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March 4th 2016

A Tale of Two Time Zones – An ADHD Story

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A Tale of Two Time Zones – An ADHD Story A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein Do you ever wonder what happened to the work you were supposed to do by yesterday? After all, you found out about it about three whole months ago. You certainly had enough time. Why didn’t you do it? […]

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July 19th 2015

The Tissue Box

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The Tissue Box A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein It was Tisha b’av, the time on the calendar that we lost our temples. I entered the synagogue for the Tisha b’av service. I searched for the tissues so I could grab a few before they were all gone. After all, it was the ninth […]

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June 9th 2015

The Benefit of the Illness

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The Benefit of the Illness A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Why is it that some people just do not get better? Why (at the time of this writing) do I still use crutches to walk? There are people who go from one healer to another searching for an answer. They say they want to […]

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June 6th 2015

Not Despite…But Because

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Not Despite. . .  But Because . . . Does Disability Stop Us or is It a Source of Greatness Disability – What Do We Do with That? Who doesn’t have some sort of disability, either in mind, in body or even in spirit?   The question is: What do we do with that? Does […]

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May 18th 2015

The Lone Tree: Alone But Not Alone

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The Lone Tree: Alone But Not Alone A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein Simon Tov and Mazal Tov Siman tov and Mazal Tov……..Mazal Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Greenberg (not the real name) who had, yet, another grandchild. Mazal Tov to Mr. & Mrs Smith who are marrying off their daughter. Congratulations to Dr. […]

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April 21st 2015

The Only Way

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The Only Way A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Was it a Punishment? Arnie Greenstein a”h passed to the next world during the week that we read Parshat Shemini. In Parshat Shemini the sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, bring a strange fire that they are not commanded to bring They get consumed (or eaten) […]

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March 29th 2015

None of My Business???

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None of My Business??? A Life Lessons Story by Chana-Klein Can my friend have a problem that does not affect me? Can I avoid being touched by my enemy’s difficulty? Isn’t it all none of my business? A Chana Parable A field mouse moved into the home of old Farmer Mike and his wife Lucy. […]

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March 17th 2015

Encounters With Angels

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Encounters With Angels A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Have you ever experienced an angel in your life just when you needed one? Like a figure who enters your life and changes something, or someone, or you? Then, when it is a done deal, the figure seems to disappear and you can’t contact them. It […]

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March 15th 2015

Personal Touch

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Personal Touch A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein It happened to Adam, the first man, to Joseph, to Moshe, to Miriam, to King Saul, to Ruth, and to so many in our Tanach (Bible). It happened, or will happen, to each of us, at some time in our lives. Change of Status What will happen? […]

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March 12th 2015

Do it Anyway

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Do it Anyway A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Have you ever tried and tried to do something but you just couldn’t no matter how hard you tried? They All Move Away From Me It was the second week of the semester and as I sat in the Ulpan Classroom in Jerusalem, Israel. I looked […]

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March 1st 2015

Missed Opportunity

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Missed Opportunity  A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein Are we commanded to honor another no matter where that person comes from? Is it okay to avoid or snub people who are not just like us? The parsha Kedoshim begins with “You shall be holy for holy am I, Hashem, your God. A few paragraphs […]

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March 1st 2015

The List

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The List A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Engraved in the sidewalk on East 41 Street in NYC are the words: “The world is made of stories, not atoms.” My Complaints Like most people whose story I have the honor of listening to, my life has been tough, maybe even tougher than most. Years ago, […]

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February 25th 2015

A Matter of Focus

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A Matter of Focus A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein   A Matter of Focus With all of the distractions we allow ourselves to experience, I wonder if we understand the power of focus, the power of the decision to not let the distractions in. The power of knowing what we want . . […]

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February 19th 2015

The Rules

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The Rules A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Who needs all these rules? Who can live like that? Why would I want to restrict myself? I wasn’t even raised that way. I don’t have to do this. Or do I???? “I love Jews,” a person who has Aspergers Syndrome told me. “Even though I am […]

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January 29th 2015

Misjudged: Do We See Who They Are? – Would King David Be Kicked Out of Yeshiva?

