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Summer Vacation in Israel Canceled…for Torah

July 29, 2014, by

Reposted from The Jerusalem Post online. The major hassidic groups in Israel will not run the usual summer vacation programs for students from the Fast of the Ninth of Av to the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul because of the current military campaign several hassidic spokesmen said on Tuesday. The large Gur, Belz,

The Difference Between Emunah and Bitachon

July 24, 2014, by

Reprinted with permission from TheShmuz.com. The Rambam defines emunah as the knowledge that Hashem created and continues to run all of Creation. In Shemoneh Perakima, he delineates the first of the Thirteen Principles of Faith: “The Creator, blessed be He, created and orchestrates all activities, and He alone did, does and will do all actions.”

Pledge to End the “R” Word

July 24, 2014, by

Three teen leaders recently turned a summer Sunday in Toronto into an opportunity for public advocacy, raising awareness on the importance of changing our language—specifically the slurred use of the word retarded. “Unfortunately, people still use the word frequently,” Hannah Tessel, 18, of Riverdale, informed. Hannah, an active member of the Yachad Youth Leadership Council

The Family I Never Knew: My Jewish Genealogy Journey

July 24, 2014, by

My mother, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, a Death March, the sole survivor of her immediate family, returned her precious neshama to Hashem on the morning of the 12th of Tammuz. Just shy of two weeks ago, in mortal time. Standing by her bedside, my husband and I shouted “Shema,” “Boruch Shem Kovod” three times,

Max Steinberg ז”ל: A Hero Who Rekindled the Zionist Spirit

July 23, 2014, by

Jerusalem, July 23: An estimated 30,000 Israelis from all over the country paid their respects to Max Steinberg ז”ל who was buried in Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl military cemetery today. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19. He was proud to be a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade.

Ask Aviva: Cruisin’ to Work

July 23, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am so lonely and down. Most of my friends are using this summer for leisure. They are traveling or staying in a vacation home, or taking a cruise (or two!) or taking cool road trips. I am not at all in their league and can’t afford any of that stuff. I am

Rabbi Weinreb: A Spiritual Response in a Time of Crisis: Part III

July 18, 2014, by

This past week, OU Executive Vice President emeritus Rabbi Dr, Tzvi Hersh Weinreb addressed the Jewish community of Miami Beach in the third of a series of speeches given in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli yeshiva students. This latest speech comes after Rabbi Weinreb returned from Israel where he paid

Singles and Sanity: The How We Treat Shidduchim Crisis

July 17, 2014, by

Rebecca Rosen is carefully perusing the cereal shelves in her local supermarket. Bran flakes versus life cereal? These little routines help her take her mind off the difficult period her and her husband are going through. They have been trying to have kids for three years, and unfortunately God has not yet blessed them with

Wedding Games

July 17, 2014, by

Tis’ the season to get married… Yep, it’s wedding season, so in the spirit of holy matrimony, here’s a catalog of predictable personalities and the games they often play at the social circus that is a Jewish wedding… THE OVERPROTECTIVE BEST MAN Technically speaking, he’s not a Secret Service agent, but weddings bring out a