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Thinking Small

When my wife and I decided to settle in Israel, we set about to find the "right" apartment. It was a thrilling and challenging experience, as...

Shining from the Inside Out: Adolescence and You

Adolescence – The Darkness Before the Dawn Do you remember what it was like to be an adolescent? The anger, the confusion, the rebellion? The...

Teenagers: The Rebellion of Youth

The rebellion in young people is not a crime. On the contrary: it is the fire of the soul that refuses to conform, that is dissatisfied with the status...

Why Say No?

Just Say No. You see it on the subway. You hear it on the radio. You can find it on posters all over the city. Just Say No. The city uses that slogan to...

My Father-In-Law Was A Nice Guy; But Was He A Success?

Rabbi Zalman Itkin (1953-2006) Open up any Chabad magazine or website and all you see are pictures of Chabad rabbis and shluchim (representatives)...

I've lost enthusiasm in Judaism, how do I become inspired?

Judith: I had a question about how to start to feel inspired again. Judith: I've been frum for several years, I learn as much as possible, but...

Man Cannot Create a Utopia

Contemporary Jewish society treats the concept of the Messiah with much apprehension. Mainstream Jewish life, it seems, has progressed beyond the belief...

Addition

On the eight days of Chanukah we kindle an eight-candle menorah.  But we don’t light all eight every night.  On the first night we kindle...

Does Judaism view men and women as equals?

Instead of arguing the obvious fact of nature, that we are indeed different, I would like to side with the egalitarian opinion that we are indeed equal....

What is Humility?

Rabbi Dov Mandel: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Jonothan: what is humility? Rabbi Dov Mandel: You have come to the right place Rabbi Dov...