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“In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does
this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD
brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.’”
Exodus 13:14

The Hebrew word for “knowledge” is chochma. Broken down,
that word becomes coach mah, which translates as “the power
of asking what.” The more powerful our questions, the greater
our wisdom. We must teach our children and ourselves to ask
questions. It’s the only way to arrive at the most powerful and
life-changing knowledge. When he was 89, Isidor had an MRI
done, a lifesaving procedure made possible by one of his
inventions — an invention that was the result of all his

What good question can you ask today? “How can I make the
world a better place?” “Do things always have to be as they are?”
“What would I try if I wasn’t afraid to fail?” Or simply, “Can I be a
better person today than I was yesterday?”

The more we ask, the more we’ll know, and the better the
questions, the greater the wisdom to follow.

With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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