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L.E.D. Leadership, Education, Demand: Mattos Massei

L.E.D - Skills for Educating Children and ourselves 

We've all heard the term "Life is a journey", the source for this idea is right here in Parshas Massei - the portion of the "Journeys" of the nation of Israel.

Yet, we find something seemingly awkward, when the Torah lists the journey of the Jews leaving Egypt it says "these are journeys" and then it enlists where they "encamped", their "destinations" and not there "flight path", that doesn't seem consistent?

To explain this we are taught that in fact life's journeys are not only our actual periods of movement and travel but even and precisely when we are stagnant and stable this too is  the torso of the… Read More »

Sridei Eish & the Rebbe: Ordination

ON SHABBOS I RETOLD THIS STORY - ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING STORY and then some, and promised the source: Here it is:…/Details-of-the-Rebbes-Rabbinical-Or…

Appendix: you need to know who the Sridei Eish was to understand the depth and profundity of this story.

Daily Blessings: Rabbi Hershprung & The Rebbe


Today is an awesome day, as today is the Rebbe's 23 Yahrtseit.

I want to share with you a short yet powerful story I recently told over:

Last week I met a special man, Mr. Hershprung, he lives in Flushing. He's a torah scholar in hiding. When I met him I asked him to please share with me something special about his late father, a Torah genius with photographic memory and a master of Torah scholarship.

Softly and graciously after much schmooze between him n' I , he shared the following:

"When I was a student in Yeshivah my father always wanted to know 1 thing, " was I making brochos". Before and after I ate, after the bathroom, in the morning in the evening, brochos - was I making my fair share of… Read More »

Passing on the Tradition

 Published 5/2/17

Shabbat Parsahat: VaEschanan:
Deuteronomy 3;22-23- 7;11
Shabbat Nachamu 2013:
Shabbos of Consolation after the 9th of Av – the day the 2 Temples were destroyed
by Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht
A rich man by the name of Abe, having confidence in his son, gave him all his property in his lifetime. After
a while, the son began to neglect his father, ill treating him and eventually sending him away to be among
the beggars.
One day the old, once rich man, clad in tatters, met his grandson and asked him to beg his father to let him
have a mantle to cover himself, as it was so cold. After much begging, the father sent his son up to the loft
to fetch a… Read More »

Relieving the Pressure of Judaism


Relieving the pressure of Judaism


Sefiras HaOmer 5777 -

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht

Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC


This morning I went with a community member and his wife to the Rebbe’s OHEL in Queens, NY.


On the way we were talking about life and Mitzvos, and out of no-where he says to me,"you know I just started learning the laws of Shabbos, if we really have to do all these laws how can anyone enjoy Shabbos?!"


Ironically, we were driving, so I said to him, the first thing that fell into my head (how empathetic), “you know, for a new driver, learning to drive and the laws of the road and road safety is soo much to manage, often even overwhelming to handle. It's why we have… Read More »

On Jewish Books in the Technological Age: Part I


On Jewish Books in the Technological Age
בענין בית מלא ספרים 


with Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht
Nissan 5777


In the following Responsa, the question of mourning and rending one’s garments on the loss of Holy texts as if they were humans, is addressed. The Responsa gives you a bird’s eye view of what this occurrence was like for the Jews at the time that the question was raised. The question is heart wrenching and the answer is awkwardly heartwarming, as the Jewish people show deep and endless respect for the ‘book’.


Shailah – Question:
“With regard to the great fire that we experienced here which consumed hundreds of Seforim… Read More »

Your Rebbe, My Rebbe

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דורשין שלשים יום לפני החג
Shevat 10, 5777

Would be 67 years since the Rebbe assumed his mantle of leadership




Embracing the Rebbe you never met

Musings of Mordechai Z. Hecht

Forest Hills, NY


“In the days of the Alter Rebbe the Chassidim had a familiar saying: "The piece of bread that I have is yours just as it is mine." And they would say the word "yours" first, "...yours just as it is mine." (Hayom Yom, Iyar 15)


I was speaking with a friend of mine just the other day and he told me we are coming up on twenty years of the Rebbe’s passing, “Twenty years, that’s huge,” he said. The Rebbe held… Read More »

Dating Commentary 5777-01


From A friend:


An emotionally unavailable partner will avoid talking in an intimate setting the majority of the time. They give you excuses as to why they can’t meet up with you in person or talk on the phone, and prefer texting and emailing instead. If you have a partner like this, it definitely points to emotional insecurity and fear of intimacy, because face-to-face interactions require much more vulnerability than they feel comfortable with.

