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Posts by Peretz Chein

EP 6: The Antidote to Narcissism: Investment

When Chanie and I married, 19 years ago today, the 11th of Shevat, we were committed to living our lives together and raising our future family as Shluchim (emissaries) of the Rebbe. In simpler terms that meant to be wholly dedicated to positively impact the lives of individuals and the world. It also meant to do…

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EP 6: Kosher v. Doing Good

Place eating an exclusively kosher diet – no buttered lamb for instance- alongside giving one’s resources – fiscal or talent – towards a worthwhile cause. Then ask, “What measurable impact and value does each, observing kosher and doing good, have on the world?” Young people are asking this question and concluding that a kosher diet,…

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EP 5: Reclaiming our Chabad Authenticity

Neither publicly, nor for that matter privately, have I ever shared this; after fifteen years of leading the Chabad House at Brandeis I was burnt out and ready to seek an alternative. Chanie, my wife, also shared some of these feelings. This was in the Spring of 2017, concluding our sixteenth year, though it developed…

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EP2 P1: Impressed by an Upcoming Female Orthodox Rabbi

Everyone loves a juicy headline. Usually that happens when something unusual occurs and highlighted if someone is squirming in the story. When a Chabad Rabbi converses with a young woman preparing to become a Rabbi-that is unusual. If she asks him on record what his opinion of women becoming Rabbis, someone is going to squirm,…

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