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A Shabbat and Shavuot Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

It’s very easy to take parents for granted. At a recent Shabbat meal, the kids left the table and the conversation turned to our families.

The Shabbat Dad: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

These are very heavy weeks. As we move from Yom HaSho’a Ve-haGevurah last week into Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut this week, we realize how much we have to remember.

It Needs Salt: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

I recently enjoyed journalist John McQuaid’s book Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat.

Going Out of Camp: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

As a nine-year-old day camper, I was literally terror-stricken by another child. No, I was not bullied; there was another camper with a facial deformity who gave me the willies every time I saw her.

Finding Our Lens: A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

One of the scariest scenes in recent horror movies occurred in last year’s It, in a scene lifted directly from Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel (sorry, no links: not safe for kids — or even for some adults).

The Impostor Syndrome: A Shabbat Message From Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

My first year as a teacher I kept waiting for everyone – my students, their parents, my principal – to realize that I had fooled them all; I actually had no idea what I was doing. I know people who had similar feelings when they first became parents: we’re just faking this, and one day we’ll get caught and they’ll take this baby away from us.

They Also Serve: A Shabbat and Purim Message from Rabbi Dr. Kobrin

Running up the FDR drive in a race this past Sunday, I felt particular gratitude for a group of people who are often taken for granted: the volunteers. At a New York Road Runners race, volunteers staff tables and medical tents to give out snacks and drinks and to offer first aid. It’s cold, boring and often thankless work; Mr. Sigal and his family have volunteered at races and he’s told me how it can feel. Waiting on the sidelines can be hard.

Jewish History in a Flash Returns to NSHA

Video Games Can be Good for your Health

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