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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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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why the Need To Control Others?

The dictator, the control freak, or the abusive spouse or parent, does not know how to give others freedom. He (or she) feels compelled to force others into the mold that he has created for them. Uncomfortable in his own skin, he is afraid that someone will overshadow him, expose …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: A Mother’s Influence

One of the most crooked crooks in the Torah is Laban! At the Passover Seder we say that Laban wanted to destroy the entire Jewish future. Yet he was the father of Rachel and Leah the righteous matriarchs of the Jewish people! How did such a shady character end up …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: I’ve heard that before!

The Talmud in tractate Niddah page 30 famously teaches us that a fetus while still in its mother’s womb is taught the entire Torah. Before the baby is born it is made to forget everything that it studied in utero. What exactly is the value of studying the entire Torah …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Mega Mitzvah Meaning

What difference can my mitzvah deed like my chanukah candle or my tefillin actually make?! Here’s a thought: Imagine that you had never seen fire before in your life, and I showed you a flame on a candle. Then I asked you, do you think you can make a fire …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Have You Experienced Miracles Lately?

Here’s a Chanukah Thought: The dreidel is a spinning top used for a game we traditionally play on Chanukah.    Look at a spinning dreidel. Can you see any letters on the sides of the dreidel? You can’t. The speed of the dreidel’s spin blurs the letters. You can’t even …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Wedding Exchange at the Chupah?

Many brides and grooms are perplexed by why at a traditional Jewish chupah only the man gives his bride a ring rather than the exchange of rings more widely practiced today to show greater equality. Why would traditional Judaism not honor this progressive step toward equality? There are many reasons, …

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Menachem Bluming muses: The Nationals Win World Series 2019!

Isn’t it interesting that the Nationals lost all three of the games in their own stadium and won all four of the games in Astros Minute Maid Park? Traditionally it is easier to win a game on one’s home turf because you have the encouragement of the fans, the benefit …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How Long Would You Like to Live?

If G-d appeared to you and asked you how long you would like to live, what would you say? 100 years? 130 years? Would you make any conditions like: but they need to be healthy years? The Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, chose to bless one of his …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Fast on Yom Kippur

In honor of Yom Kippur a Jewish newspaper interviewed me. Not that many read that paper 🙂 so I figured that I would post the interview. Here goes: “So Rabbi Bluming when it comes to Yom Kippur most Jews think about how hungry they will be! If G-d wants us …

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Breaking News: Jews Wake Up!

In honor of Rosh Hashanah a Jewish newspaper interviewed me. Not that many read that paper 🙂 so I figured that I would post the interview. Here goes: “So Rabbi Bluming is it true about your congregation as well, that Jews seem to come out of the woodwork for the …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Do Jews Believe in Reincarnation?

A teenage boy once asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe, “Do we believe in reincarnation?” The Rebbe’s answer was short and cryptic: “Yes, we do believe in reincarnation. But don’t wait until then.” A puzzling response. Wait until when? The boy asked a simple enough question, which could be answered with a …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Help! I Sat at the Table Corner, will I ever Get Married?!

In many families, it is strictly forbidden for any unmarried person to sit at the corner of the table. Many were told from a young age that if you do sit at a corner, you will never get married. Have you ever heard of this? Is this a Jewish belief? …

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Should Kippahs be removed in public to protect safety?

Menachem Bluming Muses: Lately, some are cautioning against wearing a Kippah publicly due to mounting Anti Semitism. Should Kippahs be removed in public to protect safety? Here’s a thought: There are two ways to wear a kippah. You can wear it on your head, or you can wear it in …

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Why Bonfires on Lag Baomer?

In the Zohar Haazinu 291a it teaches that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai spent the last moments of his life doing what he always did: teaching. The mystical ideas that he shared with his devoted students that day were the deepest and most revolutionary teachings he had ever revealed. But as …

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Menachem Bluming muses: Why you can’t find your mate??

It doesn’t make sense. You are a wonderful person with so much to offer. Why are you still alone? There could be many reasons why someone may find it hard to find a partner. But here’s one possibility. You are not available. You’re already married. You are involved in a …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why the chicken neck on the Seder Plate?

I look at the empty Seder plate with this lonely chicken neck left behind, and wonder, why is it there? Here’s a thought: One of the most amazing characters in the story of the Exodus is Pharaoh. He witnessed with his own eyes the downfall of his country, he experienced …

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Why Are Shabbat Laws So Limiting?!

Here’s a thought: You are out for a romantic dinner, just the two of you. You make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, a quiet table for two in the corner. Gentle music is playing, lights are dimmed, and the ambiance is just perfect for a romantic evening. You resolve …

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Why Do People Become So Furious?

Haman in the Megilah of Purim had it all! His political position was second to the King! He had great wealth and a large family and a caring wife. He seems to have had good health and the people honored him to the point that they bowed when he came …

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