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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Israel?

G-d turns to Abraham and says, “I would like to make you into a great Nation but first go to the Land that I will show you, Israel. Only there will I make you a great nation.” If G-d ultimately wanted to give him a set of laws and rules …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Are You Happy?

Imagine if the entire world was destroyed and only you and your family was saved by being on a specially designed ark. The water has subsided and all of mankind has been wiped out and now you open the hatch to finally leave the Ark. Before you do that you …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Your iPhone

The utopian Garden of Eden came crashing down because Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. What was it about this fruit that they could not withstand? This is how the Torah describes it in chapter 4 of Genesis: “The tree was good for food and it was a …

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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. …

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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 …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Yom Kippur?

What is the essence and theme of the day of Yom Kippur? If it is a day to say I’m sorry and repent just say you’re sorry and let’s move on! What is Yom Kippur? It is a day to focus on the needs and voice of the soul. Our …

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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 …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Withdrawal from Afghanistan and You

The American army was never meant to stay in Afghanistan long term. They were always there to train the local Afghan army and eventually withdraw. Our US army, likely the most powerful in the world, poured trillions of dollars; blood, sweat and tears into the effort. Twenty years, countless resources, …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: How’s Business?

A business can never succeed if you are always working IN the business rather than ON the business. If each day we focus on putting out the fires, in getting through our to do lists and managing cash flow; the business may be failing miserably and we will have no …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Politics; Who Is Right?

There is a story of a group of Jews in the 1920’s who were debating which political philosophy aligns with the Torah? Each was able to quote the Torah as support for their preferred ideology.  One argued for monarchism, as the Torah itself condones rule by a royal family. Another …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Delta Mutation

I asked Google (July 2021) how many Covid mutations have been identified and this is what they told me: “scientists have now identified at least 3,981 unique descendants of the first Covid virus that emerged in December 2019. The Delta itself already has at least 637 descendants that have been …

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Menachem Bluming Muses: Why Your Children Mean So Much to You

When someone cares for your child they are embracing you too because you are expressed in your child. If someone likes you but not your child, that is a contradiction to you. So too with G-d for we are each a child of G-d (Deut. Devarim 14). To love G-d …

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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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