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A Rosh HaShanah Unlike All Others: Tales from a Ba’al Tokeah

September 24, 2020, by

With Aseret Yemei Teshuvah approaching last week, my thoughts, in a way, turned to Pesach – how would this Rosh HaShanah be different from all other Rosh HaShanahs? For whom would I blow the shofar on the Jewish New Year this year? For most of the last two decades, since I left Passaic and moved

A 2020 Vision for Communal Teshuva

September 23, 2020, by

The High Holiday season is a time for teshuva and reflection, to consider where we are and where we ought to be. And while we may be accustomed to understanding the teshuva process as an individual experience, there certainly is room for us to engage in teshuva as a community, particularly this year. But do

Hits $19 Billion Market With Rabbis Stuck at Home

September 17, 2020, by

In an ordinary year, Rabbi David Moskowitz would have spent the weeks before Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that celebrates the start of the Jewish New Year, working in China. For more than a decade, the native of New York’s Rockland County has run Shatz Kosher Services, which verifies that ingredients made in Chinese factories don’t

COVID-19 Update for the Yomim Noraim

September 16, 2020, by

As we approach the Yom Hadin, I am being asked many questions regarding the Yomim Noraim and Succos so I have drafted some general guidelines for Rabbanim and lay leaders to utilize as they see fit. General Guidelines for the Yomim Noraim There are continued increases in cases in the Far Rockaway and 5 Towns

Allen Fagin Tribute Slideshow

September 3, 2020, by

Enjoy this slideshow tribute to outgoing Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin, who led the organization for the past six years:

Yom Kippur and Spain’s Hidden Jews

September 3, 2020, by

The high holidays are upon us. A package deal – Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and the days of repentance in between. Across the globe and across time, these days have been commemorated with great reverence by all traditional Jews who were able to observe them. As anti-Semitism grows internationally, outward celebration may diminish. This is

The Intentionality of Happiness

September 2, 2020, by

The smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes is around the corner, which means that it’s time for schools to begin. Administrators and educators are working diligently to reopen schools up around the country in a time when every day is more confusing than the last. At NCSY Camp Maor, we took cues from the way schools

A Simple Phone Call Will Do

September 2, 2020, by

I’m not ashamed of the fact that I love talking to my parents every night There is an image of the Jewish mother, calling from her Florida apartment and leaving yet another message on her child’s phone. In a voice oozing of guilt, she says, “You never call. You never write…” Oye! While it is

NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society Presents Its 2020 Candidate Members

August 27, 2020, by

The Ben Zakkai Honor Society raises critical funds to provide direct scholarships for NCSYers to continue their Jewish education after high school, or to participate in various NCSY programs, For 55 years Ben Zakkai membership has selected five new Alumni Inductees as well as up to twenty “candidate members” from among several thousand graduating NCSY