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Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer
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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:49 AM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." With these words, Charles Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities.

I'm not sure why these acclaimed words popped into my head the other day, but they did.

I was thinking that they can be applied to...

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Man-oh-Manischewitz: Passover's Second Chance

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Imagine the dismay and horror of the vintner, who, upon entering his vineyard, discovers his entire crop to be infected with a rotting mold! Entire crops could be devastated by certain pernicious molds.

Then, one day, everything changed. Someone actually tried making wine with these rotted grapes. Lo and...

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Why Do We Give Gelt on Hanukkah?

(18) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:10 AM

When I was a kid, I thought that Hanukkah Gelt referred to the chocolate coins which I would unwrap, ever so gently, from their golden-foil wrapping. As I matured, I came to prefer the green kind of Hanukkah Gelt, although I must admit that a chocolate coin still manages to...

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Food in the Fridge

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Last week, our 4-year-old son, Sruli, asked the following question: "On the first day when the world was created ... in our house ... was there food in the fridge?"

An interesting question, from a curious boy.

It made me think of a topic discussed in a Hasidic discourse from...

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