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Truth to Power: Rejecting Terror

July 27, 2017, by

It should come as no surprise that, when it comes to Middle East politics, not everyone agrees with us. And it’s not necessarily because others are evil or anti-Semitic. We have a narrative. In extremely abbreviated form: Jews and Arabs both lived in the land that the Romans called “Palestine.” (They called it this in

Looking Past Mount Laundry

July 26, 2017, by

The Nine Days are not my favorite time of year. I imagine this is the case for most people. It’s hot outside, the kids are bored and we can’t take them swimming. The food options are limited. And with the pileup of laundry, our houses are a mess. Hence, lots of stressed out Moms. But

“Why I Like Tisha B’Av”

July 26, 2017, by

Tisha B’Av is not everyone’s favorite day, but it is one of mine- not because it is enjoyable, but because of what it represents. I like Tisha B’Av because of what it says to me about Jews- that we are a people that remembers and knows its past leads to a future. There are so

Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

July 25, 2017, by

On April 11, 1944, a young Anne Frank wrote in her diary: Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly until now? It is God Who has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. Who

The Pain is Deep, but Our Roots Here are Deeper

July 25, 2017, by

President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attended the memorial ceremony for Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky on the 77th anniversary of his death Sunday evening. The ceremony took place on Mt. Herzl, where Jabotinsky is buried. In his opening remarks, President Rivlin spoke about the deadly terrorist attack in Neve Tzuf (Halamish) on Friday

The Sound of Silence

July 24, 2017, by

Scientifically speaking, sound is a vibration that travels through the air and is received by our ears. At some frequencies, the sounds can’t be heard, at some, they can.  It is generally produced when objects vibrate or move, or when two or more objects come into contact with each other. This vibration/movement creates sound waves,

Homer Nods: Naming Our Mistakes

July 11, 2017, by

“Today I recount my failings” – Genesis 41:9 I’d like to share a recent incident in which I was involved. It’s a little embarrassing but I think the moral of the story makes it all worthwhile. I don’t write articles like this only for OU Life; my content appears on a few sites. These sites

Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

July 11, 2017, by

Some of my earliest memories are of brown cardboard boxes with lids, full of files. As soon as I was old enough, I learned how to build and collapse these boxes and I loved that job. As I got older, I began to take interest in what the boxes held. The Creative Learning Pavilion, (now

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