One of the greatest tragedies of our times is when every once in a while a young man or women makes a decision to walk away from generations of tradition, from years of education, from the love and encouragement of his or her parents to embrace a way that our fathers did not know. We watch in bewilderment when children from the best families and communities leave the fold.
Who are these children? Are they the rough and tough kids that make us feel… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on June 20, 2008 at 12:57pm —
Lately I have started praying for something new. I still pray for good health, for my children, for peace in Israel, and for parnossa — but I now realize that it really all comes down to one thing. I have started praying for the Shechinah. I realize that when G-d rests His Presence upon us, life begins to work. All the blessings that were somehow hidden from the eye become revealed. Life is smoother, happier and full of peace. We need peace in our lives, in our homes and in our country. We need… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on June 12, 2008 at 7:00pm —
The Baal Shem Tov once said: If a person, going about their business, encounters something ugly like corruption or violence, he or she should stop and think. Why is G-d showing me this picture?
There must be a reason. The scene before us is a mirror, which reflects an aspect of our own image. G-d knows that we are incapable of seeing ugliness in ourselves, so He shows it to us in someone else. Upon witnessing a hideous act we should turn inward, says… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on June 5, 2008 at 10:44pm —