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Need a boost? You’ve come to the right place. Stories and essays that center around the depth and beauty of life.

Diary of a Professional Mother

August 10, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action “Hashem made the trees, right?” asked my wide-eyed, not-yet three- year-old. “Yes,” I said. “And the sky and all of the animals?” “Yes, everything.” “Mommy, did Hashem make Mommy and Abba?” he persisted. “Yes, He did.” “So Mommy, who made Hashem?” A few months later, while walking on the

My Son, the Tank Driver

August 4, 2005, by

From the Pages of Jewish Action You wrote that Meir will soon be stationed in Aza. We could not find Aza on the map. We wonder if Aza is in Gaza. Is it? We hope  not. Such e-mails from my in-laws in the United States were common last year, when my son Meir served as a tank driver in the Israeli

Confessions of a Hollywood Marrano

July 29, 2005, by

From the pages of Jewish Action – Spring 2002 “I hear you have some special diet,” he said.Several years ago, I arrived on location for a film shoot in North Carolina. As I settled into my office, there was a knock at the door and I looked up to see a long-haired, tattooed, tough-looking young man who introduced himself

Part Psychologist, Part Activist – All Heart

July 8, 2005, by

One could call Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of the OU’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a visionary; a man with a clear eye on the future. But as soon as he sees what could be, he gets right to the task and transforms his vision into reality – and the future quickly becomes a

Keeping Holy 9 to 5: The Spiritual Challenges of the Workplace

Maintaining Values on the Job – No Matter What Wholly apart from the serious halachic (commanded) infractions not dealt with here, the work environment can adversely affect one’s values and attitudes. Some individuals relegate their work life to insignificance, where their attitude is “What I do from 9 to 5 is nothing. I live for Shabbat…for my shiur.” While

Look Carefully: Lives at Work; And Working Wonders

June 24, 2005, by

Every day billions of people wake up, stumble to the bathroom, try to make out the face in the mirror, force a smile, and start another day. Once they reach their workplaces – the person becomes an employee. But, no matter the title, employees are human. Consequently, workplaces function as vibrant mini-communities. During an eight-hour

How Did a Reform Rabbi Become an Orthodox Jew?

June 17, 2005, by

My journey from Reform to Orthodox Judaism has taken many unusual turns. Perhaps the most unusual is that, despite living in Jerusalem and Brooklyn, it was not until I arrived in Peoria, Illinois, that I became a baal teshuvah. How did a Reform rabbi become an Orthodox Jew? I need to begin by explaining how

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plant (Part 1)

May 20, 2005, by

It’s early Monday morning in Any Town USA, UK, or ZA*. The birds sound their sweet welcome to the sun, school children hide under their covers, and an OU Rabbinic Field Representative (a.k.a. RFR’s) makes an unannounced visit at a food manufacturing plant. During the course of a year, 400 RFR’s travel across the roads

Re’eh: Shofar in Elul

January 18, 2005, by

There is an ancient custom to blow the shofar in Elul. The source is in the Midrash: “On Rosh Chodesh [Elul] the Holy One, blessed be He, said to Moshe: Ascend the mount unto Me. And they sounded the shofar in all the camp, that Moshe ascended the mount, so that they shouldn’t further err