside the secure walls of the city.

Often when I am in Jerusalem for a Shabbat, I enjoy taking a walk there, to soak in the views of the hills of Jerusalem and the Old City from the serenity and quiet of this beautiful neighborhood.

On a recent trip, I noticed… Read More »

Hebrew School now enrolling for Sep 2019 / Join dozens of other happy families

 This past year was an amazing year of growth at Chabad Sudbury Hebrew School with dozens of students from the Sudbury area and beyond, and a year packed with excitement, learning and growth. We had lots of new families, join us this year and we have received wonderful feedback from them, including saying things like "nothing in the world would make us miss their year end celebration, after such an amazing year", or "our only regret is that we didn't start him earlier".

September 2019 is just around the corner, we invite all our current students to reenroll for another great year and if you don't yet have a Hebrew School for your child, please consider signing up your child in this great and amazing… Read More »

Bar Mitzvah at a Golden Age!

Hand.jpgAn elderly man was one of several new faces to join us at our Shabbat program at the Wingate today.

As we began to sing some of the songs, he sang along beautifully with a graceful and melodic voice and seem to appreciate the songs in a different way than usual. I asked him his background and it turns out that he was a singer for his entire life, singing at all kinds of venues, weddings and Bar Mitzvah's.

 

As we reminisced about his life and where he grew up, he mentioned that he himself had never had a Bar Mitzvah as his parents were too poor to make one. The irony struck me, here was a man who had spent his whole life bringing joy to others through his songs and music, yet never got to celebrate his own personal Bar Mitzvah.

I… Read More »

Hebrew School Year End Celebration

20190602_101436.jpgThis past Sunday, dozens of students and their family members joined together for an exciting year end celebration and award ceremony. The students shared some presentations connected with topics that they had learned this year including art projects, narrating about Jewish heroes and lessons learned and other creative descriptions of the topics they had covered in the various grades.

A special thank you was given to all of the dedicated helpers, volunteers and teachers for all of their hard work and for their part in helping make Hebrew School so much fun.  

20190602_103923.jpgWe gave a big thank you and Mazal Tov to Hebrew School teacher, Chavi Fireman, who has been with us for the last three years and is getting married and moving to New… Read More »

Huge crowd joins "Behind Enemy Lines" event with Marthe Cohn

20190529_192236.jpgThank you to the huge crowd who joined us this past Wednesday evening to hear Marthe Cohn share her incredible inspiring story of survival in the Holocaust and how she became a spy for the Allies against the Nazis.

Marthe who is now 99 years old, captivated us for an hour and a half with her smile and positive attitude as she retold her story of survival and tribulations, of brave French Citizens who risked their lives to save countless Jews, and what motivated her to put her life at risk even after she herself had been saved.

To see the full room of young people, adults and so many others come out to be a part of the evening was truly inspirational.

Marthe described the efforts of her sister and herself to save hundreds of people and… Read More »

The Power of our Words

parenting.jpgYesterday, I was visiting someone and they complimented me on something that I had been working on and on the apparent progress I had made. Little did they know that the last few days had been a little challenging in this specific area and I was feeling a little challenged. Yet knowing that they had no idea, and they had said the compliment in a very genuine way, encouraged me in a very profound way to make more progress and to keep going.

As I walked away, it reminded me of the power of our words, and how the compliments and positive words that we share with each other, can have such a profound and encouraging impact. All too often we don't realize just how much influence our words have, and may not bother utilizing this wonderful… Read More »

Reflections on the Tragedy in Poway

Reflections Tragedy in Poway AP.jpgThis past Saturday, on the last day of Passover as we prepared to recite the Yizkor Memorial Prayer at the Chabad Center of Sudbury, I read and spoke about the meaning of the words of Isaiah which are traditionally read on that day. In that reading, Isaiah talks of our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world where all of mankind will work with together for a common greater good that has been envisioned for this world by G-d, when of course there will be no more fighting and bigotry.

Meanwhile thousands of miles away in California, my colleague Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was preparing to read the same verses with the same message at the Chabad Center of Poway. But the deadly gunfire that was directed at him and his congregants in… Read More »

Passover Recap & Update for Final Days

What a joyous and meaningful Passover it has been so far!

Thank you to the dozens of guests who graced at our Seder Tables and thank you to the dozens who have been coming over the course of Passover to our daily services. Chabad of Sudbury was also able to put on several Passover programs at local senior homes like the Wingate & Orchard Hill to bring the joy of Passover to the residents.

On a personal note, having my parents and two of my siblings and their families to celebrate Passover with has made it extra enjoyable and meaningful on many levels.

We will conclude Passover with the final two days of the Holiday beginning this evening and continuing tomorrow and Saturday with services from 10am - 12pm and with the Yizkor Memorial… Read More »

A Passover Prayer in the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp

CHAMETZ OR MATZAH IN BERGEN BELSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP
WhatsApp Image 2019-04-17 at 9.25.50 PM.jpegThis picture is a handwritten prayer that was composed by spiritual leaders in the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp for people to say before the ate Leavened Food on Passover due to the difficult and dangerous living conditions. 

It was written down in multiple copies by Elchanan Emanuel HY"D who after doing back breaking slave labor for twelve hours, toiled and worked hard to make multiple papers with this prayer for people to use on the night of Passover in the Concentration Camp. Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Concentration Camp inmates could not eat Matzah and had to eat leavened food to survive but were very torn at not being able to do Passover in the… Read More »

A Blossoming Peach Tree

Peach Flower.jpgEvery so often I end up in my wife's hometown of Los Angeles where even in midwinter the plants are blooming and the flowers are blossoming. When I see that, especially when I know that it is still winter back east and the branches are bare and the ground is frozen, it is both enjoyable and refreshing.

At the same time, it always make me think, that there is something uniquely invigorating about Spring that is only appreciated in the wake of a Winter. When the first flowers break out the still cold ground and the blossoms appear on the barren trees which appeared to have been dead for the last few months, there is an incredible life that is beginning to burst forth that is inspiring and uplifting.

The truth is, that the Winter is not… Read More »

Photos & Report of amazing event with former Refusenik Yosef Mendelevich

 It is not every day that you meet someone who stared down a Death Sentence, spent 11 years in the Gulag and kept up his Jewish pride and positive attitude throughout. Thank you Rav Yosef Mendelevich for an incredibly inspiring evening last night and for all your perseverance on behalf of Soviet Jewry and world Jewry in all the years since then.

Another beautiful dimension of last night, was that besides the speaker, we had multiple Jewish Americans who had been very active on behalf of Soviet Jewry back in the 70's at the same time that his trial was going on, and we also Jewish people who were originally from Russia who shared their memories of this incident and the impact that it had on them. One lady told of the tension in… Read More »

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