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“Peace Ring” in Oslo Brings Hope…and a Powerful Lesson

March 3, 2015, by

Inspireconversation.com Editor’s Note: When we first read about this story in the press, we were very impressed and really happy to read it. We drafted an article about it so that parents and teens could discuss this very special event. Just before we posted our article, we did some last minute research to see if

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part Two

February 25, 2015, by

Due to popular demand, we present more unique twists on our Purim classics by popular kosher bloggers…because there are just too many exciting options to fit into one page! Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should

Hundreds Celebrate NCSY’s Past and Future

February 23, 2015, by

Heartfelt reminiscences and humorous anecdotes abounded as NCSY celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Ben Zakkai Honor Society’s NCSY National Scholarship Reception. Held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan on February 8, two hundred guests joined in the meaningful evening as four former NCSY participants were welcomed into the prestigious honor society

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part I

February 19, 2015, by

We’ve reached out to three popular bloggers to share some easy, delicious and not-your-Bubby’s-style hamantaschen. Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should not be eaten together. Enjoy! CookKosher By Leah Schapira Savory Deli Hamantaschen (Meat) Yield:

Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

February 19, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on TorahMusings.com Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic with choosing a name simply because you like it

Ask Aviva: Summer Bummin’

February 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m having some issues with how to deal with “moving on.” It’s nothing major, but my family spent the past three summers away from home at a program on a college campus. My husband worked on the program and I had the freedom to be a “Camp Mommy” and traipse all around the town—or state—having fun

Ask Aviva: Stay at Home Dad

February 12, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I lost my job last year when my wife was 6 months pregnant with our fourth child. She had been a stay at home mom for all these years, even though she has a medical degree. We decided that the most financially sound thing for us to do is for her to go back to

And Nothing But the Truth

February 10, 2015, by

We may be jaded and we may be cynical but the sad reality is that we don’t expect that our political leaders are going to tell the truth. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” “Read my lips, no new taxes.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” “I am

Ask Aviva: Plumped up

February 4, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’ll just come out with it: I am an overweight person. I haven’t always been overweight, but after a few pregnancies, and the joys and distractions of motherhood, I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I’d rather not have. But, I choose to be happy and not worry about it at the moment where