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October 7, 2011
The customs of Yom Kippur - Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year. It is the Day of Atonement - "For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G-d" (Leviticus 16:30). For 26 hours, from several minutes before sunset on Oct. 7 to after nightfall on Oct. 8, Jews abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bod... Full Story

April 23, 2010
Road Work - In accordance with Jewish tradition, out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. Chessed Halberstam worked in the employ of Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. One of her duties was to be a driver for the Rebbe's wife. Usuall... Full Story

March 19, 2010
Road work - Chessed Halberstam worked in the employ of Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. One of her duties was to be a driver for the Rebbe's wife. Usually they would ... Full Story

February 12, 2010
My kind of hero - Last month I wrote of Noah being considered both "good" and "bad" by our sages. For the average person, Noah was a hero. And who does not love a hero? Superheroes may be fantastic but they are, realistically speaking, beyond our reach. We can fantasize about flying through the skies in our capes, climbing skyscrapers and rescuing damsels in distr... Full Story

January 8, 2010
Try, try again - In accordance with Jewish tradition, out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. While we have been taught of the wonderful things that Noah did to save the world, Noah has endured harsh criticism through the ages leading us to wonder why he was both "good" and "bad" at ... Full Story

December 11, 2009
Heaven on earth - In accordance with Jewish tradition, out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. I remember someone saying, "I want to go to Heaven. But, not right now." Well, you can be "in" Heaven without going "right now." Some people say they had a heavenly or hellish experience to ... Full Story

November 13, 2009
What is faith and belief in G-d? - In accordance with Jewish tradition, out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. Even an atheist can agree that a first cause, an original being, must have preceded the universe. This original cause or source is what so humbled Einstein, although he incorrectly described... Full Story

October 16, 2009
Why we feel compelled to help others in need - In accordance with Jewish tradition, out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. I am often asked each year why millions of dollars and much time and energy are spent to build synagogues, religious schools, and a slew of other religious and academic institutions. You may... Full Story

July 24, 2009
Religion column - How to criticize Out of respect, I do not write G-d's name, even an English substitute, in a place where it may be discarded or erased. In Chabad, we are taught many things, including how to criticize - and care. A Kohen is a priest, a descendent of Aaron, the High Priest of the tribe of Levi. More than three millennia ago the Kohanim were ch... Full Story

May 22, 2009
Keeping a positive attitude - In these stressful times, it is important to be tolerant and have a positive attitude toward our work, our family and other things that surround us each day, no matter what the challenge or disappointment. According to teachings of the Talmud, a compendium of Jewish law and thought, one is to constantly strive to do more tha... Full Story

April 17, 2009
In spite of the economy, I'm happy - The economy is having great difficulty. Should you be happy? We determine happiness by what we "have" financially. Money, stocks, 401(k) and various investments. That is where many people go wrong. Their perceived happiness goes up or down like the stock market depending on how the economy is doing. Money itself is not a measure of worth. Money... Full Story

March 6, 2009
What is Judaism? - By Rabbi Konikov To describe Judaism will take more space than this column will allow. One aspect of describing my religion is that Judaism is the most powerful idea that the world has ever seen and Jews have a message that the world needs to hear and abide by. The moral concepts of many other religions are based on the words of God, who chose ... Full Story

February 13, 2009
Jewish laws on the practice of cremation - I was recently asked by a dying Jew to say appropriate words at this person's funeral. Once I realized that this would follow cremation, my choices were limited, since Jewish law prohibits participation in a ceremony surrounding cremation. Cremation is not unknown in the Jewish community. As a rabbi, I try to spread knowledge of the Jewish law so... Full Story

January 2, 2009
More on the Jewish faith's belief in the absolute value of life - My last column sparked much conversation. Some people were especially attentive when I drew the parallel of taking action to end a life as opposed to not taking that action, even if the end result is the same to the not too distant past Terri Schiavo situation. Jewish law tells us that every individual hu... Full Story


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