Thursday, ‎ / August 13, 2020
Posts by: Dr. Chana Silberstein
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Hippy In the Mikvah
“The Rebbe encouraged me to continue with the doctorate. I blurted out, ‘But what about the heresy?’ The Rebbe answered: ‘You should write all the…
Purim in the Age of the Coronavirus
Those below a certain age do not remember a time like this—when there was no anti-vax movement because the fear of disease was so much…
Is This Chanukah Story Too Violent For Children?
“Chanah and Her Seven Sons” is a classic Chanukah tale. It is a story of faith, courage, and resilience. But is also a story of…
How Can I Make This World A Better Place?
The plethora of biographical books and articles about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, have typically summarized his impact on the Jewish community by…
Essay: On Vulnerability and Trust
When did it become fashionable to talk about the power of vulnerability as if it were something positive rather than an inevitable fact of life?…
A Jewish Response to The Hamans and The Haters
I write these words days before Purim, and in light of current events, the story takes on new resonance. Our history is filled with attempts…
A Testament to the Rebbe’s Exhaustive and Far-Reaching Scholarship
For most readers, the fascinating meanderings and careful reconciliations of apparently contradictory details will obscure the big insight that brackets the Rebbe’s writing: the “theory…
Have We Become Too Sophisticated For Yom Kippur?
Something has changed. In our minds, Yom Kippur has become complicated. The service doesn’t speak to us—the idea of sin no longer resonates. Praying all…
Book Review: The Scientist Who Is A Chosid
Book Review: Both Brawer and Green are scientists who came to Chabad as adults. Both bring their scientific background to the table as they reflect…
Book Review: Teaching The Teachers
I spoke to an Israeli kindergarten teacher this summer who explained to me how the philosophy of early childhood education has changed. “Today,” she said,…
Keeping That Daily Appointment with G-d
What these books will do is give you the roadmap to find your own “Mezherich” so that you too can learn how to daven.
Moses, Mirrors and the Trauma of Birth
There is something starkly disconcerting—almost sacrilegious—about taking a “biographical approach” to the life of Moses.
Book Review: Early Years
“What was the Rebbe’s childhood like? Who were his contemporaries? What kind of schooling did he receive? Who were his mentors and teachers? What role…
Conversations With The Conductor
For everyone who regularly recites Tehillim (or is ready to start), this is a book that will considerably deepen—even transform—the experience.
Book Review: For the Love of Truth
Peace and Truth. The two qualities are often at odds. It is easy to maintain the peace if we are willing to bend the truth,…
LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD: Male and Female He Created Them
Does the world really need another book about Women and Judaism? Like the “Mommy Wars”—the subject often makes women enemies of one another.
Revisiting R. Schneur Zalman: The Alter Rebbe
As I read through three biographies of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chabad movement, known as the Alter Rebbe. I was…
Book Review: Transitions In Language And Leadership
Zornberg introduces her discussion of Bamidbar, the fourth of the Five Books of the Torah, by outlining the dramatic terrain of the “midbar”—a great and…
Who’s Afraid of the Days of Awe?
Perhaps our grandmothers felt obligated to come to shul on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But many of us don’t like thinking all that much…
REVIEWS: Trying To Grasp the Rebbe
To one biographer, he was a world leader who shaped a worldwide movement; to his student, the Rebbe was a tzaddik, a personal link to…
Purim Thoughts: The Donkey, The Foal and The Pig
The story of Purim is a story of masking and unmasking, of turning reality on its head, in which nothing is what it seems at…
Review Essay: The Grammar of Women’s Spirituality
IN SEARCH OF THE GENDER-NEUTRAL It is now standard to include in book introductions a tedious apology for the lack of a graceful gender-neutral term…
Chabad On The Bar/Bat Mitzvah: It’s Your Jewish Birthright
In a recent editorial, Reform leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie criticizes the willingness of Chabad to allow any child a bar mitzvah. He describes the norm…
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