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Ask Aviva: No Thanks to Therapy

June 11, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am writing to you because some people told me that I need to go to therapy, but I am not so sure. I have had some pretty bad things happen to me early on in life and they were never addressed in therapy. I don’t think they need to be; I am

Why I Don’t Erase My Voicemail Anymore

June 11, 2015, by

“Happy Anniversary to you….” My grandmother Rose’s Brooklyn-tinged singing voice is just slightly off-key. Even though she passed away four years ago, she still sings for our anniversary each year — because I saved the voicemail of the last time she sang it. When she was still alive, I hardly bothered to listen to her

The Jewish Week: Help for Parents with Day School Tuition

June 10, 2015, by

New York’s The Jewish Week editorialized this week in support of the Parental Choice in Education Act, also known as the Education Tax Credit. The Orthodox Union, together with several other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, has pushed heavily for this legislation, which will significantly ease the burden for parents in New York whose children attend private

Jews and Coffee: a Love Story

June 8, 2015, by

Who doesn’t love their coffee in the morning? While Jews may not have been the ones to discover the caffeinated effects of the beverage, they did have a hand in popularizing the drink throughout Europe and the United States. A Jew opened the first coffee house in Italy and in 1650 “Jacob the Jew” opened

Sephardi, Ashkenazi… Romaniote?

June 5, 2015, by

Ashkenazi Jews. Sephardi Jews. Ever heard about Romaniote Jews? Marjorie Ingall of Tablet Magazine visited Kehila Kedosha Janina, a small synagogue on the Lower East Side that is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Romaniote Jews, according to their oral tradition, “descend from Jews who were put on a slave ship to Rome

New Kosher Restaurant Opens… in Siberia!

June 5, 2015, by

Good news if you’re ever sent to Siberia. There now is a kosher restaurant. Jokes aside, life in Siberia is far from bleak for Jews, especially in the city of Novosibirsk. The London-based Jewish Chronicle reported that the city recently opened a $5 million Jewish community center that includes a shul, a wedding hall and

Help Our Yeshivas, Help Your Pocketbook

June 4, 2015, by

In just two weeks, one of the most crucial bills at the NY state level that can benefit our community will either be approved by our state legislators, or tossed to the side, as has been the case till now. The ‘Parental Choice in Education Act’, also known as the Education Tax Credit, was proposed

Should New York City Fund Security Guards for Yeshivas?

June 4, 2015, by

Standing on the steps of City Hall in downtown Manhattan, Letitia James, the New York City public advocate, turned to the private school students arrayed like a backdrop behind her and ended the speech she gave in mid-May with a shout: “We want school safety agents!” The children — Muslim girls with their heads covered,

Something to Wrap Your Head Around

June 4, 2015, by

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