Monthly Archives: December 2016

Zos Chanukah – The Power Of The 8th Day Of Chanukah

Zos Chanukah, the eizos-chanukahghth day of Chanukah, is said to be a special time for Tefillah, and according to the Bnei Yissoschar it is a time of Gmar Din for the Tefillos of the Yomim Nora’im – the High Holidays.

The Rebbe of Ruzin is quoted as saying that the Tefillos of a simple person on Zos Chanukah is comparable to the Tefillos of Tzadikim on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 

On the last day of Chanukah we read the Torah portion of “Zos Chanukas HaMizbeiach” – “THIS is the dedication of the altar”.. By saying “THIS is Chanukah” we are indicating the eight day of Chanukah encapsulates the entire festival of Chanukah. Up until now, every day ushered in was one of potential. On the eighth day, the final day, all comes into actuality with ALL the lights being lit. read more

Kislev – TRUST Hashem – TRUST The Process

This past Motzei Shabbat I was asked by the Chicago Shidduch Initiative to take part as one of the panelists at a singles Shabbaton addressing the topic “How to Ready Ourselves for a Healthy Happy Marriage”.
I would like to share with you some of the thoughts I covered that evening. Once a Gerrer friend of Reb Mendel Futerfas’ from London asked him his advice.

He had been in audience with his Rebbe, the Beis Yisroel, Reb Yisroel Alter of Ger, and he expressed to him that he has trouble with the concept of “emunat chachamim,” faith in the sages.

Instead of addressing the question though, the Rebbe merely responded “nu.” This chassid was unsure about the intent of this “nu” and turned to R. Mendel for his opinion.

R. Mendel responded: “What don’t you understand? The Rebbe’s intent was to say ‘nu…’ and in G-d you do believe?!” read more

New Resolutions – That LAST!!!

resolutions1It is now 2 months since Rosh Hashana – the beginning of the New Year 5777. For many, it meant a time of new resolutions. Excitement. Renewal. Reconnection. (see last Tip of the Week). All good intentions for the year to come. However, only 2 months into the year, and we have to ask ourselves “how are the resolutions coming along?” Some will laugh it off forgeting if they even made a new resolution or what indeed they were. Others will respond with the classical “it’s the thought that counts”. And yet others a bit more optimistic will say, “I’m waiting for January 1st to give it another chance but this time I’m serious”. read more