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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do You Get Angry at Your Children?

Dear Rabbi Menachem Bluming: I have a dark secret… I have an anger problem. And I never knew it until I became a parent. Because the only people I take my anger out on are my own kids. I never had a temper before, but sometimes when my children misbehave …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do You Notice Miracles?

There are two ways of living: You can make mountains out of molehills or you can make miracles out of molecules… You can see life as a series of disasters to overcome or a series of miracles to behold. What is your life like? Are you surrounded by miracles or …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do You Remember Past Lives?

Personally, I find it hard enough to remember where I put my car keys five minutes ago, let alone what I did in a previous life. But there have been very holy individuals who were aware of their past lives. One example is Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhely, who said …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: George Floyd and Your Part in the Healing of America

It is heartening to see thousands and thousands unite across the country for solidarity and to insist on racial equality and respect and protection for every person. It is disheartening to watch the horrific killing of George Floyd. It is disheartening to watch the looting and desecration of synagogues and …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: What is Shavuot?

The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the day on which the Torah was given on Mt Sinai. Now that sounds very important… and yet in the Talmud the holiday is exclusively called Atzeret which means “stop and linger”. The stop and linger holiday?! What could that mean? Stay another day is …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Being a Partner at Home in Quarantine and in Torah

At times husbands offers to help out and in his mind he is being sincere, and yet his wife sees him as unhelpful and does not accept his offer. Sometimes what the husband says and what his wife hears are miles apart. We need to appreciate how our words come …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Will We Ever Go Back to Normal?

What is normal? If we know anything at all, it’s that the definition has radically changed over the last two months. Normal used to be commuting to and from work each day, but Corona has forced us to reconsider whether we need to commute at all or if we can …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Where is G-d in This Pandemic?!

If G-d is calling to get our attention, then it is indeed quite impressive. Within the space of a few weeks, the world has changed drastically. Every single person on the planet has had to pause, stop the way they’ve been living their life until now, re-evaluate their priorities and …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: COVID-19 and Your Family

How ironic is it? We live in the age of communication and an unprecedented era of unimaginable connectivity. At the touch of a button, you can see and hear a person at the other end of the world – for free! And for not much more, you can visit that …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Feeling Powerless?

There is a curious law in the laws of giving tzedakah which requires us to give enough tzedakah to a needy person sufficient for them to be able to give some tzedakah as well. Why does that make sense? Why give them community money for them to give to the …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How will we get out of this Coronavirus and Reopen the World Safely?

There seems to be an impossible task before us. Countries seek to reopen economies, commerce and travel and yet fear for the welfare of their citizens. Practically the entire world is in this conundrum together trying to grapple with what the elusive best approach might be. The Jews stood at …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Are You Experiencing Bitter Times?

No one seeks bitter times but if I would ask you honestly to look back at your life thus far and to see from what you have grown most, learned most. Would it be from great times or would it be from bitter times? When we go through a bitter …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: COVID-19 and Social Distancing

COVID-19 is exacting a heavy price already on society and many individuals and businesses.  There is a great suffering that you and I can help alleviate: “Social Distancing” What a horrible idea… Yes, we need safe or maybe call it healthy distancing, but social distancing?! Our words affect our thinking; we need …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Covid-19 Jewish Thought; Unity in Time Rather than Space

Has there ever been a time in Jewish history when practically all synagogues were closed?!  These are unprecedented times in so many ways. It is interesting that in the same Torah portion in which the Torah commands us to congregate and create a sanctuary for G-d it also calls upon …

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Menachem Bluming Muses- More Contagious than COVID-19

How do you deal with feeling unsettled and a bit anxious during this virus, our sense of certainly that we so rely on seems gone. Here’s a thought: It is not that we have lost our sense of certainty. We have lost our illusion of certainty. We never had it …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Purim Poor

On the Jewish holiday of Purim there are four important mitzvot that each person is meant to perform. One is to give food gifts to each other, the other is to have a festive meal and the third is to listen to the reading of the Megillah in the evening …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Shabbat More than Unplugging

I was interviewed for a blog and out of concern that you will not read it 🙂 I am posting it here in order to share the ideas with you: “So Rabbi Menachem Bluming, many these days are taking a day to unplug and to disconnect, to regain their sanity …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do Jews Believe in Messiah?

When you listen to the news it sounds like world is descending into utter chaos rather than marching toward a redemptive state! Remember though, that bad stories keep listeners more captivated! There must be a villain if it is to sell. In every key factor, the world is better today …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Buy Your Wife Roses?

Flowers are useless. They are impractical, temporary, and they are not an investment. But that’s precisely their power. You buy them for no reason other than because your wife likes them. You do it just for her. This is the very definition of romance—doing something just to express love. Nobody …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Coronavirus and The Spreading Virus

The panic and travel warnings and changes of business plans are great due to the spread of the coronavirus. I was interviewed for an article about it from a Jewish perspective and because you probably have not read that article, I will post it here 🙂 “So Rabbi Menachem Mendel …

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