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Rabbi Eli Hecht

  • Preschool Project Strives to Educate All

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    King Solomon was known to have coined the expression, "Educate the child accordingly so that when he grows old, he will not leave." In other words, take advantage of the child's education as soon as possible.

    In modern times, this admonition certainly applies to preschool, and it's...

  • A Blessing for the Father

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few months ago I flew from Long Beach to Brooklyn. It was a long, sad and lonely trip. A few days earlier, my mother had turned 82 years old and was looking forward to a special birthday, when tragedy struck. A fire broke out in her home. Quickly, her life was taken by fire and...

  • Making Sense of My Mother’s Death

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I was working at my school office planning a day of classes and interviews when I was notified of an incoming call from New York. It was my cousin, Shion, a hospital chaplain and a fine rabbi.

    "Have you heard the news?" he asked.

    I thought his voice sounded pensive and...

  • Bubbie’s Menorah Miracle

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bubbie, my sweet grandmother, is a small woman, barely 5-feet tall. Her candelabra wasn't just a candleholder used for the Sabbath and Chanukah lights. It was a family symbol; a magnet that brought family and friends together. On Sabbath evenings Bubbie would don a special...

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  • Alternatives to Drugs

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The world exists only because of the innocent breath of schoolchildren," attributed to Jewish sages, first century Talmud.



    Recent reports of children as early as 2 years old receiving psychotropic drugs has me worried. How safe are Ritalin and Prozac -- the stimulants and...

  • AMBER: The U.S. Moral Alert

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At least once a week, we hear reports of missing children. Some are found alive and others, tragically, dead.

    Some become names on the missing list and remain a mystery.

    The heartbreak is great, and families never truly recover from the trauma. For years, we have been aware of this...

  • A Kosher Holiday

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I was born into a modern American religious family on my father's side. I was especially proud to be a fourth-generation American Jew. I played a great game of baseball, enjoyed reading the Sunday funnies and celebrated American holidays. My mother's family was the complete opposite....

  • Remembering Babi Yar

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A great sadness came upon me after hearing of Pope John Paul II's recent visit to Kiev, Ukraine. The pope's trip to was an attempt to bring harmony between Ukrainian Greek Catholics and the Russian Orthodox Church. There, he visited and prayed at the Babi Yar Memorial. He offered a...