Kashering Skills For Residential Vacations

Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers returning from the campaign: This is the rule God commanded Moses: As far as the gold, silver, copper, iron, tin and lead are concerned, whatever was used over fire must be brought over fire and purged, and then purified with the sprinkling water. However, that which was not […]

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Overcoming the Culture Shock of Coming Home

Home Sweet Home? How marvelous to return home after a long trip! Your own bed, your favorite chair, the foods you’ve always loved and of course the family and friends you missed so badly. Coming home from the outposts of society, from the other side of Mars, where you had to struggle with a language […]

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Every Trip Has Two Goals – Yours and God’s

Travel Disappointments When traveling abroad, whether for family, community, business or pleasure you probably go with a list of hopes and expectations. If it’s for family you hope to meet someone, improve or repair a relationship or just enjoy their company. When it’s for business, you hope to meet your contact, close the deal or […]

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A Jewish Solution to Jet Lag

‘If you find it hard to sleep, stop counting sheep and talk to the shepherd.’  (author unknown) Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, […]

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The Need For Privacy on the Go – Parashat Balaak

The Need For Privacy The need for privacy is hardwired into every human being, though how one expresses this need is very individualistic. I know people who when eating in a restaurant, unconsciously put a hand over their mouth. It’s obvious that they’ll never ever walk down the street munching on a pizza. They feel […]

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How to Be Welcome Wherever You Go

Hosting is Like Gambling Taking in foreign house-guests is like gambling. You may meet wonderful people from the other side of the globe arriving with a bottle of your favorite wine and flowers. As a bonus they’ll even keep you entertained with inspiring life stories. On the other hand, your guests could be sullen, irritable […]

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When in Rome, do as the Jewish Romans do

Shabbat or Shabbos? Last week I reviewed a solution for weekends on the road in the post Shabbat Travel Kit, but the issue which bugged me most while writing, was whether I should write “Shabbat” or “Shabbos”? Personally I’m more comfortable with Shabbos, also known as the Askenazic pronunciation. That’s what I grew up with […]

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Shabbat Travel Kit

Shabbos on the road in a Jewish community or at least a Chabad House can be a lovely experience. You’ll get invited out and won’t need to take care of all the pesky details of Shabbos. But when you travel to the Jewish backwaters, even in North America or Western Europe,  you’ll need preparation. Lets […]

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A Lonely Prayer

Lonely Prayer at the Summit Dawn was breaking in Tanzania as the Goldsteins reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth reaching up to 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea-level. Months of planning, training and preparation had gone into this trip and it […]

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Spirituality of an Earthquake

Korach and the Earthquake Since the days of Korach, the mere thought of a major earthquake fills people with dread. Of course Korach’s untimely demise along with his rebellious followers was a unique divine punishment for trying to incite the Jewish people against Moshe’s leadership. A singularity. Hopefully never to occur again. In the post-Korach […]

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