Top Four (Week of 11 Iyar)

1. Hillula!!!  

Lag Ba’Omer is coming at us real fast! Don’t miss out on the epic Lag Ba’Omer Hillula, with R’ Moshe Weinberger and Eitan Katz. Hundreds if not over 1,000 people singing, dancing and connecting (very separate seating, of course).

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2. Shana Rishona/Relationship Podcast

In her podcast First Year Married, Kayla Levin does an excellent job discussing different aspects of shana rishona, giving practical advice that can really apply to any relationship. The episodes are short (usually around 20 minutes), and are relatable while staying true to her style. She also offers an online seminar with the curriculum she has created as a life coach, that is starting next week. Very refreshing, empowering and calming all at once – highly recommended.

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3. Mindfulness 

Rabbi Dr. Benji Epstein, camp HASC director of staff, has written a book, Living in the Presence, on Jewish thoughts within the parameters of mindfulness – the act of being fully present in a moment, without distraction. One parable came up that I found to be a life changing perspective on how to view avodas Hashem, I will insert a piece of it here (page 214):

[Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and his brother, Zushe of Anipoli, found themselves in prison. R’ Zushe began to cry as it was almost time to daven, but was not able to due to excrement within the prison cell].

Rabbi Elimelech placed his hands on his brother’s shoulder and told him gently, “True, you cannot pray now because the law forbids it. But why weep? You know the same Gd who commanded you to pray also commanded you not to pray when the room is unfit for prayer. By not praying in this room, you have achieved a connection with Gd. While it might not be the connection that you had initially sought, if you truly want the Divine connection that you had initially sought, if you truly want the Divine connection, here is the opportunity that God had present for you at this moment to obey His law, no matter how it presents itself.”

BOOM. Mic drop.

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4. Peace out Girl Scout 

Last week was international Peace Week. As a result, the Girl Scouts in my school created inspirational posters, which are all super conveniently hung up outside of my office. This one really resonated with me:

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