Matisyahu Sings Jerusalem at Spanish Festival

August 25, 2015, by

After being boycotted from the festival for not endorsing a Palestinian State, Matisyahu was re-invited to the Rototom SunSplash festival. During his performance, he was heckled by Pro-Palestinian activists and faced with a sea of Palestinian flags, he sang one of his best songs.

Rabbi & Plumbers: Is the Iran Deal Just Politics?

August 25, 2015, by

The Jewish community is undeniably split regarding the highly controversial Iran deal. Sadly, rather than focusing on advocating the merits or demerits of the deal, too many on both sides of the issue have resorted to ad hominem attacks, name calling, questioning of motives and dismissing the positions of others as just politics. This week’s

Yachad Gifts Opens First Retail Store

August 24, 2015, by

New Store Provides Job Training and Meaningful Employment to Individuals with Disabilities   Brandon Levine, a Yachad Gifts trainee, stands before a table lined with a dozen wicker baskets. Four floors below him, Coney Island Avenue’s cacophony of honking horns provides an apt accompaniment to busy hands. Brandon sticks a glue dot on the back

Headaches and Head Coverings

August 19, 2015, by

Religion is hard, and it’s supposed to be: Love of God should, by nature, be the sort of thing that claims all your heart, all your soul, all your worth.1 Halakhic Judaism complements this truth with an equal and opposite force: God loves us, and so wills that we live,2 maintain our dignity,3 preserve our wealth,4 nurture

Great Children’s Audio Books for Your Road Trip

August 19, 2015, by

As the summer winds down, I know that many people use the last few weeks of summer for family vacations. It’s the season for long car drives. Most kids have their own devices to keep them entertained on this trips. However, it is also a great time to for your family to listen to audio

Ask Aviva: Extreme Vacationing Edition

August 13, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are opposite in a lot of ways and we are still able to have a good relationship. There is one thing that we are opposite in and it really gets in the way of things for us. I am very adventurous and she is very nervous. I love going

The Power of Now

August 13, 2015, by

One of the most famous paradoxes in Judaism, which ties into this week’s Parshat Re’eh, is Hillel’s statement in the first chapter of Ethics of our Fathers: “If I am not for myself then, Who will be for me?” Hillel clearly states that we must be autonomous, independent and not rely on others for our

The Metabolic Boost

August 12, 2015, by

I’m sure that you’ve probably been to a simcha and stood at the reception with your mouth wide open in amazement and watched as someone as skinny as a beanpole downs three pieces of cake. You say to yourself, “If I did that, my clothes wouldn’t fit anymore.” What’s the difference between that person and

Planned (Frum) Parenting

August 11, 2015, by

I do not think that I am a great parent; I do not know if I am even a good one. Nonetheless, even those of us whose accomplishments are mediocre or worse learn from experience and can thus ascend the soap box once in a while to share advice with others (or to rant, based

Why Are Young People Leaving Religion?

August 10, 2015, by

You Lost Me is the title of a recent and provocative book by David Kinnaman, a devout Christian and a sociologist. Through extensive surveys he sought to answer the question that makes up his subtitle:Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith. It was a fascinating read for me as an orthodox Jew because

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