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Teshuva: Lessons of a broken ankle

September 27, 2016, by

It is Elul and I have fallen. Literally. They say no good deed goes unpunished, right? I have always hated that expression. It seems so unforgiving. And yet, this was a good deed. I was helping my friend Valerie prepare for her mother’s shloshim. Her mother died in a car accident in Nashville, Tennessee and

Yachad Israel: Pizza 4 Soldiers Blogpost:

September 27, 2016, by

“Pizza makes me think that anything is possible” ~ Henry Rollins Yachad Israel is bringing back Pizza 4 Soldiers! Yachad Israel finds it important to show support for Israel’s IDF soldiers. What better way to support than to make and send pizza! At our Pizza 4 Soldiers events, Yachad members, students in Yeshiva and Seminary,

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

September 20, 2016, by

“Rabbi, what is that on your wrist?” “It’s a Fitbit.” “Why do you wear it?” “It tracks how many steps I take each day, the quantity and quality of my sleep, and other important pieces of information.” “C’mon Rabbi, sounds like shtick to me.  Do you really need that?  What does it do for you? 

How our tax dollars fund Mideast terror

September 19, 2016, by

American and Israeli government officials signed an agreement Wednesday that locks in the largest-ever package of U.S. military aid — $38 billion over the next decade — to Israel. This includes funds for missile defense systems, including the noted Iron Dome, that will protect against rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.

Strengthening Jerusalem’s Women One Song at a Time

September 12, 2016, by

“COUNT THE STARS – The Journey of Avraham and Sara”, a spectacular biblical musical about the couple that changed humanity with their faith and loving kindness, is one of the most exciting projects at the OU Israel Center this season. Two evenings a week, dancers, singers and gymnasts rehearse on every floor and in the stairwells too, in preparation

Sprinting Through Life

September 12, 2016, by

The Almighty communicates with us in mysterious ways. We may be going about our daily routine when G-d unexpectedly sends us a message of great importance. Such was the case about two years ago, when I had a harrowing experience sprinting down the corridor of the Love International Airport, outside of Dallas, Texas. I did

The Rabbi and the Playboy Model

September 7, 2016, by

A sentence I never thought I’d have occasion to write: Thank you, Shmuley Boteach and Pamela Anderson, for opening the conversation on online pornography. You read that right. In case you missed it, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Pamela Anderson co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the dangers of internet porn. This is

Remembering Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis zt”l

August 25, 2016, by

Our pleasant stay in Israel was interrupted earlier this week by the news of the demise of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis zt”l. I use the abbreviation for “zecher tzadekes livracha” advisedly, because she was indeed a “tzadekes.” She founded Hineni and stood at the forefront of the outreach movement long before it became popular and long

Russian Jewish Publishing House Moving Forward With Russian Translation of Talmud

August 17, 2016, by

Russia’s Knizhniki Publishing House is moving forward with its ambitious plan to translate the Talmud (Oral Torah) — the ancient foundation of Jewish religious observance — into Russian. Comprising 63 tractates and 5,422 pages and translating one of Judaism’s most sacred and fundamental texts is no easy feat, especially given the Talmud’s complex structure, dense

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