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Articles written by Rabbi Gabi Gittleson

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  • Words of encouragement in response to the coronavirus

    Rabbi Gabi Gittleson, JOINOrlando.org|Mar 27, 2020

    In Yeshiva/Rabbinical School, the community underwent multiple tragedies/difficulties in a short period. One of my rabbis told me at that time something that has stayed with me until today, giving me the support and inspiration during difficult times. He compared life (in some ways) to a school: Just like you would never give a second grader a test meant for a high school kid, so too in life, Hashem/G-d only gives us challenges that are tailor-made for each one of us specifically, as He knows exactly what we can handle and what we are capable...

  • JOIN Orlando's wine and wisdom social brings happiness to many

    Rabbi Gabi Gittleson|Oct 2, 2015

    Laughter. A small concept that has life-altering implications. If we can laugh and feel joy at all times, during sickness and health, the good times and the bad, when things are going well and when things seem more difficult-it will be very helpful in lifting our spirits and keeping our outlook positive. This was the theme world-renowned Rabbi YY Rubinstein spoke about at the recent JOIN Orlando's Wine and Wisdom event, held on Sept. 17 at The Roth Family JCC. JOIN Orlando's (Jewish Outreach INi...

  • Families sense connectivity and vibrancy at Jewish Fun Day

    Rabbi Gabi Gittleson, J.O.in Orlando|Sep 19, 2014

    Imagine an empty patch of concrete being transformed into an action-packed hub of activity, filled with the laughter of over 200 people. That is what transpired on Sunday, Sept. 7, when four local Jewish community organizations-Orlando Torah Academy, Jewish Outreach INitiative (J.O.IN Orlando), Orlando Jewish Experience and Orlando Torah Center-organized a Jewish Family Fun Day. In addition to the bounce houses and cotton candy, popcorn, balloon sculpting and face painting, three grills worked...