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Do You Have a Shalom Bias?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
September 6th, 2017
A married couple harmoniously navigates decisions, raises a family, and resolves its occasional arguments. Is this amicable relationship a happy marriage? Whether or not their connection is a content one might depend on their personal, mutual, and sociocultural views of marriage. For some, matrimony might be synonymous with teamwork and synergy toward common needs, tasks, and goals. For others, it also demands something else – a deep, emoti …
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See You Next Fall
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
August 17th, 2017
I think of myself as an adequate ice skater. I am proficient enough to go around the ice with my family and enjoy it. My ankles still turn in and my feet ache afterward, but my skill level is satisfactory enough for my occasional ice endeavors. There is one thing I aim not to do. I dread falling. The bump. The sting of the ice on my hand. The awkwardness of others seeing me go down. I skate and and I try very hard not to slip. Despite my trying, …
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Drive Slowly In The Passing Lane
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
July 25th, 2017
King Solomon elicited a challenge from his subordinates. He dared them to create jewelry that could both relieve sorrow and temper mirth. Most that heard the challenge saw it as insurmountable. Yet, one loyal servant thoughtfully produced a ring with simple phrase, “gam zeh yaavor - this too shall pass.” These words are both simple and brilliant; they pithily summarize the temporary nature of most experiences. King Solomon was overjoy …
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What's Black and White and Read All Over?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
June 22nd, 2017
“Don’t shoot the messenger!” “It’s not my fault. I just work here!” Life experiences might have demonstrated to you that when someone says those excuses, he is usually slithering out of his own responsibility. Curiously, for the ill-fated spies that went to explore the Land of Israel, that claim seems to have had veracity. The Jews in the wilderness, led by Moses, had dispatched them. The spies were deployed to …
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Oiling a Change?
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
June 11th, 2017
Do you know how to change your car’s motor oil? I don't. When the indicator light is on in my car, I bring it to a mechanic. He changes the filter, puts in new quarts of oil, and usually attaches a clear colorform-like sticker to the top left of my windshield. I don't know how to remove the oil, dispose of it, or replace the filter. But there's one thing I am sure of. As long as I keep on saying, “I don't know how to,” that will …
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Creation, Individuation, and a Nation
Author: Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
May 28th, 2017
A beautiful newborn lies in his loving mother’s arms. He silently sleeps as his mother marvels at the tranquility on his sweet little face. After a while, he wakes up with a tiny yawn. He stirs and then starts crying. Mother senses that he is hungry and tenderly nurses him.  As she does, she thinks about the special and unique connection that she is creating with her precious baby. Baby sees it differently. He doesn’t see a relat …
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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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