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Monday, April 21, 2014

Author Archive: Rabbi Chaim Zaklos

Miracles sometimes are a matter of perspective

Do you believe in miracles? Have you ever experienced any? Think back to this morning, to the moment when you opened your eyes. Have you experienced any since then? Before you answer, consider this: You opened your eyes! Is that anything less than a miracle? How about your mobility, hearing, cognition? Are these things that […]

The convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving

It hadn’t happened since 1918 and it won’t occur again until 2070. This year, American Jewry enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner adorned with the lights of their Hanukkah menorah marking a historic convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. While the Jewish calendar is slightly shorter than its Gregorian counterpart, rarely does it linger so far behind as to offer us […]

Jews refuse to forget, so there will always be a future

Memory vs History This coming Tuesday is the Jewish national day of mourning (Tisha B’Av) when we will recall the destruction of our Holy Temple nearly 2,000 years ago by fasting and mourning among other observances of the day. But why remember? Some people cannot understand why we Jews go on about the Holocaust – and […]

Remembering the Ten Commandments on Shavout

The holiday of Shavuot is the day on which we celebrate the great revelation of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, 3,324 years ago. The souls of all Jews, from all times, came together to hear the Ten Commandments from G‑d Himself.  This year, on Wednesday, many went to their local synagogue to […]

Pass on history through stories during Passover Seder

Monday evening marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, an eight-day holiday commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The highlight of Passover is the two “Seders,” observed on the first two nights of the holiday (Monday and Tuesday evening). The Seder is a fifteen-step, family-oriented, tradition and ritual […]

Faith and reason – rabbi’s synthesis of two never intersecting planes

Faith and Reason. It’s not just that they’re natural antagonists, but that they seem to inhabit two different, never intersecting planes. Faith is unequivocal; reason is reasonable. Faith is supra-human and thus (to us) unreal; reason is realness made human-sized, defined and confined, drained of wonder and life. For many centuries each dwelled on its […]

Gather around the Shabbat table on Friday nights

Despite the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, close to 4,500 Hasidic rabbis, community lead­ers and activists gathered in Manhattan on Nov. 11 for the grand banquet of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. With a growing scope of centers worldwide, Chabad attracts millions of Jews and non-Jews alike. Seated in the crowd along with my […]

Rosh Hashannah: More than just a New Year

Throughout the year, the Jewish calendar is filled with holidays commemorating key historic spiritual and physical milestones in Jewish history. Passover recalls our flight from Egypt, Shavuot receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai, Purim the saving of the Jewish nation. One might wonder as the Jewish High Holidays approach (Rosh Hashanah Sept. 17-18 and Yom […]

‘The Rebbe’ continues to be an influence, 18 years after his death

Yesterday, June 23, marked the 18th anniversary of passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory. Rabbi Menachem M. Shneerson is considered to have been the most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern times. To hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of admirers around the world, he was, and still is, “the Rebbe.” Undoubtedly, the one individual […]

It’s important Passover story remain relevant

On Friday April 6, Jews around the world will sit down with family and friends to celebrate Passover with a traditional meal called the “Seder.” During the Seder, we relive and discuss the Exodus from Egypt and we observe various traditions such as eating the “Matzah,” an unleavened cracker, with horseradish and drinking four cups […]

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