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A Quiet Shabbat

So the big question for me on Shabbat was this: go to the Kotel for Friday night prayers like I always do, or not? Friday morning, I went for a long walk via Geula to Machane Yehuda to buy stuff for Shabbat, and it seemed to me like something…
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Seeking Relief in Ikea

In London, IKEA was top of the list of places I hated going. I hated the traffic jams to get there, I hated the enormous crowd of people you had to fight through just to shop, and I REALLY hated the two hour waits to pay for your stuff and get…

More Uman Stories

One of the tangentially really cool things about sending your husband to Uman for Rosh Hashana is that he always comes back with a few interesting stories. A few years’ ago, there was the near death experience story of the 70-something secular…
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The Pre-Yom Kippur Crash Course to Appeasing Other People

So, we’ve already covered some of the things that are required in order to be appeased by your fellow man. Now, we’re going to look at what’s required if you’re the one that needs to be doing the appeasing. The Shulchan Aruch says…

The Halachic Requirement of Appeasement

As orthodox Jews know, Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, only takes care of the sins done between man and God. You ate a pig sandwich, you drove to the beach or the mall on Shabbat, you didn’t give the 10% of your income you’re meant to…
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The Teshuva Elevator

A few days’ before Rosh Hashana, I had a fairly long drive somewhere, so I took along a couple of Rav Ofer Erez CDs – randomly, whatever I grabbed, I took. Dear reader there is never any ‘randomly’ when it comes to Breslev stuff; whenever…