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Matzah, Matzah… Prunes anyone?

August 27, 2015, by

Passover 1975. It seemed like a good idea. I’d introduce the subject of prayer to my religious school class at my local synagogue (Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, CA) by asking my eager, precocious teenagers to write a telegram to G-d. I expected thank you’s and gimme’s. Imagine my reaction to this: “Dear G-d stop

Something to Wrap Your Head Around

June 4, 2015, by

It’s an educational forum. It’s a skills-building website. It’s a communal sanctuary to discuss the deeper, the spiritual, the real. It’s a sisterhood connector. It’s a morale builder. It gives options to the clueless, and inspires the doubtful. It’s a trend that’s not a trend. It’s a revolution that’s been developing for the past few

New Tunes from Jewish Music Groups Provide Your Passover Soundtrack

April 1, 2015, by

Add a dash of fun to the final days and hours of Passover prep with these newly released videos from Jewish music groups. Enjoy a heavy dose of Bruno Mars parody along with a melodious take on a Passover seder classic: Passover Funk (from Aish.com) Six13’s Uptown Passover The Maccabeats’ Dayenu

No Other Way to Spin This Story

December 23, 2014, by

A CBS News report on Chanukah found the OU’s Rabbi Eliyahu Safran front and center – along with his massive collection of dreidels:

Chanukah Videos Light up YouTube

December 16, 2014, by

The Maccabeats perform “All About that Neis” a parody of the similar-sounding Meghan Trainor song: Jewish a capella group Six13 struck Internet gold this week with their new Chanukah video/song – a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” With media coverage in multiple outlets—from the Kansas City Star and 1010WINS to WCBS TV and

The Future Role of Women in Orthodox Jewish Life

December 11, 2014, by

Listen to the full interview In a new Savitsky Talks series, Stephen Savitsky talks to his interviewees about the future of the role of women in Orthodox Jewish life. This week, Stephen spoke with Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of Nishmat, the Center For Advanced Torah Study For Women. Rabbanit Henkin spoke about the state of

Mensch on a Bench Goes Mainstream

December 10, 2014, by

Three years ago while strolling through a department store during the holiday season, Neal Hoffman’s four-year-old son spied the popular Christmas toy, Elf on a Shelf. Afflicted with Christmas envy, his son begged for one. Hoffman shook his head and explained that Jews don’t have an Elf on a Shelf. “We have,” he quipped, thinking

Should We Still Be Watching The Cosby Show?

November 26, 2014, by

Bill Cosby is in serious trouble. Rape allegations have dogged him for years and they’ve finally caught up with him. The last few times such allegations popped up, they quickly went away. This is in part because Cosby is so loved. People couldn’t bear the thought of toppling America’s foremost father figure from his hard-won

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