Friday, June 21, 2013

Warm Heart

Happy Anniversary this week to Joel and Lisa! Wishing you a lifetime of bliss together.
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Kamianets CastleAs presented last week, your Table Talk is now in L'Chaim mode.

The suggestion is this:

At some point during the Shabbat meal, pour everyone their favorite beverage for a l'chaim.

But ask them not to drink until after you finish the story. Make this a ritual every Friday night, and your family will look forward to it.

The best book I have found full of Jewish-themed stories is called Stories My Grandfather Told Me. The publisher has granted me permission to excerpt these via email, but not on a web page. If you would like to receive a copy of this week's story, "Someone Else's Property", please join the email list or send me an email, seinfeld  (at)

This week's story is called “A Warm Heart”.

It begins like this:

When Rabbi Moshe Feinstein underwent open-heart surgery, he searched his deeds to find the reason for his suffering.....

And ends like this:

May we all learn to be so sensitive to other people's feelings. L'chaim!

Question for your table - how do you think he felt when he remembered the childhood incident?

Shabbat Shalom

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Excerpted and adapted with permission from Stories My Grandfather Told Me, Vol. 4, © 2001 ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. All rights reserved. Get the book here.

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