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A View From My Three Year Old World

20200412_212927 (1).jpgIt has been a few months since I have stopped going to school and I stopped having to wake up early and get into a car first thing in the morning. This is because of something called "Coronavirus" which we don’t want to catch or share with others.

We have Zoom school every day for 30 minutes just like my big brothers and sister and I pray and talk to my friends and listen to my Morah teach us and tell us stories. I have learned how to unmute myself and to mute myself too and I have learned all about Zoom….

I often want to go to a park and just play on the slides and swings, but my parents tell me we can’t because of the Coronavirus, that makes me sad every time I ask and we can’t go.

We often go for… Read More »

Am I "Matter" or do I "Matter"?

Canva - you matter.jpgWhat do you need to do or accomplish in life in order to matter?

Or put in other words am I matter or do I matter?

Do I simply exist as an organism on this planet and I am just a piece of matter that can also move around and have fun, or do I actually matter in the cosmic plan of creation?

Often in today's society you are quickly measured and evaluated by what you accomplish, your career, your fame, wealth, knowledge, how you dress and so much more. All too often the first questions people are asked are what is your name and what do you do and that is how they are quickly assigned to a category of society and labels.

Yet does that perspective actually touch on why you actually matter?

Most often, not necessarily.

In Chassidic… Read More »

Growing from Life's Lessons and Experiences

“Ah, I get it”!

These were the words that a young student in one of my Zoom Hebrew School classes shared a couple of weeks ago, as we had a class on the meaning of life and what is our purpose in the world. As I heard him say those words and saw a light go on in his mind and the meaningful and content look on his face, I too was so happy and grateful that the message of the class had resonated so deeply with this one student.

As I reflected on the moment, I thought that just for these words “ah, I get it”, it was worth preparing and teaching the whole class. I was even more gratified to hear that for the year end presentation for Hebrew School this student has decided to present on this very topic. While this… Read More »

Reclaiming the Rhythm of Life

20200505_141030.jpgThe other day I had to go into Boston to get some things from the Jewish Day School where I teach and my kids learn, and two of my sons excitedly joined me for the trip. The thrill of this exhilarating road trip was palpable as we drove on the highway for the first time in months and the grinding trip which we normally did in gridlock traffic every single school day, suddenly became the most cool and fun trip. The kids marveled at the empty highways, the construction sites which had changed dramatically over the last few months, and at the city of Boston which seemed almost deserted and sleepy.

As we drove down the Masspike and chatted together it got me thinking about something that has been on my mind for the last few months, and that… Read More »

How a Kidney Recipient saved 800+ Lives

Canva - F021_3720.jpgWhile waiting for a Kidney Transplant in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in 2007, Avraham Yeshayahu Heber a teacher and principal in a Yeshiva in Israel got to know and befriend several other patients who were on dialysis. One of these people suffering and desperately awaiting a Kidney Transplant to save their lives was a young 19 year old named Pinchas Turgeman, who had already received a kidney as a child, and had lost a brother in a terrorist attack. Avraham Heber and Pinchas became very close as they both endured their suffering, treatments and wait and hopes for a transplant. Heber ended up being the lucky recipient of a Kidney Donor and quickly recovered but unfortunately just weeks before a scheduled Kidney transplant… Read More »

On being Positive & COVID-19

Canva - Person's Hand On A Covid19 Sign.jpgLonely, anxious, worried, agitated and fearful, are just some of the many descriptions I am hearing regarding how the loneliness and quarantining has been making people feel. There are many real concerns about health, about loss of income, about not being able to be together with loved ones, and not having the ability to get together with friends and community which are all combining to have a negative effect on people’s feelings and emotions.

There is no doubt about it, the COVid-19 Pandemic and the shutdown have many other unintended consequences on so many levels. Yet perhaps foremost for so many, is the emotional toll it is taking on the wellbeing of people of all ages. This is true of seniors, empty nesters, middle aged people… Read More »

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