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Preparing for Pesach Again—Thank God

April 21, 2016, by

As we head into the final stretches of Pesach preparation, we anticipate the tension increasing: so much to do, so little time to do it, and to squeeze it all into very set time frames – and then staying up quite late for two Sedarim in a row. It is real “crunch time” and a period that

Thanking Those Who Packed Our Parachutes, The Essence of Dayeinu

April 19, 2016, by

It is almost impossible to imagine the Seder night without the singing of dayeinu.  Young children to octogenarians can be found humming the addictive melody to dayeinu.  Interestingly, the Rambam does not have dayeinu in his Hagaddah and even Rav Saadia Gaon whose Hagaddah serves essentially as the basis for ours, only has dayeinu as

Recipes & Tips for Eating Low Carb on Passover

April 14, 2016, by

  If I were stuck on a dessert Island and I had to pick just one ingredient to take with me, it would probably be potatoes. Potatoes are delicious, full of carbs to keep me energized, and incredibly versatile. You can eat them mashed, fried, in gnocchi or kugel, as a crisp latke or creamy chremsel. Which

Jay Leno raises $50,000 for Israeli EMS service, Donates Ambulance

April 12, 2016, by

From the Jerusalem Post: Comedian Jay Leno raised 50,000 for and donated a $36,000 fully equipped ambulance to United Hatzalah at a sold-out special concert fundraiser for Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. The former Tonight Show host performed a long comedy set and called

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has 1m in PA-Linked Equity Fund

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy,

Some Things Are Better Left Alone

April 11, 2016, by

The Torah’s treatment of a house that is contaminated by Tzora’as is quite unusual. Aside from the remarkable and exceptional notion of a house being afflicted with Tzora’as, Halacha states that a house cannot be declared as contaminated by Tzora’as unless the Tzora’as spots are visible in the house’s interior by natural sunlight. A house

Watch: Kosher Certification: Behind the Scene with Reserve Cut’s Rabbi

April 4, 2016, by

How does one of the best steak houses in New York keep kosher? Billy Lyons of Zagat spent a day with OU Mashgiach Rabbi Hyam Maryles who supervises the kashruth of Reserve Cut in Downtown Manhattan. Each day, Rabbi Maryles arrives hours before the restaurant opens to ensure that Reserve Cut’s acclaimed dishes maintain the

Tackling the Challenges of Leaning In as an Orthodox Woman

March 31, 2016, by

Can Orthodox women lean in? Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz believes they can. The phrase “Lean In” was popularized by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book of the same name. “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream,” she wrote. For Sandberg, leaning is the call for women to

A Purim to Remember for NYU Students

March 31, 2016, by

Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading

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