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The student who was engrossed in his thoughts replied curtly to the Rav who attempted to engage him in conversation in order to get acquainted.
Exceedingly irritated the pre-occupied student burst out abruptly and asked the Rav what difference it made to the Rav to know who he was and where he came from.
The Rav explained: it is an accepted Jewish custom that when a new person comes to town, one must greet him with Shalom and ask his name, his place of origin and what he does.
The Rav continued: when we say Shalom to someone, we make peace with that individual. Two Jews that know a bit about one another will be inclined to help each other and often times grow to love each other, which in turn makes them each joyous for the other’s success. As below, so too above: when Jews are joyous below it is reflected above in the joy of Hashem which yields added bracha and joy not only to the two Jews who invested a few minutes to get acquainted, but the entire Land and its inhabitants reap the benefits as well.
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She is an educational guidance counselor, group leader, pre-marital coach, matchmaker and Judaic Studies teacher. Sherrie is certified by Midreshet Emunah and is accredited by the Rabbanut of Israel, to be a pre-marital couple’s counselor and Kallah teacher.
Sherrie is dedicated to promoting and enhancing emotional intelligence and communication skills in conjunction with Torah values. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Brooklyn College and a B. Before coming to Israel in 1989 from Great Neck, New York, Sherrie taught Judaic Studies at the North Shore Hebrew Academy.
Sherrie is professionally known for her guidance in the educational system as well as her outstanding capabilities teaching interpersonal relationship skills to groups and individuals.Sherrie trained individuals and couples in the laws of Kashrut, Guidelines of Parenting, Parshat Shavua and Pirkei Avot.In her work as a Guidance Counselor in the national religious “Mamad” school, "Yehuda Halevi", Sherrie instructed life skill workshops to students, parents and teachers, with a focus on communication, conflict resolution and anger management.“Remember,” said the Rav to the student, “how much nachas Hashem receives from a “shalom aleichem” between two Jews, when they show each other the respect and concern and especially are “makdimim,” initiating this relationship! Shalom is one of Hashem’s names-this is one of the ways that He is defined!
To apply this anecdote to the world of dating, we can ask ourselves: “how much time to do I spend trying to know my date vs.“Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace.” (shalom) (Bamidbar) Rabbeinu Tovia B’Psikta Zutra wrote: so great is the blessing of Shalom received by Pinchas from Hashem, that one ought to follow suit and feel compelled to greet one another with Shalom, Shacharit and Maariv.