Life

Other Ways to Say No

July 30, 2015, by

It is the summer time and many parents are dealing with cranky and tired kids. In a previous article we spoke about how to prevent temper tantrums. We discussed how tantrums are a normal part of growing up and how sticking to a schedule can help. We also spoke about trying to figure out and

Lou Lenart Always Played Hard to Get

July 30, 2015, by

The first time I called Lou Lenart, who died Monday at the age of 94, he said he wanted nothing to do with me. It was 2009. I was in Los Angeles directing a 10-day shoot for A WING AND A PRAYER, a PBS documentary that tells the story of World War II aviators who

Ask Aviva: East Vs. West

July 29, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am concerned about my son. He was set up with a very nice girl from LA at the end of his spring college semester. They went on a few dates and really hit it off, but she flew back home for the summer before things got serious. They have been in touch

Modest Swimwear Makes a Splash

July 29, 2015, by

Continued good news for the modest-dress conscious, tzniut is creating waves. The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing trend in bathing suits for women is the rise of more modest swimwear. The article, written by Lucette Lagnado (who Jewish readers may remember as the author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit”), is

Remembering Anne Samson a’h

July 29, 2015, by

At the Orthodox Union, we speak a lot about The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ). We speak a lot about it for some very good reasons: the trip is NCSY’s flagship summer program for Jewish public school teens. TJJ  takes teens on an inspiring tour throughout the land of Israel as many experience their Jewish

To Stop Iran, Lobby and Prayer

July 27, 2015, by

Help stop the Iran Deal – email your members of Congress today Despite suffering the catastrophic calamities and tragedies of the last two thousands years, we nevertheless remain an eternally optimistic people always wanting to believe that somehow regardless of the most recent enemy declaring his intent of wiping our people and our homeland off

‘Worst Day Ever’ Inspires

July 27, 2015, by

Perhaps by now you’ve come across the poem “Worst Day Ever?” The poem has been making waves across social media as an anonymous post until the author’s identity was revealed last week: 16-year-old Chanie Gorkin, a student at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights. Beyond the scope of Jewish publications, the

Creating Ahavat Chinam with Your Spouse

July 23, 2015, by

It’s that time of year—the Nine Days—where we talk about ahavat chinam, loving others without judgment. If we really want to understand ahavat chinam, we need to know that we can practice ahavat chinam not only with our friends and acquaintances, but with our very own family and even our spouses. I had an experience

Can You Help?

July 23, 2015, by

There is no disease in the world for which Hashem had not already created the cure. The task is for us to find it! To everything there is a time and a season. So Koehlet teaches, so our lives make clear. Study and prayer are among the great pleasures and joys of my life. But just as

Tisha B’Av & Ta-Nehisi Coates

July 22, 2015, by

The key theme of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ searing best-seller “Between The World And Me” is the deep pessimism he feels about race relations in America. In terms of the Jewish calendar, his book could not have been better timed. As Tisha B’Av, commemorating the twofold destruction of Jerusalem and the atrocities committed against the Jewish people throughout history, is observed