Menachem Mendel Bluming reflects: where you are meant to be right now.

It is a fundamental tenant of Jewish faith that you destined to be where you are right now. Quoting from Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are decided by the Lord”. G-d has laid you where you are for a reason. Though you fool yourself in thinking that you chose to be there, in fact you were directed there from above.
One of the names of G-d in Hebrew is Hamakom, which in literal translation means The Place. There is a divine hand that leads every person to the place where we are in. It means you need to come to peace with the place G-d has put you. You are in that situation because you should be there for reasons you may never understand.
You may never be completely happy with any place you reside. But you will be able to settle, as soon as you decide that o.k, this is home, this is where G-d wants us to be. We are not stuck, we are directed. The acceptance that you are in the correct place will itself help you see that you should be there.
Now of course, there comes a time when we do need to move. But only after a clear message from Above that it’s time to go. But till that time, put all your energy into finding out why you are needed there. And place your trust firmly in Hamakom.

Menachem Bluming, Rabbi Moss and

Menachem Bluming was asked: Why does the Torah portion / Parshah which describes the end of Jacob’s life, his death and his funeral — carry the title Vayechi, “And He Lived”?

So, let me be faithful to Jewish tradition and try to answer one question with another question. Interestingly, the Torah never actually states that Jacob died. It simply says that “he expired and was gathered unto his people.” This prompted one of the Talmudic sages to expound that “our father Jacob never died.” Whereupon his colleagues challenged him and asked, “Did they then bury Jacob for no reason? Did they eulogize him in vain?” To which the Talmud answers: “As his descendants live, so does he live.”
Life does not end with the grave. The soul never dies and the good work men and women do on earth continues to live on long after their physical passing. More particularly, when there is regeneration, if children emulate the example of their forbears, then their parents and teachers live on through them.
Menachem Mendel Bluming, RY”G and