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Rabbi Mendel's Blog

Rabbi Mendel's blog features his Dvar Torah (Torah lesson) column from the weekly E-TORAH, ocassional musings and other articles that he authors from time to time.
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Spiritual Globalization

Rumor has it that the most simultaneous, universal water consumption occurs during halftime of the Super Bowl. Consider it a collective usurping of resources.

Could you imagine the other way around? Imagine if hundreds of millions of people simultaneously did an act of sharing, a selfless deed. Or recited a prayer. Or shed a tear for a friend. Or gave a loved one a hug.


Our Rabbis teach us that on Yom Kippur the essence of the Jewish soul emerges from a potential year-round slumber. On this day all Jews are equal. No one is holier than another. No one is closer to g-d than another.

Can you imagine the power of one soul? It’s infinite. 

Now imagine the collective gift of all the millions of souls sharing and giv… Read More »

Home Repair 101

Have you ever had a broken appliance to deal with? In our present dispensable era, fixing appliances is less and less common. I can’t imagine how many TV repair shops have closed down in my short lifetime.

How about a leaky faucet or broken air conditioner?

We once had a leak that lasted for months (possibly years) without being able to trace the source. It seemed to subside, but then came back. After much problem-solving, we finally discovered the culprit: A cracked valve in a second-story bathroom. The water was continuously leaking drip by drip until enough had accumulated that it seeped through the floorboards and through the downstairs ceiling. Now we had puddle on our dining room floor.

The crack was tiny, but the d… Read More »

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