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Whose Calling?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
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, LSW
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, LSW
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, LSW
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, LSW
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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You Snooze, You Lose. Or Do You?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 16th, 2017
Your alarm rings, startling you and arousing you from deep slumber. You hit the snooze button for a few more minutes of coveted rest. It rings again and you dutifully turn it off. You notice intellectually that you have to get up, but you stay in bed until the last second. Perhaps you lie in a semiconscious state for “just a few minutes.” Maybe you choose to reset your alarm for a later time and stay in bed for a while. You might rati …
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O Say Can You Sea?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 10th, 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 Sea and …
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Are You Dating While Still in the Freezer?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
February 3rd, 2017
Some Yeshivos mandate a moratorium on dating for new students. Students that enroll are not permitted to date for the first several months of the zman (semester). Since a student’s dating ability is suspended until that restriction expires, this is colloquially termed “the freezer.” For students that began studying in the winter zman (semester), “the freezer” opens in the middle of Shevat. Soon, newly dating men and …
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I Caught the Cold
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 25th, 2017
On an exceptionally rainy and cold winter morning, Rav Yehoshua Trunk of Kutna, a great 19th century Russo-Polish rabbinic scholar, was intensely studying with his students. Suddenly, he closed his Gemara and invited them to accompany him on a stroll. The students looked at one another quizzically. Gradually, they followed him to the outskirts of the city and walked toward the intercity road. As they neared the way, they saw a peddler laboring in …
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A Deep Sense of Sheim
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LSW
January 17th, 2017
“I am so tired I can’t even keep my kids’ names straight!” How often do you experience something like that? Mixing up names can be very frustrating. You might see it as an indication of our own fatigue, stress, or lack of presence of mind. You might also attribute it to diminishing memory. In some of the most famous lines in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet proclaims: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other …
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