Life

After 20 Years in Israel, Ethiopian Jewish Community Still Struggles

May 6, 2015, by

When the Ethiopian Jewish community arrived in Israel in 1991, the New York Times reported it was  “it was difficult to tell who was more joyful.” “The barefoot Ethiopians who cheered, ululated and bent down to kiss the tarmac as they stepped off the planes, or the Israelis who watched them aglow, marveling at this

Between the Holy and the Unholy, Between Civil Disobedience and Criminal Activity

May 5, 2015, by

Rabbi Etan Mintz is the spiritual leader of B’nai Israel Congregation, Baltimore’s oldest continually active synagogue and one of the original founding synagogues of the Orthodox Union. B’nai Israel Congregation is also located only five blocks away from City Hall in downtown Baltimore. In the week following the riots that gripped Baltimore, Rabbi Mintz sent

‘Do You Want to Come for Shabbat?’

May 5, 2015, by

Rachel Nadel, motivated by the NCSY Shabbaton she experienced as a child, spent her post-high-school year in Israel studying. That year was critical in her spiritual development, but also critical in helping her future vision emerge: she spent most of her time in the dorms of her women’s yeshiva, and didn’t get to meet families living in Israel.

How Orthodox Money Is Reshaping Republican Politics

May 5, 2015, by

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have long appreciated the importance of tapping into the pool of Jewish donors, who are among the most generous political contributors in the nation. But until recently, Orthodox Jews have been an elusive target. Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular — albeit more conservative

From a First-Time Mom

May 4, 2015, by

I’m a first-time mom, a title I proudly wear. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday this past March. It’s been an amazing year. This child—who spent her first five weeks of life attached to wires and monitors, under the careful watch of neonatologist specialists—has grown as a happy, curious child engaged in the world around her.

Talking to Your Kids About The Baltimore Freddie Gray Riots

May 1, 2015, by

The past few days have been unsettling. My parents live in St. Louis, and I felt very connected to the events in Ferguson this summer. Now, with the recent turmoil in Baltimore, where we lived until a little over a month ago, I’ve been having a strong sense of deja vu. Many of the sentiments

Ask Aviva: Muted Morah

April 30, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I feel kind of silly writing in about this issue. I am in the chinuch field and teach in an elementary school. I am asked every now and then by my shul and by some community leaders to give a shiur or speak at an event. I always refuse. It is very nice

Matzah Foils Massacre

April 29, 2015, by

While you’re most definitely sick of matzah by now, Israel Unseen has this great story of how a Bnei Brak group’s urgent quest to gather wheat for shmurah matzah inadvertently foiled a terrorist attack. See below.

Red Cross Admits World War II Failings as Holocaust Spread

April 29, 2015, by

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.” Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, said the ICRC “failed to protect civilians and, most notably,

Becoming An Expert Giver

April 29, 2015, by

I’m pretty good at thinking about myself. You know, what do I need, what do I want, how do I feel, and so on. Marriage, and even more so, motherhood, has helped me get out of that mentality and ask myself, what does he need, what does he want, how does he feel? With my kids,