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Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

February 19, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on TorahMusings.com Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic with choosing a name simply because you like it

Take the Purim Pledge

February 19, 2015, by

The month of Adar is a period of celebration on the Jewish calendar, culminating in the celebration of Purim. The consumption of alcohol on Purim is just one of the many ways we celebrate the great miracle that took place in the time of Queen Esther – the story we read about in the megillah.

When Universal Pre-K is Not Universal

February 12, 2015, by

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.” That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor’s pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York

No Jew Left Behind

February 9, 2015, by

Urge Mayor de Blasio to make NYC’s universal pre-K program truly universal – email him now. In his State of the City last week, Mayor de Blasio bragged of having provided seats for 50,000 kids in his “universal pre-k” program. Well, not quite “universal”: It bars nine out of 10 kids at Jewish day schools.

Recipes from Secret Restaurant Recipes

February 5, 2015, by

The recipes below are just some of the incredible delights you’ll discover on the pages of Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek’s Secret Restaurant Recipes, published by Artscroll. Enter to win a copy of the book SMOKED SHORT RIB TACOS Yield 24 mini tacos meat Reserve Cut is kosher’s most pampered experience. Located in Downtown Manhattan,

The OU’s Secret Restaurant Recipe Giveaway

February 4, 2015, by

Get your taste buds ready and enter to win a copy of the incredibly popular Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. View recipes from the book Three lucky winners will receive a copy of the book. Contest ends 2/28/15 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Enter

Still Single? Maybe Your Local Government can Help

February 2, 2015, by

The local council of Beit El has come up with an original way to deal with the bachelorhood issue in the community: The council has begun employing matchmakers to help single women start a family in Israel. The initiative was launched following the rise in the number of unmarried women aged 23 to 30. The

Tu B’Shevat Recipes

January 29, 2015, by

Eretz cheetah, u’seorah, gefen, u’te’enah, rimon v’eretz zeit shemen u’devash min hatemarim. Eretz Yisrael is a land of seven species: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and sweet dates. Here are some recipes to make your Chag La’Illanot a festive one. Chava Dumas’ Favorite Tu B’shevat Recipes: Olive Salad 4 cups of olives, the

Lessons from a Father of a Special Needs Child

January 29, 2015, by

R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally recorded before a live audience. The short length (under 18 minutes) and entertaining quality of these