Would You Choose Obligations Over Freedoms?

You do when you get married! You do when you join a shuttle mission to space!

Obligations mean that your choices are important, crucial because your life is important. Freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want (as long as you do not take away someone else’s freedoms) suggests that your choices are not ultimately important- whatever you choose is fine, it’s all the same.

Obligations ultimately connote that you live a meaningful life!

Menachem Mendel Bluming and RMF

Why Do Some Die Young?!

The mystery of death and dying is one that we cannot truly understand. Why some souls come down here for a mere few years, only to be taken away from us, we cannot explain.
Every soul is assigned a mission and we do not choose how many years will be allotted to fulfilling that mission. We hope that it will be 120 years but some are less. We do our best to take life’s clues as to what our mission is but life remains mysterious; beyond human comprehension.

That leaves a lot of pain for relatives who remain alive who miss the departed… Nothing can replace the physical touch of a hug, the pleasure of seeing and interacting with a loved one.

But we know that only the body dies, not the soul. And it is the soul of a person whom we love. Our connection with our loved ones is not with their physical presence, but their person, their love, their spirit. And that relationship never goes away. It just takes another form…

May you and your loved ones live long! Cherish life and embrace every moment!

Menachem Mendel Bluming

Is There More than One Important Value?

A new recruit is asked during an interview by a potentiual boss what he would consider to be a personal fault. He answered: that I always say the truth. “I don’t consider that a fault”, the potential boss shared. “I don’t care what you think” replied the now less than likely recruit 🙂 Every value is great but not to the exclusion of everything else… Menachem Mendel Bluming

Abraham as Your Life Coach

What would you give to have Abraham our Patriarch as your life coach?!!

Our upcoming course titled Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets will explore real life questions through the prism of out Kings, Prophets and Judges. It will give you a full understanding of Biblical stories that remain enigmatic and foreign to most Jews and it will challenge you to dig deeper and to grow through their strengths and struggles:

· Do you consider yourself far wiser than people around you and there is not much that they can teach you?
· What would you be willing to risk to do what’s right?
· Do you believe that G-d has a plan for your life or that your life is pretty much up to chance?
· Do you judge people quickly?
· Do you believe that your wealth gives you license to act nasty at times?
· Do you think that every sin that YOU do no matter how egregious should be ultimately forgivable?
· Do you think that you know how to act in critical conversations or circumstances even without seeking advice?
· How do you re-ignite the flame when you feel burnout?
· Are you intimidated by people who seem too powerful for you to express your true feelings?
· What is the Torah’s inimitable path toward true soul teshuva/repentance?
· Do you think that it is fine to lie to your spouse (stuck in traffic) to avoid minor dispute?
· Do you see the good in others or are you drawn to their negative traits which glare out at you?
· Do you run from your calling or embrace it?

Menachem Mendel Bluming

Jewish Humility

There is no value in pretending you are worthless; it’s not true you are of infinite value! Humility is not an obsession over failure either that is just depressing. Humility is a sensitivity, an awe, for that which lies beyond…

Menachem Mendel Bluming and Chabad.org