Monthly Archives: September 2013

Simchas Torah – Be a tree hugger!

I remember a cute and memorable mashal (parable) from my Rebbe in high school at W.I.T.S. in Milwaukee. It says in Mishle, “Eits Chaim Hee Lamachazikim bah” (3, 18) “She is a tree of life for those who grasp on to her”. The subject of this verse is the Torah. We sing this as we return the Torah to […]

Sukkos – A boost for your booth

SUKKOS – NOTES OF PUBLIC LECTURE IN OTTAWA, 2013 Zeman Simchasenu – The time of our happiness. What is happiness? We all have our own conceptions of where we can find the elusive happiness that we are all seeking. A Torah source for where happiness can be found: Pikudei Hashem Yesharim Mesamchei Lev – The […]

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Boost of Inspiration

I fondly remember a powerful thought from my great Rebbe, zt”l, in advance of Rosh Hashanah. As we know, Hashem sits in judgment on the awesome day of Yom Hadin (the day of judgment). The fate of every human being for the coming year hangs in the balance. Prosecuting angels face-off against defending angels, and […]

Using the Brand New Elevator at Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa for the Annual BBQ