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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.

Presence for Chanuka

December 14, 2017, by

It’s the conversation piece in every classroom: “So, what did you get for Chanuka?” Some families give large gifts, some give small ones, some give one gift for each night of Chanuka, some give one for the Chag. Whatever the case, it seems like it has become the custom for many families to give gifts

“Why I Like Tisha B’Av”

July 26, 2017, by

Tisha B’Av is not everyone’s favorite day, but it is one of mine- not because it is enjoyable, but because of what it represents. I like Tisha B’Av because of what it says to me about Jews- that we are a people that remembers and knows its past leads to a future. There are so

Jerusalem’s Paratrooper Heroes, Up Close and Personal

May 22, 2017, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim On May 16 and 17, 2017, Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads conducted interviews with two heroic paratroopers involved in liberating the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim. These modest and gentle men, now in their 70s, share their valuable insights. Translated from the original Hebrew by Shlomo Horwitz. Remarks from Moshe

Open Your Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

Let’s learn Torah together in honor of this momentous Yom Yerushalayim. Join over 300 synagogues, schools and organizations nationwide participating in the OU’s Yom Yerushalayim Video Learning Event — check out the full program at ou.org/yy For those of us old enough, it is difficult to fathom that fifty years have passed since the crackling sound of

If I Forget You, Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

I am jealous of my son. He is going on a field trip to the Old City of Yerushalayim tomorrow. As much as I would love to go with him, I was surprised to learn that not all of the mothers of his classmates feel the same way. About a year ago, when all of

Ultimate Yom Haatzmaut Recipes

May 1, 2017, by

It’s Yom Haatzmaut time, which means two things; loving Israel and making a BBQ! This is the ultimate BBQ/Picnic menu – It is everything BUT the BBQ! These are the ultimate side dishes that will turn your BBQ from generic to AMAZING! Follow these easy steps and combine these side dishes with simple grilled steaks

The Secret Heroines of Egypt

April 5, 2017, by

Reposted from Yeshiva.co. One of the well-known statements of Midrash about the Exodus of Israel from Egyptian bondage is that the Jewish people, our ancestors, were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of the righteous Jewish women of the time. We tend to judge Jewish righteousness purely in terms of tradition, ritual and observance and

The Modern-Day Maccabbees: Relive Entebbe 1976

December 22, 2016, by

2016 represents the 40th anniversary of the Israel Defense Force’s miraculous rescue of over 100 hostages whose Paris bound Air France Airbus was hijacked by cruel terrorists. After their heroic return, Menachem Begin referred to the Israeli commandos who risked their lives flying thousands of miles from home as “Dor Makabim Bi’yameinu” modern day Maccabees.

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