Do What You Can

How does Hashem expect us to prepare for Passover and to observe Seder night with all the challenges and limitations of the Coronavirus pandemic? Here is your encouraging answer...

The Light in the Darkness

The darkness is getting heavier by the day: good and righteous people are becoming infected with and dying from COVID-19. Antisemites around the world are blaming the Jews. The secular media both in the USA and in Israel are blaming the Haredim. The tests of emuna are unprecedented, especially in the critical ares of health and income, but it's no coincidence that this is all happening right before Passover. Is there any light in all this darkness? What's happening? Let's find out...

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The Indoor Whole-Family Exercise Routine

Are the kids rambunctious in confinement all day long? For sure they are. Do you feel stressed or down? Sure, you do, but your body is probably lacking endorphins, those feel-good hormones that you get from physical exercise. People are going crazy how to keep the children occupied while everyone's confined at home. Here's a way to keep the whole family occupied, healthy and feeling good with this 25-minute family workout that requires no equipment and very little space. What's more, it's geared for people of all ages and all fitness levels, small children to seniors, beginners to advanced. 

List of Exercises:

Stage 1 – 5-minute warmup

  1. March in place – 30 seconds
  2. March in place with pullup – 30 seconds
  3. Side steps – 30 seconds
  4. Side step with clap – 30 seconds
  5. Side lunge – 30'
  6. Side lunge with twist – 30'
  7. Elbow to Knee – 60'
  8. Jog in place – 60'

60' water break

Stage 2 – Aerobic, 40' work, 20' rest

  1. Jumping Jacks
  2. Clap Jacks
  3. Clown Jacks
  4. Skier
  5. Speedskater

60' water break

Stage 3 - Strength

  1. Pushups, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest, 30' rest before next exercise
  2. Squats, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest, 30' rest before next exercise
  3. Planks, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest

60" water break

Stage 4 – Stretch and Cooldown

  1. Hug yourself – 60'
  2. Sprinter Stretch – 30' each side
  3. Windmill Stretch – 30' each side
  4. Sitting Stretch – 30' each side
  5. Bedouin Stretch and neck message – 60'

 

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Where’s Moshiach?

The twelfth of our Thirteen Principles of Emuna requires us all to eagerly anticipate Moshiach. I don't think that there's anyone, religious or not, who doesn't want Moshiach, so where is he? Why doesn't he come already? A lot of people are talking about Coronavirus as a catalyst for Moshiach, but is there any truth in that? Let's find out...

Coronavirus: Finding the Balance between Effort and Emuna

Today's podcast is entitled is a vital answer to what many people are asking now in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic about how much should we be putting effort into doing everything that the medical authorities tell us to do and how much we should be relying on faith and trust, what we call emuna and bitachon. A simple metaphor will help us understand...

Excess Baggage: The Common Denominator of Coronavirus and Passover Cleaning

It's no coincidence that the Coronavirus and its restrictions hit us at the exact time when we're supposed to be preparing full-speed for Passover. What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us and what does one have to do with the other?

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The Gift of Solitude

Coronavirus has thrown millions of people into solitude. All of a sudden, people are facing a new reality that they've never experienced, which as we learn today, is a gift from Above.

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Coronavirus: The Concealed Blessing

Emuna teaches us that everything is from Hashem is a loving Father, so that everything He does is for our ultimate benefit. If we look close enough, we can find a concealed blessing within every creation. If so, the big question is, what could possibly be a blessing about a pandemic in general, and Coronavirus in particular? Let's get some answers in today's podcast...

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Coronavirus: Effort or Emuna?

People are confused, especially when some rabbis leaders have padlocked their synagogues while for others, it's business as usual. Many are asking me if listening to one's local medical authorities and refraining from praying in a synagogue or immersing in a men's mikva constitutes a lack of emuna. Today's podcast provides a detailed answer...

The Reward of Life

These days, during the challenge of the Coronavirus pandemic, any person with the slightest bit of emuna thanks Hashem profusely for every new day of life, even every moment of life. As things are getting shut down by the minute, we are limited in our choices. But, there is one important choice we can make, where we earn the reward of a good and healthy life, just as our sages promise...