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Life

Rebel With a Cause

August 2, 2011, by

I’m going back to the 70s and a wicked winter in St. Paul, Minnesota. Winters in St. Paul can be brutal, especially if you’re a teen from another saint-city that’s over 500 miles further south. The trek from St. Louis to St. Paul meant a Greyhound bus all-nighter for the thirty of us who wanted

“Backpacking”: A Potential Solution to the Tuition Crisis

July 13, 2011, by

The Blaine Amendment, which is currently written into 40 state constitutions might be show stoppers in getting government funds for private schools. With that in mind, I refer our readers to Howie Beigelman’s recent op-ed in the Indy Star, reprinted below. Mr. Beigelman serves as the Orthodox Union’s Deputy Director for public policy. The Blaine

Is “Half Shabbos” a New Way of Life?

July 6, 2011, by

This article first appeared in The Jewish Week (June 22, 2011) and has been reprinted with permission. Steve Lipman is a staff writer for The Jewish Week. At a recent campgrounds Shabbaton sponsored by a local Modern Orthodox high school, the teenage participants broke into small groups after the meals, as is usual, to talk

YOUTHCON 2011: Open to ALL Jewish Educators

July 6, 2011, by

  YouthCon was created to strengthen informal/experiential educators who are impacting thousands of Jewish youth every year. On Sunday, August 21, 2011, hundreds of informal educators from all over the world will gather in Stamford, Connecticut to share their skills, ideas, and experiences. This convention will enable youth professionals, synagogue youth directors, camp educators, student

First Annual Informal Jewish Educators Convention

June 21, 2011, by

YouthCon was created to strengthen informal educators who are impacting thousands of Jewish youth every year. On Sunday, August 21, 2011, hundreds of informal educators from all over the world will gather in Stamford, Connecticut to share their skills, ideas, and experiences. This convention will enable youth professionals, synagogue youth directors, camp educators, student activity

What About the Boys?

May 18, 2011, by

A recent article of mine (“The Real Power of Dress“) discussed the illusory power of girls’ clothing and the real strength we can teach our daughters. Commentary was generally favorable but one reader’s question really caught my eye. “What about the boys?” she asked. This is an incredibly valid question and it cuts to the

A Way of Life: Keeping Kosher

May 18, 2011, by

The lady handing out samples at Costco knows it by the way my mom inspects the package. “It is kosher,” she says, as she indicates the OU on the front of the box. The flight attendant knows it, when she asks us if we ordered special meals on our flight to California. He bends down

The Hug That Changed a Rabbi

My life was to change more than I realized on the night of my wedding. The prevalent custom was that the groom delivered a learned Talmudic discourse either before or after the signing of the ketubah. Generally, the groom would be interrupted by the spirited singing of his friends. Even if the groom wished to