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Pee Wee Herman’s Father Fought for Israel

July 6, 2015, by

Know this guy? Well, here’s something you might not know. Pee Wee Herman’s father, Milton Rubenfeld, was a legendary air force pilot during World War 2. When Israel declared its independence in 1947 and was attacked by its Arab neighbors, he, along with five other Jewish American pilots, donned their fatigues and fought for the

Patents … There’s a Great Future in Patents.

July 6, 2015, by

If you try to keep the Jewish Sabbath, you might have heard of KosherSwitch, which is supposed to allow observant Jews to flick switches without violating Shabbat. KosherSwitch looks like the clever brainchild of Rube Goldberg and Erwin Schrödinger. When you flick it, you’re raising a tiny plastic gate inside, which had previously separated a

Lipa Schmeltzer Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

July 6, 2015, by

It is amazingly hard not to love Lipa Schmeltzer. The former Skverer chasid  has been banned, blacklisted and almost banished; but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves and producing some of the best Jewish music out there. Tablet Magazine’s Joe Winkler spent a day with the pop star, whom the Daily News

A Blessing on the #1 Train

July 2, 2015, by

I am taking the Broadway #1 train from Penn Station to Van Cortlandt Park in the late afternoon. Van Cortlandt Park is the last stop on the line. About three stops from the end, everyone in my car exits. I’m left alone. The door opens from another car. Enters a 30-something year old guy, big,

Tired of July 4 BBQ? Try These Healthy Recipes Instead!

July 2, 2015, by

Happy 4th! Fun American food usually means a burger and fries on the menu. Change it up a bit with fresh salmon and sweet potato/zucchini fries to boost your omega-3 intake and vitamin profile! See below for tantalizing recipes the whole family can enjoy! Starting with Dessert – Fruity 4th Popsicles Have a side..or two

Ask Aviva: Modest Mommy

July 2, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I live in a neighborhood that is slightly less observant than we are. I like diversity so I am happy where I live. But our daughter is now eight-years-old and while she used to want to copy Mommy and dress very modestly — now she is pushing to dress more like her friends

The Impossible Bar Mitzvah

July 2, 2015, by

Five years ago, I was in a store when an eight-year-old boy from our community saw me, came over, and said one word: “Rabbi.” I didn’t think anything of it until later that evening when the boy’s mother texted me to say that I had witnessed a miracle. I didn’t know what she was referring

Sir Nicholas Winton, British Schindler, Dies at 106

July 1, 2015, by

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler,” died today at 106. Winton, a stockbroker, ferried 669 Jewish children out of occupied Prague as “the one-man children’s section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia.” He organized eight trains and then found homes for all of the children in England. As the BBC notes, his death

The Stories You Should Tell Your Child This Summer

July 1, 2015, by

Two years ago, The New York Times featured an article written by Bruce Feiler that discussed the work of Marshall Duke, a psychologist at Emory University. Duke explored ritual and myth in American families and discovered something surprising: children who know a lot about their families and their histories tend to do better when they

Becoming a Member of the Miscarriage Club

July 1, 2015, by

“It’s over,” the doctor said. “We did all we could.” He didn’t even need to tell me – I felt my water break. I was totally helpless and devastated. This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen! I was five months pregnant and everything was supposed to be perfect. We had a crib! We had