According to tradition, on the day of Yom Kippur the Kohen Gadol transfers the sins of the Jewish people on to a goat that was then sent off into the wilderness (or off a mountain, depending on your interpretation). Since the Temple was destroyed, prayers and fasting take the place of the goat for atonement.
Thousands of teens across the United States and Canada have learned under his guidance to take pride in their Jewish heritage, but now Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, longtime director of NJ NCSY and international director of education for NCSY, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union, is taking on a new role. February 1 marked
In the most recent issue of Jewish Action magazine, Robert J. Avrech penned an article about what it’s like to be a successful Shomer Shabbos screenwriter in the bowels of Hollywood. He spoke about his article — and his new e-book describing his love affair with his wife, whom he met as a fourth grader in
In the Stamford Hilton’s ballroom — now transformed into a rather crowded shul — NCSY advisor Ayelet Roller led a discussion about the story of the Tower of Babel. Why, she asked, did Hashem, in the words of the parsha, “come down” to the people building the tower? The seven teens who surrounded her tossed
When his Republican opponents accused President Bill Clinton of flip-flopping between political positions he found solace in an unlikely place. It was a dvar Torah sent to him by Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division and the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Englewood, NJ. In the note, Rabbi Genack laid
SAR High School senior Ethan Metzger achieved viral fame when a video of him reciting his poem, “My Parents Brainwashed Me,” at Bronx Youth Poetry Slam, was published online. Here’s his story.
Eli Lansey is planning on deep-frying brussel sprouts, stuffing his turkey with latkes and baking cranberry sufganiyot. Yes, Thanksgivukkah, the once-in-a-great-while confluence of the first day of Chanukah and Thanksgiving, is upon us. Lansey, a physicist and graduate of Yeshiva University, was the first to point out the rare meeting of the two holidays way back
Ever fall asleep on a subway train? The user who snapped the photograph explained. “Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young black guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he
The unique and inspirational journey of Wisconsin native and Israeli music star, Ilan Eckhardt.
Thanks to several new government programs, you could see your monthly student loan payments shrink to close to zero.