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

OU Israel Brings 160 At-Risk Teens to Yerushalayim for a Day of Learning and Prayer

September 17, 2015, by

On Thursday, September 17, the second day of the Ten Days of Repentance, OU Israel’s Jack E. Gindi Oraita Program for at-risk Israeli teens, primarily from low-socioeconomic communities, brought 160 teens to Yerushalayim for an educational day of learning and growth. This was the first time that many of these teens visited Yerushalayim and prayed

Ask Aviva: Clingy in College

September 17, 2015, by

I am 19 years old and am worried that I have a problem. My best friend just told me that she doesn’t want to be friends anymore because I am too needy and too draining for her. The problem is, I know she’s right. A guy I was dating for six months broke up with me recently

The Teshuva of Shabbat

September 16, 2015, by

(Excerpt from When God is Near: On the High Holidays, by Rabbi Yehuda Amital) For decades, thousands from around the world gathered to join Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l as he led the High Holiday prayers at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Right before the most critical points in the services, at moments of high spiritual intensity, he

The 8 Item Repentance Checklist

September 16, 2015, by

Can you check off these items? If not, which one will you strengthen?   The purpose of this checklist is to focus your attention to areas you may want to improve. Look over this list and choose one area you are motivated to address. Just focus on that area and once you have strengthened it,

Mindfulness in the Service of Hashem

September 10, 2015, by

Today we had our lunchbreak webinar: Tishrei: Tools & Techniques for Family-Friendly Festivals Devorah Levine Katz of and I spoke about practical tips on how to capture the spirituality of these days while juggling work, menus, davening, family and guests. The overarching theme of the class was this: “The little things are infinitely the

It’s All About the Arteries in Your Heart

September 9, 2015, by

Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Each minute, someone dies from a heart disease-related event. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death around the world. It kills 380,000 people in the United States every year. CAD is a specific form of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). It results

Headaches and Head Coverings Part III

September 9, 2015, by

When I published “Headaches and Head Coverings” on, I did so with the thought that this was a modest but substantial area of our community’s life that could benefit from more, and more nuanced, discussion in the open air. From the sheer volume of attention the article received, I take this thesis as corroborated,

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