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A Failed Final and a Second Chance: Pesach Sheini

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 4:10 pm
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

I'll never forget that final that I bombed. And I mean bombed. Not only didn’t I pass, I am pretty sure I didn’t get a single answer correct. It wasn’t that I hadn’t taken it seriously. It was that life, at that time, was more serious than my exam. I had lost a friend to senseless violence during Spring break, and I still hadn’t been able to properly focus by the time finals rolled around.

As a Freshman I was too intimidated to meet with my professor and explain what I was going through. I had been forewarned that he wouldn’t care and that he never accepted excuses. Period.

So I looked through my notes as best as I could but nothing was sinking in as my head and heart were too full with emotions to... ( Read More » )

We Are All Boston!

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 4:08 pm
Posted by Mrs. Sara Esther Crispe

My daughter asked me why someone would attack a marathon. She couldn’t fathom how runners could be a target. Unfortunately, it made perfect sense to me. The message of terror, the purpose of terror, is to make us feel that no where, absolutely no where, is safe.

As Jews we are no stranger to those seeking to destroy us. The Torah tells us that we must never forget the nation of Amalek whose mission it was to rid the world of our people. Yet Chassidic philosophy teaches a transformative lesson in that the numerical equivalent of Amalek is the same as that of the word "safek" meaning "doubt."

We are strong. We are resilient. We will overcome. But only if we don’t let doubt overwhelm us. When we doubt we... ( Read More » )


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