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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 1

The secret of forgiveness – Part 1 With Rosh Hashana around the corner, I thought I’d treat you (and myself…) to a series of posts over the next couple of weeks, exploring the secret of forgiveness, and then the secret of teshuva –…
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Uman Redux

So, you remember my daughter’s friend who nearly died as a result of an allergic reaction to medication she was given, three weeks’ ago? (Baruch Hashem, she came out of hospital this week, thanks to everyone who prayed for her.) Well,…
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The most crucial parenting skill of all

If someone asked you ‘what’s single thing is going the make the biggest difference to your child’s emotional health’ what would you say? One person might say that the most important thing would be to teach them how to be a mentch. Someone…
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Mitzvah, or free lunch?

A little while ago, I got repeated phone calls from a young couple who wanted to come to for Shabbat. We’d had them a few months’ ago – it was OK, but nothing special. The conversation was pretty stilted, and my girls left the table after…

A different approach to mental health

I’ve started answering people’s questions on the Quora.com forum (anyone can do it, you don’t need any special pedigree) – and I’ve been very struck at how much blind faith people are still putting in the medical system. Someone…
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No suffering without sin

That’s a heavy headline, isn’t it? It’s also a quote from the Gemara, and it crops up in a whole lot of places whenever you get into a discussion about why apparently ‘bad’ things can happen to apparently ‘good’ people. This…