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OU Mourns Passing of HaRav Shteinman Z”tl

December 12, 2017, by

We at the Orthodox Union join the rest of the Jewish people in mourning the loss of Harav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt’l. Rav Shteinman zt’l was not only a world leading Torah scholar, he was as guiding force impacting the lives of untold numbers of Jews in Israel and around the world. We have lost

When Less is More

December 12, 2017, by

As Chanukah is here, my house is quiet.  All of my children are married and out of the house.    I quickly remembered times when we needed a large table for all of the menorahs, how candle-lighting took a long time as each child recited the brachos (blessings) and we sang Haneiros Hallalu and Maoz

Is Chanukah the “Jewish Christmas?”

December 11, 2017, by

A true story: years ago, I chaperoned a delegation of teens to a conference whose participants represented the youth leadership of their various organizations. All told, there were perhaps 200 Jewish teenagers staying in a single hotel. I was in the sundry shop when I overheard the cashier talking with a representative from one of

Recognition of Jerusalem: Momentous Occasion or Not?

December 7, 2017, by

It was the top news on CNN and The New York Times. And everywhere else, really. President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Of course, equally front and center were the dire predictions. Before Trump had even made his statement, many news sources, as

Reacting to #YesAllWomen: A Primer for Men

December 7, 2017, by

It was a Torah portion I had heard umpteen times before but current events made the “punch line” all the more powerful. In parshas VaYishlach, we read about the rape of Yaakov’s daughter Dina by the individual known as Shechem. As a consequence, her brothers Shimon and Levi wiped out the residents of the city

Meet Some Inspiring People

December 7, 2017, by

One of the great benefits of my job is that I get to meet new people all the time.  Many of them come into my 10 Weeks to Health program, some come for personal training, and some come for lower back pain treatments, others for more limited programs.  I consider myself fortunate to be able

You Can Do It! (But Should You?)

November 30, 2017, by

I’ve put on some weight recently. I’m okay with that. I’m not a health-and-fitness columnist but I’ve had occasion to discuss such things, overtly or obliquely, in various articles over the years. For the longest time, my goal was to break 200 lbs. – a goal I never considered achievable. With the help of some intense

The Charleston Lach

November 30, 2017, by

This article first appeared in Ami Magazine Charleston, South Carolina is a small Southern city renowned for its history, charm and beauty. Tourists flock to tour this famous place where the first shot was fired in the Civil War, where the architecture is a display of grace and Southern charm, the beaches are pristine and

Does Widespread Harassment “Permit” Hollywood?

November 27, 2017, by

I saw an insightful comic strip the other day. In brief, if a celebrity’s name was trending in 2016, we said, “Oh, no! I hope he didn’t die!” In 2017, if we see a celebrity’s name trending, we say, “Oh, no! I hope he’s not a sex offender!” The Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened a

The Tuition Crisis: Tackling it Together

November 22, 2017, by

Teach NYS’ Jake Adler published a piece on Times of Israel on how together we can help solve one of the biggest challenges facing Jewish families today: Every few months in these pages and on other platforms someone endeavors to write a piece about the tuition crisis. Each piece is usually followed up by a

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