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Life

We’re Almost There: Living with Patience, Perseverence & Purpose

May 26, 2016, by

​Rabbi Cohen introduces the key characters in his new book that have helped inspire him and enable personal development & growth. In the 2nd half of the show, he interviews Greg Zuckerman and they discuss how professional athletes have persevered to become great stars. Stay tuned for new episodes and interviews on how to be

Holy Nostalgia

May 26, 2016, by

One of the most unusual aspects of the Yovel (Jubilee) year is the return of land to its original owners. This reversion of (most) real estate back to its ancestral owners at Yovel was explained in an earlier d’var Torah as reflective of Yovel’s theme of Teshuva. The shofar is blown on Yom Kippur during Yovel, every Eved

Holocaust Survivor Sings National Anthem at Detroit Tigers Game

May 24, 2016, by

From the JTA: A Holocaust survivor, fulfilling a lifelong dream, sang the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Hermina Hirsch, 89, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit prior to the Tigers’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hirsch in an interview last month with the Detroit television station WWJ

A Colombian Church That Became Orthodox

May 19, 2016, by

How far would you go for your faith? The California Sunday Magazine has this amazing story about two Colombian church leaders, René Cano and Juan Carlos, who converted to Orthodox Judaism and took their megachurch with them. The story almost has Biblical echoes: “In groups of 30, men marched to the surgeon’s office to get

113-year-old Jewish woman now oldest person in the US

May 18, 2016, by

From The JTA: The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie. After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American. Since the death of another Goldie, 114-year-old Goldie Steinberg last year, Michelson has likely been the oldest Jew in

Giving Our Kids The Benefit of The Doubt

May 11, 2016, by

In this week’s Parsha we read the the most important mitzvah in the Torah according to Rabbi Akiva: v’ahavta l’rei’echa kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” How can we love our neighbor as ourselves? One way is to give the benefit of the doubt, dan l’kaf zchut. We want to always try to put ourselves in

I Accidentally Hired an Orthodox Rabbi for My Father’s Funeral

May 11, 2016, by

Adele Levin writes for The Washington Post about how she accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral. Levin only realizes after meeting Rabbi Eli Fink that she’s called the wrong rabbi and the mix-up has the makings of a screwball comedy: “We gathered in the funeral home: my sister, my Swiss mother with

From a Position of Strength

May 11, 2016, by

Most people seem to focus in on his or her weaknesses and negative behaviors. It’s almost natural. Even traditional (and perhaps outdated) psychology is centered on what’s wrong and then how to correct it. What if we took a different approach and tried to find a person’s strengths, no matter how many negatives there might be?

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