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Birchat Hashachar- Continued

April 26, 2013, by

The next two blessings, #7 & 8 of Birkat Hashachar acknowledge G-d, Hashem as the Matir Assurim – ‘who releases the constrained’ and Zokayf Kefufim – ‘who straightens up the bent’. After thanking Hashem for opening our eyes and providing clothing, we now focus on our actual awakening from sleep and our actively arising from bed and stepping into our day.

Birchot Hashachar III

April 16, 2013, by

In his classic work, Chovos Halevovos, Rabbi  Bahya ibn Paquda of Saragossa, Spain, describes the human phenomenon whereby people do not appreciate how good their lives really are. He explains the matter with the following metaphor: “If a baby is rescued from a wild jungle and nurtured, raised, protected and educated in a traditional home, the child will eventually expect the good […]

Jewish Medical Ethics Conference

March 21, 2013, by

For MP3 recordings from our 4th International Jewish Medical Ethics Conference, please click here. Here’s what people have said about our previous Jewish Medical Ethics conferences: “Yasher Koach for a marvelous weekend at Lake Placid. There wasn’t a person who I spoke to who didn’t rave about every aspect of the programming.” “It was the […]

Prayer for the Soldiers

March 21, 2013, by

Misheberach l’Chayalai Tzahal Our need to identify with Tzahal and to pray for its success should be part of our daily prayers: for children in school, people in shul, and on erev Shabbat when we light the candles. We can all unite behind Tzahal. Hopefully, hundreds of thousands of voices raised in prayer will have […]

Sharing Our Secret: The Great Community of Cherry Hill, NJ

March 21, 2013, by

By Alise R. Panitch, Esq. It was about two years ago that the residents of Cherry Hill, NJ were told that we were eligible to participate in the OU Emerging Communities Fair.  This was fantastic news to us.  After all, we love the fact that Cherry Hill is the kind of warm, friendly community where everybody […]

‘Go South Young Family,’ Our Move to Jacksonville, FL

March 21, 2013, by

By Yonit de Metz Deciding to leave everyone and everything you know for the unknown requires a compelling reason. On the outside our life was ideal: my husband Asher and I had great friends, access to several synagogues, an abundance of kosher services, and once a month we’d head to Lakewood, NJ or Manhattan to […]

OU Jewish Community Fair 2013: Dry Cleaner 101

March 21, 2013, by

OU Jewish Communities Fair, now in its fourth year offers information and resources to families and individuals wishing to improve their quality of life by relocating to affordable Jewish Communities that offer professional opportunities. This year’s event, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, (110 W. 19th Street, New York, NY) promises to […]

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