Paying a Shiva Call to the Henkin Family

October 8, 2015, by

The following article is part of Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s Weekly Newsletter. Earlier this week, Chavi and I concluded a most enjoyable and inspiring Yom Tov season. It included the beautiful davening on Rosh Hashanah at Yeshurun Synagogue; Yom Kippur at the Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, during which I lead a joint OU/Gateways program for four

The Irreplaceable Lives We Lost

October 7, 2015, by

Commenting on the tragedy of the Holocaust, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, “It’s not just the number six million. We lost so many holy people.” These words kept circling in my mind the last few days… “Its not just the number—we lost so many holy people.” The media reported: “Four people murdered in two terrorist

Simchat Torah in the Henkin’s Hometown

October 7, 2015, by

How do you celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah in the wake of a horrific murder that left four children orphaned? Lee-at Salomon, a neighbor of the Henkin family, wrote this article for The Times of Israel, describing how their community managed to celebrate the holiday. It’s a testament to the strength of the Henkin

A Very Urban Sukkot

October 2, 2015, by

Sukkos – for many, it’s summer’s last hurrah. Being outdoors, hopefully in green, lush and warm (or not too cold) surroundings. A pleasant return to nature before autumn really kicks in. A great time to spend away from home, perhaps in a rural environment. (Imagine spending Sukkos at a sleepaway camp or a bungalow colony…)

Wach: A Summer on Yad B’Yad

October 1, 2015, by

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a summer on Yachad NJCD’s Yad B’Yad summer program? Each year dozens of teenagers from across the United States journey to Israel with their disabled peers to experience the wonders of Israel. Watch this video for a glimpse of how life-changing a summer on Yad B’Yad can be.

Thanking God for the Little Things on Sukkot

September 24, 2015, by

In our last article we discussed how difficult it can be for parents, especially mothers, to focus on the spiritual aspects of this time period. It is the holiest time of year on the Jewish calendar. However, parents are often working at a disadvantage because the holidays usually coincide with the end of summer camp

Bringing Stolen Torahs Back Home

September 20, 2015, by

We often mistranslate teshuva as repentance, but that is not exactly accurate. The Alter Rebbe, R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains that teshuva is not reserved for sinners. The root of the word teshuva is lashuv, to return. Teshuva is about returning our souls to the pure, pristine state in which we receieved them. Even

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