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Maya Angelou


June 15, 2011 | Jennie Cohen

Recently I watched a Master Class on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) featuring author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou. These classes are one-hour television programs with interviews of celebrities and successful people who give lessons containing valuable advice. They offer words of wisdom from their life experiences to support the viewers in coping with their own challenges in order to help the viewers to live more meaningful, fulfilling lives.

In this class, autobiographical stories revealed a very traumatic experience for Angelou, which took place in her early childhood. The first lesson I learned was that it is possible to overcome huge challenges. Angelou did not let that experience dictate her life. Although many years passed since it happened, not only did she gain strength from overcoming that challenge and the aftermath of it, she has reached out to millions and used her painful experience to help others live better lives. Read Complete Editorial


World Lubavitch Headquarters


April 6, 2011 | Rabbi Benzion Cohen

On Wed., March 30, my wife and I flew to New York. We are on the way to a wedding in Vancouver. My wife's sister lives there, and her daughter is getting married.

To visit New York is always a very special occasion for Lubavitchers. World Lubavitch Headquarters is located at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. It was here that I had my first audience with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, 41 years ago. I was 19 years old at the time. Nine months earlier I had dropped out of Hebrew University to learn in the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad. I quickly fell in love with the yeshiva. I greatly enjoyed learning Torah, especially Chassidic teachings and Talmud. To enjoy learning? This in itself was a very special and happy feeling. Until then I had learned for 14 years, but not because I enjoyed it, but because I had to. When I was in school, I would usually only learn the bare minimum necessary to pass the tests. Read Complete Editorial