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Do You Hear What I Am Saying?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
May 18th, 2017
Amidst the melodious clamor of the beis medrash, two chavrusos animatedly discuss a fine Talmudic point. One man asserts his analysis. The other counters; he comprehends the idea in a divergent way. They argue repeatedly and volley their opinions as they become more entrenched in their perspectives. An intellectual tug of war comes alive between them. One becomes more and more convinced that he is correct. The other has no doubt that his understa …
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Counseling Inappropriate Technological Behavior? Consider One Cigarette!
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
April 24th, 2017
Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky, a renowned rabbi, teacher, and scholar, spent some of his last winters in Miami. One day, during a stroll, he was accosted by a distinguished looking man, dressed in a black fedora and a long black frock. “Shalom Aleichem, my master and teacher!” the man said energetically. Rav Yaakov was not a stranger to such receptions. His trademark congenial nature combined with his sagacity made him adored and revered by J …
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That's Very Personal
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
April 16th, 2017
  A people in bondage for over two centuries was majestically and miraculously led out of enslavement to its national destiny. The capstone of that magnificent exodus was the splitting of the mighty waters just as their persecutors hounded them. The Jewish people paraded through the Red Sea. The Egyptians, following them in hot in pursuit, drowned soon after. Exhilaration filled the air as the nation witnessed the miracle of G-d parting the …
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The Shot Glass Heard 'Round the World
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
April 7th, 2017
How big is the goblet you use for the seder? Chances are that it is much larger than it has to be. The size requirement for each of the cups is shockingly less than three ounces – tiny! This determination comes from a fascinating discussion in the Gemara and the poskim. The size of a cup needed for the four cups is called a reviis - which means “a quarter.” In our currency we use the term quarter as a shortened form of “a …
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Adam and...Steve
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
March 30th, 2017
When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: And that is…everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it …
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Whose Calling?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
March 23rd, 2017
Do you feel like you are supposed to be working where you are? Wait! Before you answer, think about the question. Is the word “supposed to” an appropriate way to think about your job? It implies that there is a right answer and a wrong answer. Is that the way to examine your choice of career or place of employment? In contemporary society, it is prevalent to approach one’s vocational choices with an air of supposition. There are …
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I Am So Different Than You…and Let’s Keep It That Way
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
March 17th, 2017
"I hate socializing." "Awk- waard!" "I have nothing to say at the table." "Everyone else is so different than I am." "They sooo don’t get me." A chief complaint that we can feel when we are in a group of people is that we are markedly different than the others. Sometimes we might feel inferior – not as knowledgeable, less “with it,” or not too sociable. On other occasions we might feel that we are “better” &n …
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From Coup D’état to Coup de Grace: The Importance of Thinking About What You Are Thinking About
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
March 10th, 2017
What do you think about? How you answer that might depend on how comfortable and trusting you are of the person asking. Even so, you might not know what to answer. The human mind is so wonderfully complex that you might be thinking many thoughts at the same time. Some can be easy for you to access, and others more difficult. Sometimes, when you try to answer that question honestly, you can gain insight into who you are, and some things that make …
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Put Your Money Where Your Self Is
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
March 3rd, 2017
“It’s not the $1000 suit, it’s the $1000 car,” a rabbinic leader recently explained to a group of yeshiva students. He was gently exhorting the young men to limit excessive spending in their future lives as young Torah scholars. His approach is partially rooted in traditional Jewish ethical works. It is also often communicated in contemporary Orthodox society. In its current presentation, it stems from an emphasis on spiri …
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The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
February 24th, 2017
Jubilation abounded as Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, came from his native Midian to join the Jewish encampment in the wilderness. Moshe related to him the details of the miraculous Israelite exodus and the splitting of the Red Sea and Yisro reacted with intense emotion. The Torah uses a unique word to encapsulate Yisro’s feelings – “Yichad”. (It is so distinctive that it is a hapax legomenon – a word that appea …
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