Posts by Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel

Why Does G-d Allow Us To Suffer?

In the beginning of January 2023, America experienced her greatest travel hiccup since 9-11 when tens of thousands of people were stranded as flights were canceled due to a computer glitch. Like those who were forced to sleep in airports, many of us find ourselves stuck in low-energy relatio…

Ten Easy Steps to Cheating Death and Living Forever

Three months ago, on the Festival of Simchat Torah we began reading the Book of Genesis. On the first weekend of January 2023, we conclude the Book of Genesis, with the story of our forefather Jacob who lived his final years in the Land of Egypt. The Torah tells us that despite Jacob’s pas…

Why I Bought Roses for My Wife

Recently I bought roses for my wife. There was no particular anniversary or birthday, just a slightly stressful beginning to the week, and so I stopped in Trader Joe’s after a long day of not being home to get some flowers.

Truth is that I have never understood (and probably never will un…

A 31 Day Benefit-of-the-Doubt Challenge

David and Tamar Sheinberg were engaged during Chanukah of 2019, with plans to marry on March 30th, 2020. But their plans were upended right after Purim that year when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and the Israeli government started implementing limits on crowds. Taking no chances, the couple…

My incredible journey to Kazakhstan!

״Your Challenge May be your Purpose״

As the summer turn into fall, I decided to go on a spiritually invigorating trip to the most remote location I have ever visited. A journey of a lifetime, to reenergize my Soul before the High Holidays come upon us.

On a recent Monday night, I boarded…

Horror. Pain. Grief. Outrage.

The horrific murder of 19 beautiful children and 2 innocent adults rocked our nation and the entire world, a short while ago in Uvalde, Texas. Senseless other shootings have happened since then. Our hearts are heavy, and our eyes are filled with tears. We cry for the Uvalde community and pra…

Plant Today, Reap Tomorrow

Addressing high-ranking officials during his inaugural speech on May 19, 2019, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “I don’t want my portraits to hang in your offices, because the president is not an icon or an idol. Hang pictures of your children there and look them in the eyes…

Nurturing Fins and Scales in our Children

Recently, we read on Shabbat about the laws of kashrut, and we learned of the two characteristics which render creatures of the sea Kosher. It is stated in the Book of Leviticus, chapter 11, “These shall you eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales.” 

Beyond i…

Who Am I?

Sometimes you have to smile. With all the misery piling up from day to day in the ongoing Ukraine saga, there was one light moment. A newscaster in India was interviewing two guests about the crisis. One was an American analyst, the other an editor from a Kiev newspaper. The two guests we…

My Covid Eulogy, Two Years Later

Wow, who would have ever imagined this, we are just about to mark the second Yahrzeit of Covid19. (Unfortunately, it is still very much here... but you know what I mean). So, here's my eulogy, two years later. 

Dear Mr. Covid, 

It is hard to believe that only a year has passed since…

Labels Mean Nothing when Talking about Jews

One Saturday evening last month, when we put on our phones right after Shabbat, we saw the shocking news of what happened in Colleyville Texas. Four Jews had been taken hostage within their Temple, during Shabbat services. It was irrelevant what community the Rabbi represented, or what sty…

Let’s Talk About an Uncomfortable Topic

There are many conversations that people are comfortable to talk about. There are those conversations that people shy away from. Today, let’s have a conversation about an uncomfortable topic: dying. 

But wait: what is it about dying that makes many of us uncomfortable? Some will arg…

IS THE FIRST NIGHT CANDLE LONELY?

It was late at night. The latkes were long gone.  The kids were asleep.  I went and sat down to do some studying and saw my little flame still going strong.  (Yes, the large glasses of oil tend to outlast the candles).  

And then I stopped to think: 

There's something…

Kosher Takeout Comes to Nashville

On any typical day, several calls come into the office at Chabad of Nashville, all with the same question:

“Hi, I am going to be in Nashville next weekend, and I have no idea where I can get Kosher food.”

“I am coming for a conference, and I need kosher meals.”

“My family is vis…

MY 5781 COVID P&L SHEET

Just like that, another year is beginning its slow retreat into history. The year 5781 will be one for the records, one of much uncertainty and disarray, and very soon we will welcome the New Year of 5782. The season of the New Year is upon us, a time of stock taking and introspection. The l…