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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Parcels to Heaven

By Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn


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A childhood incident in a destroyed world transformed his life and many, many others


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Tajtelbaum of Golders Green, London, passed away in May 2004, he left a legacy of philanthropy that is worthy of emulation. Not only did he support many of the institutions in London but he almost singlehandly helped the Gerrer Rebbi, known as the Lev Simchah, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Alter (1898-1992), transform the city of Arad in southern Israel into a Jewish metropolis.


Aside from his philanthropy and his many guests every Sabbath, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid was an originator of Torah thoughts and insights that were published after his passing. His son, Rabbi Mendel, recently shared with me the story that shaped his father's life and led to an insight that he repeated dozens of times.


Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid grew up in the poverty-stricken town of Sierpc (pronounced Shepps) in Poland. Though the Tajtelbaums were better off than others, often a supper consisted only of a thick soup with some pieces of vegetable and scraps of chicken.


On one particularly cold snowy evening, Mrs. Shprintza Tajtelbaum began serving this kind of soup to her husband and nine children. Everyone had a bowl and she went from bowl to bowl, filling them according to the ages of children, giving each of them a fair share from a limited pot.


As she finished filling the last child's bowl and was getting ready to fill her own bowl, there was a nasty knock on the front door. Mrs. Tajtelbaum sent one of the children to answer it. A poverty-stricken foul-smelling beggar walked in. He was far from clean and his tattered coat dripped with snow that fell on the floor as he made his way into the room dragging slushy muddy dirt with him. He barely looked up and barked in Yiddish, "Gitz essin!" (Give something to eat!)


The children frowned from the putrid odor that emanated from this vagabond. The mother said softly, "Go into the bathroom and wash up. You will feel better."


The children then watched in amazement as she went around the table and took a spoonful of soup from each of their bowls and put in it a separate bowl, which she then set down on the table for their unexpected new guest.


As the man ate his soup, it was obvious he hadn't eaten in a while. Repulsed as they were by this grimy individual, the children would never forget their mother's magnanimity.


Years later it was said that when Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid was interned in the Auschwitz slave-labor camp, where he was subjected to deprivation, starvation and cruelty, he kept only half of his daily bread ration for himself. The other half he would divide into tiny pieces and dispense them to others who were on the verge of starvation.


He hadn't forgotten what he learned as a child.


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Decades later, as a wealthy man in London, he observed that the Torah states, When you lend money to My people, to the poor person with you ... (Exodus 22:24). Since the Torah, in its original Hebrew, has no vowels, the word for "loan" can also be read, "to accompany". This would teach us If you want your money to accompany you [in the Next World,] lend it or give it to My people, the poor man ...


"You can't take your money with you," Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid would teach, "but that which you give to others will escort you in the Next World."


When Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid passed away, the money he gave to others surely ushered him to Higher Spheres, where he met his mother, and those he sustained in Auschwitz.

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Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn is a world famous inspirational lecturer and author of, among others, the just released In the Spirit of the Maggid: Inspirational stories that touch the heart and stir the spirit, from where this story was adapted. (Sales of the book help fund JWR.)

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