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Vayishlach: Giving Back

By Jspace Staff on 11/14/2013 at 10:57 AM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Vayishlach: Giving Back

Two Jews once came to the local rabbi with a monetary dispute. "He owes me $50!" one claimed. "I know nothing of the sort!" the other argued. The rabbi ruled that the $50 had to be paid. The defendant began screaming, accusing the rabbi of unfairness. Surprised, the rabbi turned to the irate man and asked, "Yesterday, you had no problem accepting the substantial loss of money that resulted from your cow being deemed non-Kosher. And now you're losing yourself over $50?" The defendant shot the rabbi an angry look …More

Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

By Jspace Staff on 11/7/2013 at 11:42 AM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Vayetzei: Giving Thanks

It is the second week of November and we are starting to get in to the Thanksgiving mode, so what is the Jewish perspective on Thanksgiving? It depends what you mean by Thanksgiving. They tell the story of two horses that observed people arguing. The animals were curious; what could these human beings possibly be fighting about? After much deliberation, they concluded that the source of the tension must be a dispute over hay. Apparently, one man had claimed part of another's portion. Indeed, that was quite a …More

Toldot: Creating a Sense of Self

By Jspace Staff on 10/31/2013 at 11:51 AM

Categories: Religion, Judaism

Toldot: Creating a Sense of Self

You get a call from the bank that suspicious-looking charges have been posted to your account. It becomes apparent that someone has gotten ahold of your information and used it. You are now a victim of identity theft. How do you feel? There is perhaps no loss more profound and hurtful as the loss of one's identity. Money can be replaced, valuables come and go--but the self? The sense of invasion experienced when one can no longer claim ownership over his name runs deep. Almost everyone these days, it seems, goes …More

Chayei Sara: Spiritual Insurance

By Jspace Staff on 10/24/2013 at 10:39 AM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Chayei Sara: Spiritual Insurance

I assume you drive. I assume you wear a seat belt when you do. And I assume you do it for safety reasons. Oh, and yes, because you don't want a ticket either--but that's beside the point. Prudent individuals take precautions on the road, recognizing the inherent dangers of travel. They wear helmets when riding bicycles or motorcycles and avoid sending text messages at the wheel. Most people don't think about exactly how the seatbelt will protect them in the case of an accident, G-d forbid. They simply take it for …More

Vayera: Becoming Spiritually Driven

By Jspace Staff on 10/17/2013 at 12:28 PM

Categories: Religion, Judaism

Vayera: Becoming Spiritually Driven

The Declaration of Independence famously guarantees every person the right to the pursuit of happiness. What does that right mean to you? What would truly make you happy? Is it a dream home? Winning the lottery? Having a moment in the spotlight? Most people say, "If I had _________, I would be happy." But would you? There are plenty of wealthy people who resort to drugs and run to psychologists to deal with their depression. Money alone, it seems, cannot buy happiness. So what can? A human being is a composite …More

Lech Lecha: Always Keep Climbing

By Jspace Staff on 10/10/2013 at 12:41 PM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Lech Lecha: Always Keep Climbing

As a child, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was once playing with his friends. One at a time, the boys attempted to climb the tall tree that stood in the yard. His mother watched as, one by one, each child reached about half-way up and suddenly fell down onto the grass. Only her son managed to get to the top of the tree. "How is it that you succeeded where everyone else failed?" she asked in amazement. "Because," answered the future leader, "as they climbed up, the other boys all looked down to see how high they were, and …More

Noach: Acknowledging Our Smallness

By Jspace Staff on 10/3/2013 at 1:26 PM

Categories: Judaism, Religion

Noach: Acknowledging Our Smallness

We had just arrived at a Sheva Brochos reception in our honor during the week after our wedding. The host opened the door for us with a smile and graciously exclaimed, "Welcome to my home!" I can still picture his wife's expression as she corrected, "OUR home." When asked how things are going, most successful businessmen will simply reply, "Doing well." Others will respond to the same question with, "Thank G-d, business is good." Now, logically, the second answer is a bit out of place. What are you thanking …More

Shabbat Menu: Eating in the Sukkah

By Jspace Staff on 9/18/2013 at 3:46 PM

Category: Food

Every week Jspace will feature a Shabbat menu from start to finish, complete with sides and desserts to simplify your busy schedule. Find more Shabbat menus here! In honor of Sukkot, this week's menu is full of grains. It's a mitzvah to eat grains inside the sukkah, so this Shabbat dinner features some of my favorites. The meal starts off with a mushroom barley soup. It's a classic and everyone in my house loves it! For the main dish we have a roasted chicken stuffed with buckwheat, served with roasted …More

  • Spiced Cauliflower
  • Mushroom Barley Soup
  • Apple Crisp
  • Buckwheat Stuffed Chicken

Shabbat Menu: Before the Fast

By Jspace Staff on 9/11/2013 at 12:31 PM

Category: Food

Every week Jspace will feature a Shabbat menu from start to finish, complete with sides and desserts to simplify your busy schedule. Find more Shabbat menus here! On Friday night, observant Jews will begin to fast for Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. What I've found over the years is that the meal before the fast shouldn't be too salty or heavy. This way you aren't very thirsty the next day. The things you eat should also be high in protein to keep you satisfied longer. This menu is …More

Haredi Rabbi Calls for End to Using Real Fur in Shtreimels

By Jspace Staff on 8/24/2013 at 12:24 PM

Category: Religion

Haredi Rabbi Calls for End to Using Real Fur in Shtreimels

A Haredi Rabbi sparked controversy this week when he ruled that wearing shtreimels, or fur hats, was chilul hashem or desecration of G-d’s name. Rabbi Shlomo Pappenheim, chairman of Ha’edah Hacharedit, which has between 50,000 to 100,000 Haredi followers worldwide, called for an end of the practice to using real fur to construct the hats worn on Shabbat and holidays in many Chassidic communities. Each fur shtreimel requires 30 or more animal pelts to complete and can cost thousands of dollars. …More

Shabbat Menu: Tastes of Home

By Jspace Staff on 8/21/2013 at 3:29 PM

Category: Food

Every week Jspace will feature a Shabbat menu from start to finish, complete with sides and desserts to simplify your busy schedule. Find more Shabbat menus here! This week’s Shabbat menu isn’t as fancy as it usually is, but it’s perfect for a home meal. On this week’s menu we have Israeli salad and fava bean hummus, stuffed peppers and chocolate crinkle cookies. These are the flavors of home. And sometimes that’s better than anything. Especially if you eat out a lot during the …More

  • Israeli salad
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Fava bean hummus
  • Chocolate crinkle cookies

Ki Teitzei: Thinking Ahead

By Jspace Staff on 8/15/2013 at 4:53 PM

Categories: Religion, Judaism

Ki Teitzei: Thinking Ahead

A man stands up in the synagogue one week and declares, "People, beware--Yankel is a thief!" Upon discovering that this man had falsely slandered poor Yankel in public, the local Rabbi insists that he publicly take back his words to clear Yankel's name, by stating that Yankel is not a thief. And so, the following week, the man announces, "Yankel is not a thief?!" "I'm human!" How many times do we hear people say that? What's it supposed to mean? Is it a cop-out? Does being human entitle one to make …More