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Brocha Lent is a Jewish mother like no other

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 11:57 am
Posted by TheJewishMother.co.uk

Lent FamilyA couple of weeks ago I was having a rant on Twitter (as per usual) because I had to cook Shabbos for 10 people. But I was very quickly put in my place by one Nottingham Student Ellie Rapoport who responded and said that their head of Chabad, Brocha Lent, cooks Shabbos dinner for over 100 people per week, EVERY WEEK!!!

Is this for real?? I had to find out for myself…

So I got hold of Brocha Lent and it is true! Brocha is a Jewish Mother like no other. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she has been running the Nottingham Chabad for 6 years. On top of shopping, bookkeeping, event planning and catering to every student’s needs, she also home schools 3 gorgeous boobalahs. I was desperate to know how this does all of this and... ( Read More » )

Not Working for Your Bread

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm
Posted by Rabbi Eitan Webb

We work to have food which gives us the energy needed to work. What would happen if we cut work out of the process? What if there were just food and energy? This actually happened when the Jewish people were travelling in the desert and eating the manna from heaven. King David describes it this way in Psalms:

כד וַיַּמְטֵר עֲלֵיהֶם מָן לֶאֱכֹל; וּדְגַן-שָׁמַיִם, נָתַן לָמוֹ.

24 And He caused manna to rain upon them for food, and gave them of the grain of heaven.

The Torah refers to the manna as bread from heaven, and the bread that we eat is referred to as bread from the earth. The blessings that we make before each one reflect these differences. Rabbi Menahem Azariah da Fano (1548-1620) teaches that the blessing on... ( Read More » )

Positive or Negative? The Month of Tevet

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 2:04 pm
Posted by Ms. Chaya Block

Reality, for the most part, is subjective. We determine, based on how we think and feel about something, what it is. There are things we like, those we aren’t crazy about and then what we stay far away from. But speak to another and our dislikes are their favorites. It is just a matter of opinion. We decide, to a great extent, the reality that surrounds us.

The Hebrew month of Tevet is a great example of how simultaneous realities can co-exist. The question is what we want to focus on. The last days of Chanukah are celebrated during the beginning of Tevet. Chanukah is all about light, miracles and the ability to overcome. And yet, just ten days into the month is a fast day. On the 10th of Tevet we mourn the siege of the walls... ( Read More » )

Singing What You Mean: Parshat Vayigash

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

nophone.jpgIt’s not always what you say but how you say it. And sometimes we find that by not saying directly what we mean, we are able to be heard much more clearer. This lesson is profoundly taught in the Torah portion of Vayigash.

There are times that news is just too powerful, too intense to say it outright. This is why we try to ensure that certain things only be said in person, only when the person is sitting down and prepared to hear it. In today’s day and age this can be tough. After all, it might be weeks before we see someone but will only take seconds to send a text. And so, we have seen that unfortunately people receive even the worst of news often via impersonal technology in a way that makes that news even harder to deal... ( Read More » )

G-d's sense of direction: Splitting the sea

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 3:48 pm
Posted by Rabbi Aron Moss

Question:
Why did the Israelites have to pass through the Red Sea? On my map of the Middle East, the route from Egypt to Israel is directly through the desert. The sea is totally out of the way. G‑d led them on a detour, trapping them between the sea and the chasing Egyptians, and then split the sea. Does G‑d have no sense of direction?

Answer:
In describing the Exodus, the verse tells us that “G‑d did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, which was close by, because G‑d said, ‘The people might reconsider when they see war, and return to Egypt.’”

Nevertheless, the biblical story is meant to provide us a lesson for our personal lives. So here’s how I understand the words of the sages on... ( Read More » )


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