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Soul Sabbatical – the Question?!

Re the Torah Portion of Behar / Bechukosai : Vayikra: 25,20

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Hecht 


I’m coming on to 7 years here in my position as Rabbi at Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC and more than 8 years as Founder of Chabad of the Gardens- Forest Hills.

Over the years I have experienced great days, wondrous experiences and spectacular times. Alongside all that came great challenges and up-hill daily life-battles and some awesome trenches of life, even failures of sorts – which in turn turned out to be blessings.


Following my own personal signs, I recently felt, as my “contract” allows, for me to take a sabbatical, if at all possible, and I wondered shall I… Read More »

Where do all the socks go


Where do all the socks in the wash go?

By Mordechai Z. Hecht

We enter today the Hebrew Happiest month of the Jewish calendar - Adar, therefore on the lighter side I present you with the following.


The question I have makes me apparently a member of the world who all have this exact same question: Where do all the socks in the wash go? Perhaps we have more in common than not. I have some 30 pairs of socks in my draw and some 27 single socks, where have their partners gone?

We can comfortably say that this question is similar to the age old question, I have always had, and continue to grapple with to this very day as to, “why do most normal people like pizza and ice cream?!” What is it about the human being… Read More »

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