My take: 


Once upon a time people wrote letters, post cards and telegrams.
In those letters they had time to… Read More »

To Love a Structured Life


By Mordechai Zev Hecht

Rabbi at Anshe Sholom Chabad Queens, NY

Structure returns to life in September or better yet after Labor Day - after the welcome disruption of summer, summer camp, vacation and the unwelcome but pervasive new school year blues. People are generally of two minds about structure. Some tell you enthusiastically how they organize their homes and lives so they can discharge dizzying numbers of responsibilities and still find time to be spontaneous and creative. Others are frankly disgusted by the concept, preferring to float on impulse from one pursuit to another in the belief that chaos fosters spontaneity and creativity.

Who's right? It depends on the individual, according… Read More »

GALA DINNER 80+9 - 2016





I met Rabbi Hecht in the Spring of 2013, after living in Kew Gardens for 2 years - without any shul to call my home. We met and discussed our upcoming marriage and the spirituality involved in the auspicious event. This was our introduction to Anshe Sholom Chabad.

Just about one year later in July 2014, as is customary on the 3rd of Tammuz (the Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM), Adina visited the Rebbe’s Ohel with the Rabbi and members of our congregation. As visitors wrote notes to be read graveside - making requests and wishes known of Hashem - the Rabbi said that one shouldn’t merely make requests, but, as one does… Read More »


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In addition to a) learning about challah b) making your own to take home c) we will be making challahs for you to give to someone who would most likely not have challah on their table this coming shabbos. [Co Sponsored by Mr & Mrs.Leora Schneck Danino – in honor of her Father Rabbi Shneck OB”M.]



Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht


Many people say “I always wondered what challah is? Why is it different then regular bread? What’s all the fuss about? Always wondered what "challah has been taken" meant on matzoh boxes too, it made no sense that challah would be mentioned on a matzoh box, since we eat matzoh instead of bread during… Read More »

On Eradicating Evil; Once and For All


Have you have experienced a situation where your leadership let you down.

I am not talking about in politics or your elected official, for that sadly way too often goes without saying.

I’m referring to a situation where someone you (once) respected let you down. In a place of this individual or group of individuals who you expected a robust and responsible and ethical and law abiding response - you got nothing?! Well, there comes a time when "We the people", the simple man and women must realize the truth and act, and remind again and again the leaders of the new reality.


I want to share with you a story of my great grandfather.

You see my grandfather… Read More »




By Mordechai Z. Hecht

Dedicated to the Henkin Family and our fellow Americans in Oregon

When the skies are open, birds fly.

When people ‘drink’, they get high.

When winds blow, leaves fall.

When people grow older, they become tall.

When it rains, the earth gains.

When people eat, they take a seat.

When people run, they use their feet.

When people sleep, they lie in bed.

When people are no longer alive, they are called dead.

When one gets a cut, one screams.

When one get’s shot, it’s the end of their dreams.

When human beings get hurt, one is pained.

When people die, human beings cry.

Terrorism is real like rapists, and people that steal.

If we sit back and say nothing and resent… Read More »

Hidden Secret in Yosef's Tomb

by Mordechai Z. Hecht



If you are like me, your heart dropped when you heard what they did to Yosef HaTzaddik – Joseph’s Mausoleum. Feelings of sadness, rage and anger filled your heart and rushed through your blood. How could they?!

Like with everything, I turned to the Torah for counsel and look what I found. Take a seat. This is huge.

ויאמר ישראל אל-יוסף, הלוא אחיך רועים בשכם--לכה, ואשלחך אליהם; ויאמר לו, הנני.
“Yisrael said to Yosef, “Aren’t your brothers pasturing in Shechem? Come, “I’ll send you to join them.” “I’m ready,“(Yosef) said to him (his father Jacob) (even though he knew his brothers hated… Read More »

Divine providence





Mordechai Z. Hecht



My regularly scheduled Thursday evening classes were recently dismissed for three weeks so I can research the concept of Divine Providence.

I have been blessed to find tremendous resources from our Rebbes of Chabad, as well as the great authors of this century and as early as the Bible itself.

Over the weeks I have managed to open dozens of books, and research hundreds of sources in this regard and have blown my mind away every page I turned.

It turns out that the Divine Providence concept is a web of ideas and counter ideas - A bouncing idea lending itself to gravity and then leaving gravity. Placing it’s onus on G-d… Read More »

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