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Misjudged: Do We See Who They Are? Would King David Be Kicked Out of Yeshiva? A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein If we were to meet King David, today??? If we were to meet King David, or his great grandmother, Ruth, as teenagers, not knowing who they were to become, how would we treat […]

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January 12th 2015

The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect – Everything Counts A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein How are we measured in Life? In Heaven? What counts more? How you speak to a cashier in the supermarket? Or how you speak to the head of your child’s yeshiva? How you take care of a stranger? Or how you care […]

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December 13th 2014

Power in the Search: Where Do We Find The Cure?

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The Power in the Search (Where Do We Find The Cure?) A life Lessons Story By Chana Klein   Hopeless Situations We go through so many life situations. Sometimes we lose hope, which makes things feel so much worse. Then there are those times when all hope feels nonexistent and an answer, a solution, somehow […]

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December 11th 2014

The Light They Can’t Put Out

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The Light They Can’t Put Out A Chanukah Story by Chana Klein Did you ever do the right thing and no one stood up for it with you? Should we stand up for the truth anyway? OR – Is it just an act of futility? Especially, if we haven’t won? A Chanukah Story from Auschwitz     (Recreated from […]

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November 17th 2014

Where’s The Love?

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Where’s The Love? A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein Why do we lose so many Jews? Shopping I held the door for a young woman, wearing a tichel (head covering) as she wheeled her baby carriage out of the store. She did not say “thank you” or even look at me. It was so cold. […]

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October 27th 2014

I’m Okay!

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I’m Okay by Chana Klein  Here she is again. My jaw tenses. I am at an OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meeting. I intentionally came to a meeting different from the one I had attended yesterday just so that I wouldn’t end up in the same place that my mother is. Obviously, she too was looking to […]

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October 19th 2014

Not For Nothing

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Not For Nothing A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein   By now, we have been praying for our temple to be rebuilt for thousands of years.   Are our prayers heard by the Almighty? Will He respond? Does He respond to our individual requests, as well? I mean, really? Can it be that you, or […]

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September 6th 2014

Our Need … His Presence

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Our Need … His Presence A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein Everyone was against Nechemiah (book of Ezra-Nechemiah.) They plotted to hurt him and his project. They wanted to stop him. With so many people against him, he turned to God. That is often how I feel in my own life. I work so […]

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July 19th 2014

What Does A Woman of Valor Really Want?

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The Most Difficult Question A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein This story is dedicated to women of valor and the men who love them. A Woman of Valor is called an Eishet Chayil in Proverb 31. A Jew sings Proverb 31, Eishet Chayil (A Woman of Valor), every Friday night. According to the words […]

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April 7th 2014

Break His Teeth

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Break His Teeth A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein The Story of Passover??? The very first time that I read the Haggadah, the book we read to guide us through the Passover Seder, I was expecting it to be a story, the story of Passover. But I could not find much story. Instead, statements […]

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September 25th 2011

Saved by Shabbos

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Saved by Shabbos A LIfe Lessons Story by Chana Klein “When I safeguard the Sabbath, G-d will safeguard me…” (The Ibn Ezra’s Letter of Shabbat: October 30, 1158) The cooking was done. Before Shabbos, I lit the fire under the blech.* My (ex) husband left for shul. I went upstairs and got into bed to […]

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September 6th 2010

Grateful- A Different Perspective

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Grateful- A Different Perspective A Life Lessons Story by Chana Klein   Looking back on my life, I ask myself, to whom am I most grateful for the greatest lessons? I do not get the answer I had expected, just as I did not have the life I had expected. To whom do I feel […]

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July 19th 2010

An Extra Portion

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An Extra Portion A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein An Extra Portion How often does it happen that when I am not receiving what I want, I begin to believe that I will never have it? The Israelites in the desert received an extra portion of maan (food) before Shabbos. They learned about Shabbos by […]

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July 19th 2010

Does It Matter?

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Does It Matter? A Life-Lessons Story by Chana Klein “So I did a small thing. It didn’t hurt anyone. No one will ever know.” I wonder how many of us have self-talked in that way. Is it really true that it will never matter, whatever it is, or was? I had borrowed a set of […]

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