Ask Aviva: Can’t Stand the Heat

November 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a wife and mother who dreads Shabbat. It’s shameful for me to say that, but here’s why: I hate to cook. I hate cooking and preparing and serving. I hate the mess, the clean-up, the putting dishes away, only to do it all over again the next day. And of course

Ask Aviva: Man Up!

October 22, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, Why does my husband turn into a big baby whenever he catches a cold? He totally shuts down and it annoys me to no end. It also bothers me because if I’m sick I don’t get the luxury of resting in bed and being taken care of. It’s not fair! —Woman Who Mans

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids Back into School Routines

August 27, 2015, by

As we move into the new school year, it can get a bit tricky getting back into a routine with our children. Here are some ideas on how to help our kids transition smoothly while helping us maintain an even keel: Instead of “ Get out of bed right now!” Give children choices: “Do you

The President and His Rabbi: New Book Shines Light On Friendship Between President Bill Clinton and OU Kosher CEO Rabbi Menachem Genack

December 2, 2013, by

When his Republican opponents accused President Bill Clinton of flip-flopping between political positions he found solace in an unlikely place. It was a dvar Torah sent to him by Rabbi Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Kosher Division and the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Englewood, NJ. In the note, Rabbi Genack laid

Teach Your Children to Give by Example

November 13, 2013, by

Chanukah is right around the corner and who doesn’t love Chanukah? Everyone enjoys the candles glowing in the window, playing dreidel, eating latkes and sufganiyot and lots of family parties. But many parents might dread Chanukah because of the pressure to buy their kids gifts. Oftentimes, parents feel their kids have too much and become

Parshas Emor: Why Do We Count?

April 24, 2013, by

Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s ‘Unlocking The Torah Text: An In-Depth Journey Into The Weekly Parsha- Vayikra’ Click here to buy the book Context In the midst of the Torah’s discussion concerning the festival cycle, immediately after the commandment concerning the Omer offering (a barley offering in the Temple which marks the beginning of the harvest

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