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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton I remember walking into the classroom at Brandeis shortly after I had decided that I had a much more urgent desire to study Judaism than my major, psychology. I came from a place where we identified unequivocally as Jews but were sparse

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton Among the great comforts of this coldest and darkest season of the year is snuggling up with a good book. Not always does that mean we are turning to things we believe to be lofty. Comfort reading and dutiful reading mostly point

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton For the second time in three years, we are in a leap year. Our Jewish calendar is not just trying to stay in sync with the sun, as with the Gregorian and Julian calendars, but with the moon as well. Running shorter months,

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton I grew up in a home where the politics was middle-of-the-road, Cold War-consensus Republican. When, as a high-schooler, caught up in the growing disenchantment with the war in Vietnam, my politics veered wildly leftward, it led to some high-heat political debates at home.

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton There were many reasons why my path should never have crossed that of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, whose 20th yahrzeit (anniversary of his death) the world has just marked. My Jewish experience was limited to the liberal variety, and my

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton This month, we are once again starting the cycle of the Torah, reading again Bereshit, the Book of Genesis. It was my favorite part of the Torah as a child, and now reading it again and again each year as an adult,

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton Millennia ago, the Sages gave Passover the name of Zeman Cheiruteinu, The Time of Our Freedom. The name is apt; we are celebrating our redemption from Egyptian servitude and our launching off into the wilderness, beyond the sway of any constraining human

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton On Rosh Hashanah, the rabbis tell us, we accept God as our ruler. There is something that is extraordinary here — despite all of God’s eminent qualifications, we are instructed that our role is crucial — for God to be sovereign in

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton Hot enough? At that point of the year when the heat is usually at its hottest, when it’s hard to bear and we seek relief — that’s when we find the anniversary of national disaster, Tisha B’Av, an anniversary of such horrors

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By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton What had changed since last August, when I had first visited Mumbai? Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin The Indian army squad in a sandbagged position in front of the Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue, where Gabi Holtzberg had served as rabbi. The Shabbat meals being held

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