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Delicious Lasagna Recipes for Shavuot!

May 9, 2018, by

Shavuot is one of those culinary centric holidays where everyone is trying to outdo everyone else with crazy over the top dairy recipes and anyone who is lactose intolerant gives a heavy sigh and reaches for Lactaid. I find that a pasta or fish entrée is usually the best way to whet the appetite for

Pesach is Creating Memories I Never Had

March 27, 2018, by

Pesach is one of the few Jewish holidays that baalei teshuva (BTs) and frum from births (FFBs) can both reminisce about. Sure, a BT’s memories may be more about Manischewitz wine, background TV in the other room, and driving home after seder, while a FFB’s memories are more about matzah measuring charts, ziploc bags of

Bringing Tam to Our Table

March 27, 2018, by

I met a man a few years ago who had once been a well known student of a famed Torah scholar. I was shocked when I discovered that although he could quote much of the Torah he had once learned, he was no longer entirely observant. While the intellectual rigor of Torah still excited his

Power Saws and Pesach Preparations

March 23, 2018, by

With Pesach (Passover) just around the corner, there is much that needs to be done to prepare for the yom tov (holiday). Today (Thursday, 3/22/18) was a beautiful sunny day, and as I used a power saw to cut up two wooden shipping pallets, I smiled to myself as I considered the Jewish significance of

Give Proportionally to What You Spend on Your Pesach

March 6, 2018, by

Help those in need by giving to the OU’s Maot Chitim 5778 campaign – donate now   Since the very creation of the luxury Pesach program, rabbis have been railing against them for their excessiveness, extravagance, and the forfeiting of many of the traditions involved in preparing and experiencing Pesach. Ironically, many of those same

Superheroes Deliver Purim Treats at Tel Aviv Children’s Hospital

February 28, 2018, by

Purim is here, and nobody’s getting left behind. The residents of Ichilov Hospital’s children’s ward (in Tel Aviv) were surprised when volunteers dressed as Superman, Batman and Spiderman began scaling the walls of the building using cables attached to the roof, in an effort to reach its inhabitants, on a mission to deliver them mishloach manot,

Purim: Looking Beyond the Surface

February 28, 2018, by

Rav Shlomo Wolbe, in his Sefer Alei Shur, teaches a fascinating idea about the nature of the miracle of Purim. He explains that unlike other miracles, which required an “open revelation” of sorts, the miracle of Purim occurred completely within the laws of nature and was characterized by the trait of tzniut as it was

CUI: Commitment Under the Influence

February 22, 2018, by

My father is always ready with a humorous marriage joke. One that generates noticeable laughter is when he quips, “I’ve been married for forty years but it feels like two days…(pause for an “aww” from the audience)…Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av!” Although it is satirical to equate marriage with a 25 hour self-afflicting fast, unfortunately

Take the Purim Pledge

February 7, 2018, 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.