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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 3

Learning how to forgive: The famous story from the Baal Shem Tov One of the Baal Shem Tov’s students once asked him the seminal question: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ In response, the Baal Shem Tov sent him to a well in…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 2

Why is it so hard to accept someone else’s apology?   OK, in the last post we were thinking about why it’s so hard to apologise. Now let’s switch sides and ask ourselves another question: Q: When someone asks us to forgive them,…
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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…