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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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Menachem Bluming Muses: Purim Clarity

The Persian Empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he arranged a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: What Is a Soul

Imagine that you are chosen for a role in a brand-new movie that you are very excited to play. You’ll be required to show great motion and involvement personifying that role as perfectly as you can. But then when you read the script you find out that later on in …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Your Life

The Talmud in Ethics of the Fathers chapter 4 shares both of these seemingly contradictory comments: A single moment of repentance and of good deeds in this world is greater than all of the World to Come. A single moment of bliss in the World to Come is greater than …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Do I Worry?

Miraculous food was provided from heaven in the desert for the Jewish people each day. But there was a catch. You were only allowed to take enough for one day and if you took more than you needed for one day, that extra food would spoil (Exodus chapter 16). How …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Inaugural Addresses

What a US President says in his inaugural speech very often sets the tone for his presidency. The only way to know for sure if his inaugural address will inspire; to know if he will keep his promises and commitments is to look in retrospect once a little time has …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Mourner’s Kaddish?

The Mourner’s Kaddish is recited for the departed, to assist in their soul’s journey upward. For eleven months after the passing, the soul ascends gradually to its place of rest. And then each year, on the anniversary of its passing, the soul graduates to an even higher place in Heaven. …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: 2020 in One Word

Unsurprisingly, Merriam-Webster has chosen “pandemic” as their word of the year. It has been the most researched, analyzed and studied word in all of 2020—a year that has certainly left its mark on the world.  But may I humbly suggest that perhaps the word “humility” better represents the year we’ve …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Conversion Confusion

Note received:  “I have to admit, I am angry. I was brought up Jewish, attended a Jewish school, and have only known Judaism as my religion. Now I am told I have to convert, because my mother never formally became Jewish. Isn’t it a little unfair that all my life …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Finding the Good in 2020

The realities of Chanukah exactly 2159 years ago forced the Jews to find a way to light the menorah with one seemingly inadequate cruse of oil. Amazingly it lasted not only for that Chanukah but to this day. In 2020 the realities forced us to somehow make one measly cruse …

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Menachem Mendel Bluming Muses: Converts to Judaism

Many people from all different walks of life have reported feeling an affinity to Jews and Judaism. Some leave it at that. Others take it further. For them, it is more than just a curiosity with Jewish things or a taste for Jewish cooking. It is in their soul. The …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Jacob Lied

It is a perplexing story in the Torah. Jacob fools his father to think that he is Esau in order to receive the blessing that his mother believes he would be able to actualize far better in this world. Just about every commentator questions: what could possibly justify such a …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Genius of the Heart

There are several different types of genius. There is genius of the mind, like Einstein. There is musical genius, as in Mozart, and artistic genius, like Rembrandt. Shakespeare would be a genius of the pen. There are sporting geniuses and business geniuses. Each one possesses an uncanny ability to excel …

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