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How Was Your Thanksgiving??

Friday, 26 November, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, one of the great traditions of our nation. It is a time of family togetherness, a time that for many is a warm and positive experience. The down side is that too often it makes us face the dysfunction and loss in our lives, and can leave us frustrated and angry as we realize that we are not able to relate to the American fantasy family.

My friends, I have some news for you. Dysfunction is normal! Functionality is not an automatic, expected and natural condition rather it is a result of self discipline and growth. Let us not blame or get frustrated with ourselves and others in our life for not being perfect. And let us give thanks for what is working and the blessings (that DO exist) in our lives.

This year, Thanksgiving coincides with the 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev which is celebrated as the "Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism." It was on this date, in the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), was freed from his imprisonment in Czarist Russia. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah, the Chassidic teachings that has positively influenced all practice of Judaism today. Click here to learn more.

Through the study of the profound teachings of Chassidut we are empowered to overcome our dysfunction and to appreciate the perfection (that does exist) within our personal world. Goldie and I are humbled to be part of the continuity of the rich Chassidic tradition. And we invite you to join us for the study and celebration of Chassidic flavored life.

This Wednesday, December 1st we light the first Chanukah candle, please be sure to visit our upcoming events and read about all the local and regional Chanukah events. I hope to see you over Chanukah!

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