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Your Private Information Has Been Hacked

September 5, 2014, by

A terribly disturbing scandal occurred this week that generated varying reactions. A number of celebrities who saved highly personal pictures in a storage cloud were hacked and their revealing pictures were leaked online. When the FBI catches those responsible, they could face hundreds of years in prison for the crimes they committed and the damage

Jewish Unity in Hitler’s Shadow

September 4, 2014, by

A picture is worth a thousand words. Though not as well-known as other Nazi centers of death, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg held political prisoners from 1936 until the end of the Third Reich in May 1945. We visited the camp on the third day of our recent OU NCSY Alumni/Germany Close Up trip,

Why Do People Leave Orthodox Judaism? Why Do People Stay?

September 4, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on finkorswim.com. The most common question I was asked after The Summit last spring was if I learned anything particularly insightful into the Orthodox Jewish experience to explain why some people stay in Orthodox Judaism and why others leave. People really want to know the answer to this question. I think

Slice of Life: Layered Salads

September 4, 2014, by

  Summer is over. Ok, not truly officially over but rather in a school has started, pools are closed and High Holiday items are showing up in grocery aisles kind of over. However, the temperature still hasn’t gotten the memo about dropping to a tolerablelevel and I’m still in wanting toeat cool meals without heating

Ask Aviva: Tamed Tween

September 3, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am 12 years old, the oldest kid in my family, and my parents are really strict and overprotective. They do not let me do anything my friends are doing. It’s so annoying because they never let me do what my friends do and they’ve always said that when I am older I

Hundreds Come Out for Torah Dedication for Anne Samson a”h

August 28, 2014, by

Hundreds filled the streets of Los Angeles on August 24 for a double Torah dedication by Lee Samson and his family in memory of his late wife Anne a”h. The dedication coincided with Anne’s first yahrtzeit. Longtime pillars of the Orthodox community, Lee became the first director of West Coast NCSY in 1971 and helped

Seeing Germany, Close Up

August 28, 2014, by

My colleague, Rivki Rosenblatt (OU Press) and I recently returned from staffing OU Alumni’s ten-day trip to Germany through an organization called Germany Close Up (GCU). GCU was founded by Dr. Dagmar Pruin. Dr. Pruin is not Jewish – in fact, she is an ordained minister in her church – but she studied Jewish studies

Ask Aviva: Dater with Disabilities

August 28, 2014, by

Hi Aviva, I am a 24 year-old girl on the shidduch scene. I’ve got all the great qualities, bli ayin hara (smart, pretty, funny, Torah-valued) except for the unfortunate fact that I have a very visible physical disability [specific disability not mentioned to protect the anonymity of the writer]. It isn’t something that will prevent

Coming Full Circle From NCSY to JLIC

August 28, 2014, by

Before serving as Torah educators, role models and community organizers on college campuses across the United States as staff of the OU’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, three couples got their start at NCSY. Either as teen participants, advisers, or staff, these couples met through the international youth arm of the Orthodox