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Rebbeim; All of You

June 23, 2014, by

The following is based on a speech I delivered to the middle-school students of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, where I serve as Dean, at a general studies award ceremony. On the occasion of this general studies awards ceremony, I would like to share some thoughts with you about why it is so important that

The Game is Bigger than the Team

This article originally appeared on So the battle for the World Cup has finally begun. You could hardly miss it. Already in anticipation the logo on my computer search engine has been jumping up and down in excitement. And there’ll be many cheers and groans ahead. Truth is, that I’ve been reluctant to talk

Photos: Jewish Unity in Living Color

June 19, 2014, by

Jewish people all over the world are uniting in prayer. At shuls, community centers, holy sites, schools, and parks, our brothers and sisters raise their unified voice in prayer. It’s no small thing to take time from one’s day and engage in a meaningful spiritual encounter on behalf of our dear brothers. Their predicament breaks

Why We Fight

June 18, 2014, by

The Jewish community seems constantly engaged in battle. Aside from the normal friction that is part of any group dynamic, we also experience prolonged and bitter ideological conflicts. The Left insults the Right, and vice versa. Some Orthodox groups denounce the Reform movement, and vice versa. One group rejects another kosher supervision and that group

Remembering Loved Ones with Some Help from NCSY

June 18, 2014, by

On the Sunday between Mother’s and Father’s Day, Holocaust survivors and their family members recalled memories of their loved ones with the help of teens from NCSY’s Jacksonville chapter (JAX). NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. As part of the “Tribute to Mothers and Fathers” program — organized by Naomi Mirensky,

Don’t Just Hashtag, Join a Rally

June 18, 2014, by

On Monday afternoon, hundreds of Jews from the New York and New Jersey area took to the streets to pray for the release of Gil-Ad Sha’ar (16), Eyal Yifrach (19), and Naftali Frankel (16), the Yeshiva students who were abducted by terrorists late Thursday night from a hitchhiking point in Gush Etzion. These Tri-State residents

Ask Aviva: Seasonally Scared

June 18, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, School ends this week and camp doesn’t start up for nearly two weeks! I am going to be with all four of my kids, who are all different ages and personalities and I am starting to get really scared. I had saved up over the past few months to take them to different

Ask Aviva: Click ‘N Pay

June 11, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am finally starting to realize that I have a big problem. I seem to be a compulsive spender. I used to stop by a store on my way home from work just to pick up a little something. After a while, I noticed that my financial situation was becoming grave. I, to

Ask Aviva: Flustered Femme

June 3, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, Even though I mind my business, there is a married man in my neighborhood who makes inappropriate comments to me. The first time this happened I immediately told my husband because I don’t want to keep any secrets, even if there is nothing actually going on. He laughed and said, “Oh, that’s just

Shavuot Puts the Meaning Into Mitzvah

June 2, 2014, by

This article originally appeared at The latest stir in America’s modern Orthodox community has come from an article by Jay Lefkowitz in Commentary, called “The Rise of Social Orthodoxy.” Lefkowitz considers himself to be social Orthodox, which means that he largely observes halachah, but not because he (necessarily) believes that God commanded him. For