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Menachem Bluming Muses: Your Glass Ceilings

The Torah in Bamidbar chapter 30 speaks about the father’s central role in annulling his daughter’s vows. Every law in the Torah has a deeper significance and message for us in our conversation between G-d and each of us studying the Torah. Our children make vows when they encounter disappointment …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How to Observe a Yahrtzeit

There is only one person in the entire Torah whose date of passing is shared with us in the Torah. It is Aaron, Moses’ brother. The Torah teaches us that he passed away on the first of the Hebrew month of Av. What is significant about the date of his …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: When Leaders Give Space

Moses is stunned and is silent not knowing how to proceed. Momentarily he forgot what the right course of action was. At that moment Pinchas steps forward and takes the necessary action and averts further catastrophe, as the Torah attests. When Moses stands with the Jewish people between a rock …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Got Rage?

When the prophet Bilaam is forced to bless the Jewish people he says (Bamidbar 23:8) that G-d does not see anything negative in the Jewish people. Rashi explains that when Jacob criticized the rage displayed by Shimon and Levi in destroying the city of Shechem he criticized their anger rather …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do Departed Relatives Care About Us?

The Jews had arrived at the border of the Kingdom of Edom and asked for permission to travel through their country. In order to inspire sympathy and understanding from the Edomites, Moshe gave them a bit of the background to their journey:  We are distant relatives, he reminded the Edomites. …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How to Explain Death to Children After Grandpa’s Passing

Remember when your little brother was born? After being in your mother’s tummy for such a long time, he finally came out to be with you and the family. How exciting. You’d been waiting for so long to meet him and play with him, and then he finally arrived. Your …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Cicadas?

Large swaths of the States of Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are blanketed by billions of cicadas. If you don’t live in the states, you have no idea what I am talking about but if …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: We Thrive on Comparisons

The Torah, in the portion of Behaalotechah, speaks of the Jewish People’s complaint about the manna in chapter 11 verse 6. As part of their complaint they said that “there is nothing at all besides this manna before our eyes”. So why is that a complaint? So the only food …

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Menachem Bluming Muses Why Cicadas

In many states of the United States this spring of 2021 will welcome in billions of Brood X cicadas. With over 1 1/2 million of these creatures per acre the region will be blanketed. They live just long enough to mate and then they soon pass away. Their progeny fall …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Your Torah

Have you ever wondered why G-d chose the Sinai Desert to give the Torah? I would have suggested Jerusalem or Tzefat or L.A., but why a desolate desert? Here’s a thought… There are times when we are distant from Jewish community physically or psychologically… Maybe one is alone in a …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Goodbye Mr. Covid

You feel so much a part of my life. Wherever I go, I see people thinking and talking about you. Whenever I put on my face mask or have to go on another zoom, I think of you. I remember when you were far away. You had that exotic sounding …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Always Late…

The Kabbalah teaches that people come under two personality types: chessed or gevurah. A chessed type is someone who is giving and outward, generous and expressive. They are easy-going, spontaneous and free-spirited. But sometimes a bit all over the place. A gevurah type is more inward and disciplined, controlled and …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How To Develop Faith by Eating Chocolate

There is a quick fix for faith. You don’t need any proofs or arguments. You just need to eat a piece of chocolate every day. Seriously. This is an ancient Jewish remedy for strengthening faith. It is a pity so few people know about it, because if they did, their …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Your Life

Sefirat Haomer is the mitzvah to count the days from Passover until Shavuot the holiday of the giving of the Torah. The message is that you cannot be truly free (Passover’s message) until you can account for your time. I did a project for a few agonizing weeks and I …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Covid Vaccine

Once the mRNA Covid vaccine is injected into your body it teaches your cells to make thousands of copies of the spike protein so that if your body is exposed to the virus later it will recognize it and be prepared to defend. A tiny, tiny bit of this mRNA …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Ever Read G-d’s Hagaddah?

Rabbi Yisroel Taub of Modzhitz (1849–1920) once said that there are actually two versions of the Haggadah. One is the familiar story we tell every Pesach, of G-d’s miracles for the Jewish people when we left Egypt. But there is another Haggadah, G-d’s Haggadah. Just as we read our Haggadah …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: The Simple Son at the Seder

About 250 years a man on his way back home from his travels in Russia was delayed by a huge snowstorm and forced to search the town for someone who would host him for the first days of Passover and the Passover Seders. He was fortunate to find a simple …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Cleaning for Passover

In ridding our homes of chametz like cookies, snacks, cheerios etc we search for even a crumb and we get rid of it. Over this year of Covid-19, we have come to understand how even the smallest 0.1 micron of coronavirus can wreak havoc in the body’s ecosystem. Spiritually as …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Standing in Line?

Disney World in Florida is finally open to guests. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, people in line must stand six feet apart. The result is very long lines. So long, in fact, that guests are being advised to double check which line they’re standing in, lest they think they’re …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Mordechai’s Endangering us All!

If you read the story of the Megillah you will see that around the time of the original Purim Jews were living safely and securely and having a good life. The king said to bow down to his minister Haman and everyone followed. Only one Jew refused to follow orders! …

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