Shabbat Table Talk

What’s in a Name?

Several years ago, I came across a music band called The Epstein. I was intrigued, so I contacted the bandleader and asked if we were related, and he said he didn’t think so. I then asked why they chose the name The Epstein, and he shared that a few years earlier the lead singer contracted…

How to Stay Afloat in a Storm

The people of Israel are being besieged by rockets day and night with no end in sight. Too many families are grieving lost children and relatives, while two hundred families are worrying day and night over the plight of their loved ones being held hostage by the Hamas terrorists. In addition…

When Tragedy Strikes

The world was taken by surprise this past Shabbat on the holiday of Shemini Atzeret when the nation of Israel was violently attacked unprovoked by Hamas, the terrorist organization whose headquarters is in Gaza. Thousands of Israelis have been mercilessly killed and wounded; and the war has onl…

Shemini Atzeret & Date Night

After 25 years of marriage, the Cohens planned a gala anniversary celebration. So many of their relatives, friends, and colleagues arrived at the party and the evening was simply magical. The warm wishes, the memories, and the shared joy were all palpable, it was a perfect evening until Mrs.…

Happiness is…..Sukkot

When I googled Happiness is… it garnered over 16 million hits. Statistics reported by Boston University state that over 30% of all Americans have had a bout with depression. During and since the COVID-19 pandemic, an upsurge of depression and all mental illness has been diagnosed. Is there…