Menachem Bluming Muses: Am I Required to Give Blood?

There are multiple biblical obligations to actively save the life of another and not stand by your brother’s blood (Vayikra 19:16). The Talmud in tractate Sanhedrin (73,a) teaches that one is obligated to be willing to endanger himself to some extent in order to save another’s life, by doing such acts as jumping into a… Continue reading Menachem Bluming Muses: Am I Required to Give Blood?

Menachem Mendel Bluming Muses: Visual Aid for How to be a Jew

The keys to being a Jew are in your hand, when you hold your Lulav. The Lulav (palm branch) reminds us to stand proudly as a lulav does. Do not cower. Keeping our Judaism quiet has never healed anti-Semitism and never built our next generation. Stand proud of your rich heritage and people. Your Etrog is similar to… Continue reading Menachem Mendel Bluming Muses: Visual Aid for How to be a Jew

Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur??

Here’s a thought: have you ever felt very inspired and uplifted by a great spiritual experience only to have real life wipe out any memory of it rather quickly? A newborn baby, moments after birth, is taken by a midwife and wrapped up in a swaddling cloth. This serves to keep the newborn protected and… Continue reading Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur??

Menachem Bluming Muses: Apples Dipped in Honey on Rosh Hashanah

One of the central practices of Rosh Hashanah is to dip an apple in honey to represent that we ask G-d for a sweet and blessed new year.  Aren’t there sweeter fruit to dip in honey than an apple? How about a mango? Peach? So here’s a thought… Our Apple really needs to be dipped in honey… Continue reading Menachem Bluming Muses: Apples Dipped in Honey on Rosh Hashanah