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Copyright Rabbi Eli Hecht
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(Printed in Daily Breeze 6/20/06)
“Rabbi.”

“Yes.”

“I know who you are,” said the voice, “I can tell where you are exactly.”

“Tell me where I am” I said.

“You are in your car in front of your home.”

Quite startled I answered, “I believe you are right.”

The voice continued. “I can tell you where you are at all times. If you need help I can help you. Imagine, if you get lost I will help you find directions. Even if you become unable to reach for help I will do it for you.”
(Re: Virginia Tech Massacre)
Many wonder where God is when tragedies take place. I always wonder where the people are when tragedies take place. The latest tragedy at Virginia Polytechnic Campus really makes me wonder about both. Where was God and the people at the time of the tragedy?


As Professor Liviu Librescu valiantly sacrificed his life for his students by slowing down the madman’s made carnage Jewish people in Europe were busy marching at WWII death camps. This day was called a day of remembrance of the Holocaust and death camps. They gave messages of “never again” and made proclamations “we will never forget.” Educators, youth leaders, religious representatives of various organized religions, and
Printed in Press Telegram (Sunday, October 28 2007)
What do firemen and rabbis have in common? They both put out fires. The recent catastrophe taking place in our sunshine state of California makes me wonder what G-d is up to. What message can He be conveying and what lesson can be learned? One thing I know for sure is that it is the clergyman’s job to do and not ask. As one rabbi put it “We only work here, we don’t make the catastrophes.

Amidst the sorrow and hardship the world continues to turn. The World Series begins and the Boston Red Sox win the first game. It was the most exciting game in the 104 years history of the World Series. China embarks on a ten year moon exploration program and launches its first lunar probe. In Jakart
Press Telegram 10/28/07
What do firemen and rabbis have in common? They both put out fires. The recent catastrophe taking place in our sunshine state of California makes me wonder what G-d is up to. What message can He be conveying and what lesson can be learned? One thing I know for sure is that it is the clergyman’s job to do and not ask. As one rabbi put it “We only work here, we don’t make the catastrophes.

Amidst the sorrow and hardship the world continues to turn. The World Series begins and the Boston Red Sox win the first game. It was the most exciting game in the 104 years history of the World Series. China embarks on a ten year moon exploration program and launches its first lunar probe. In Jakart
(Printed in P. Telegram, D. Breeze & Shmais 12.4.08)
My Dear Friends,

We have gathered here to pay respect to a wonderful Chabad couple, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivky Holtzberg. They, with four others, were ruthlessly killed in an attack on a Chabad house in India.

At the eulogy in Israel, President Shimon Peres, spoke about the cry of the 2 year old baby boy saved from the massacre. The little boy just celebrated his 2nd birthday. Sadly his birthday present was attending the funeral of his martyred parents....

What they mean to us
Lately, when I travel to New York something happens and I usually learn a lesson from it. On my last visit to New York I was exposed to the terrible tragedy which took place in India, the destruction of a Jewish center, a Chabad House and the killing of the Rabbi and his wife and innocent visitors. This week I again visited New York and I had the following incredible story. It has to do with miracles.

I was flying from California to New York City to be at a memorial for my mother. I was to meet my father and brothers and sisters. It was a little hard for me to find a ticket but at the last moment Jet Blue had a special fare with one seat left. I was able to leave early and get to New
Printed on Shmais News Service 2/12/09
This coming Monday Americans will celebrate Presidents' Day. Our government gives honor to both George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays. The way we celebrate is by taking off from work and hopefully spending more quality time with friends and family.

There is a book called In God We Trust, a handbook of values for Americans based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. In it we find the following observation.
“May you live in interesting times” – Attributed to an old Chinese curse.

There is no greater space than Space itself. Here on Earth there may be no greater expanse than the Atlantic Ocean. Yet this month it was reported that both Space and the Atlantic Ocean experienced crashes. If we didn't know any better we may think the reports were a joke.

Shmais 11/19/09
This week over three thousand, five hundred Rabbis, Shluchim - emissaries, from the Lubavitcher Rebbe met in Brooklyn, New York. This is a yearly convention. Ideas were exchanged, lessons taught, and friendships renewed. Every Rabbi was given a schedule listing opportunities for 120 hours of learning, symposiums, and general ideas for spreading Yiddishkeit.
Press Telegram 11/10/2009 Daily Breeze 11/11/2009
Today, on Veterans Day, newspapers are full of advertisements for the best deals of the day. Ironically, most people who take advantage of Veterans Days sales may not be veterans. Many veterans are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to traumatic events that threatened or caused great physical harm such as brain injury.

Then there are physical handicaps - broken bones and backs. And there are broken families. Amputees are learning how to live their lives in a normal fashion, while suicides are all-too frequent.

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