Category: Lectures

            The parshah almost appears to be a repetition of parshat Bechukotai, if you follow G-d’s commandments, you will be rewarded, and if you don’t follow G-d’s commandments, then you will be punished.  A recurring theme in any religion.  Let’s review some interesting points up close.             For forty years, the Jews were in the…

Storing Legal Documents

  The last place you want to put legal documents is in a bank’s safe deposit box.  Why?  Because if you need them before or after business hours, they will not be available.  Furthermore, when the holder of the safe deposit box dies, the box is frozen, and a court order is required to access…

  Recipes are the hottest thing!   I grew up flavoring by “feel”.  In other words, if You felt like pouring something in, you did!  Really -my mother has this gift for flavoring things and I just copied that. Which I think she got from her mom. My sister, in fact, once tried to watch…

A Rash of Doing Nothing

  This summer my practice experienced numerous cases where people failed to act.  They failed to write a will, appoint a health care agent and determine who was going to get jewelry and art collections. There is a false notion that if one is married with children, and there is no will, when one dies,…

  I’m looking to buy a magic flying carpet. Anyone have one for sale?   I’m glad to be a part of someone’s celebration. We pray for it. We want good things to happen to others. We want to be there. But we really don’t enjoy the Schlepping!   People think – “I’m looking for…

The three most important traits every family needs. As summer winds down we are given the opportunity to take stock of what matters most. Are there daily choices we can make that would make a difference in our homes this year? Can we implement behaviors and attitudes that help our family grow stronger? When a…

The bitter sweet joy of a wedding. Some may say, for the parents making the wedding it’s a bittersweet event-having a child move out, verses gaining another child. I say there are much more immediate pulling forces at play. Admittedly, they are more superficial forces, but, many are bittersweet for the person making the simcha,…

A short thought to share with you. There are no coincidences in life. Why is it that the reciting of the ten commandments again occurs this time of year, specifically for Shabbat Nachamu, after the commemoration of destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, and the beginning of the trajectory to the high holy days. A review…