Hi, I’m Gruven Reuven

Currently I’m living in the fringes of Galus, or so it seems. (Actually it’s Downingtown PA). I’m a 45 yr old father of 2 boys aged 9 & 2. By day I’m an Applications Development manager for a large website. (hint: TV shopping channel based in West Chester PA).

In my free time I enjoy studying Torah, Talmud & Tanya daily. I also study the Rambam daily as well. A side from my kids and my studies, I enjoy gadgets. Basically I’m a geek.

Before becoming a Chabadnik 7 years ago, I followed the Grateful Dead for the better part of  18 years. Traded my Ponytail for payoes, and my tye-dye T-shirts for a Black Fedora hat.

Well… aside from my other blogs which are more subject centric, I’d like this Blog to be about me. Lets see how that goes….



  1. So far, I am intrigued!

    Not coming from a religious family myself… I find it quite mystical to be designing and offering Judaic eCards through my Say It With eCards website.

    There must be a reason for this!

    I will admit… it has brought me closer to my ethnicity and it is fun to learn more about my heritage.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Roz Fruchtman
    @sayitwithecards @rozfruchtman

  2. Hi Gruven Reuven

    My name is Assaf , a video director from the holy the holy land.

    We’ve (me and my wife) just finished making a viral movie for Jerusalem:

    Hope you’ll like it and u’ll put it in your blog

    And Shalom

    Tel Aviv

    p.s- please informed us what u think about our small movie.

  3. H, Gruven_Reuven!
    I miss talking to you on Twitter. Been really busy with my best friend, she has leukemia 🙂 I hope to be back soon.

    Shalom, Leah

  4. Gruven Reuven,

    Of all the words written about Ronen Levi Yitzchak Segal, yours were the most heartfelt and loving.
    May HaShem bless you and keep you.


  5. LOL, I thought it did look like me 🙂

    I was thinking of switching to a real picture anyway

  6. My wife loved your upsherin invitations. WHere did you get them, how do I get similar ones. ANy help would be awesome.


  7. Please email me if you know S. Honickman? Just curious, based on your Dead past…

  8. Your upsherin invitation is great! Do you sell it or let others use it? Thanks.

  9. Hey now, seems we are about the same age and no doubt crossed paths on tour. My first show was at the Meadow Lands in 81 or 82. Spent the next six or so years on tour and then decided to get some day to day focus ( a job). My name is Gene and I am trying to catch up with friends from the early 80s. On guy I’m hoping to catch up with is Rabbi, a jewish guy from Jersey. ( I guess that’s kinda obvious from the name eh? ). He and I met in Jersey, but spent a bit more time together in Santa Cruz. I’m guessing that was 82-83. He was hanging with this really cute blond. Kinda spacey, but smart. I can’t remember her name. Anyway, I never caught his real name, and trying to find friends based on common nick names is kinda tough. Any help would be appreciated. BTW, dig the hat brother…

  10. Hey Reuven,
    Nice blog. Nice seder of learning. Want some chassidus of the Rebbe Rashab in the mix? See DailyChassidus.blogspot for video’s, notes, pictures, animation, broadcasts etc daily…!
    ~ Y

  11. I was going to get Pandemic Legacy. Is there a way to play on Shabbos (i.e. Alternatives to tearing cards and applying stickers?)

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