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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

How is the OU Israel Emergency Fund Helping? Reports from the Field

July 15, 2014, by

Below are a collection of reports on how OU the Israel Emergency Fund is helping during this time of crisis: Wednesday, August 13 The OU solidarity mission returned to the U.S. in late July but the spirit of chesed remains. The mission as privileged to have numerous encounters with IDF soldiers who had just returned

Alabamian Phylacteries and Red Skies: Through Tragedy and Triumph

July 11, 2014, by

Thunder clapped around me, lightning flared above me, and rain fell upon me as I scurried to the A train this past Wednesday night through a New York City thunderstorm. The weather mirrored a mood that many of us have been steeped in lately. Dark days, in light of recent tragedy in Israel. Somber, and

Ask Aviva: Still Slim

July 10, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, Practically everyone in my life is pregnant except for me. I have been married for five years and have been trying to have a baby for four and a half. I have friends pregnant with their second and one just gave birth to her third! While I am happy for them, I feel

It’s a Beautiful Day to Be Under Attack

July 10, 2014, by

Dear Friends, It’s true, we are under attack here in Israel. As a matter of fact, I have an app on my phone that tells me every time there is a missile headed for Israel. In just the last hour and a half, the sirens have sounded in Ofakim in the south, in Ashdod, Ashkelon,

The Cheapest Tefillin in the World

July 9, 2014, by

Rabbi Yossi Malka always revered his father, Dovid, a popular caterer in Crown Heights who always made sure to give away any extra food his store made to the poor. Before Dovid passed away, he gave his tefillin to Yossi’s son, Abie. Yossi, a longtime Chabad shliach in Encino, CA, who also works as a