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The Challenges of Travel

Driving.jpgAs I drove along the highway on Wednesday as I headed down to New York, I suddenly noticed a big wheelbarrow in the inside lane. I quickly moved over to avoid it and called 911 to report it so that the police could safely stop the traffic and remove the danger. When I called they told me that they are already on to it and will be there any minute to take care of it. We continued driving down the Interstate 84 and I chatted and learned a little with my son as we enjoyed some quiet one on one time.

Suddenly about 60+ miles from Sudbury, the highway in front of me filled with smoke and all the brake lights on the cars in front of me went on as the cars slowed down. I presumed that a car or truck was on fire but then the smoke started to… Read More »

The 26 Year Old Ride

Rebbe & Yisroel.pngLast night a young man approached me as I left the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Queens, NY and asked me for a ride to Brooklyn where I was headed. After I ensured that he had a mask (and he had long since recovered from COVID), I said that he could come in my car and we began to drive.

As we drove down the Belt Parkway, I was still contemplating my own journey to this very same spot exactly 26 years earlier when I walked through the cemetery just after the interment. I remembered the packed flight from London, the heat and humidity of New York, and the grief and sadness that hit me as I approached the cemetery that very first time.
As these thoughts passed through my mind, I turned to my passenger and asked him his name, and… Read More »

It's all about the Challah

20200304_180125.jpgIn the months since Passover, we have managed to personally deliver hundreds of pre-Shabbat Packages filled with Challah, sometimes Chicken Soup and Desserts and packed with a dose of love, to families, friends, neighbors and others living in Sudbury and the surrounding area. By far the best feedback we get is for the Challah itself and everyone wants to know Shayna's recipe for this amazing Challah (which is available on request).

Yet besides the comments regarding the amazing taste of the Challah, we also get so many comments, like "it reminded me of my mother", "it took me back to my childhood", or people sending us heartfelt and often emotional beautiful letters and feedback. Obviously it is not simply the Challah… Read More »

Light it Up

Canva - Child boy and mother playing..jpgImagine a small gold cup full to the brim with pure olive oil with a wick leaning on its side waiting its turn to share its light. Suddenly a lamplighter approaches and momentarily stalls next to the wick and behold there is a spark and a hiss and then the wick lights up. The lamplighter pauses momentarily to make sure that the wick is burning independently and now beginning to give its own beautiful light and glow, and only then does it move on to the next cup of oil waiting to be lit.

Imagine a person overflowing with G-d given potential and with talent and capabilities ready to be fired up, sometimes though just waiting for the spark that is going to ignite the flame and cause this person to begin to shine. Along comes a lamplighter, a… Read More »

Let's Recognize the Spark of Humanity

Canva - Racial Ethnic Social Issue.jpgIn 1991 a young six-year-old child by the name of Gavin Cato was killed in a terrible and tragic car accident in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and the resulting tension after his death, led to three days of race riots.

When things finally calmed down and the community began to heal, David Dinkins the then mayor of New York, came to visit my late mentor the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schnersohn to discuss the situation and ask for a blessing. In the conversation as they spoke about the two sides uniting and coming together, the Rebbe pointed out that in truth it is not really two sides, rather in the Rebbe’s words “everyone is on one side and part of one community coming together under the leadership of the city”.

The… Read More »

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