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Merry Christmas! Am I Bovvered?

December 9, 2015, by

Christmas and I have had a complicated relationship. When I was in kindergarten, my public school class took a trip to visit a mall Santa; this is the only time small children are encouraged by authority figures to sit on the laps of strange men. Santa sensed my discomfort (I was probably not a particularly

Pass the Latkes!

December 8, 2015, by

My mother a”h used to fry everything. Potatoes, meatballs, chicken, veal—you name it! If it could be batter dipped, even better! Even today, when I smell fried foods my mouth begins to water. As an adult who is somewhat health conscious, I generally do not eat fried foods. Don’t get me wrong: fried foods are

New York Post Commends OU for School Security bill

December 8, 2015, by

On Monday, The New York Post published an editorial crediting the mayor for standing up to the teachers union and helping pass Intro 65 A. The bill, sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield, will provide $20 million to pay for security guards for private schools with more than 300 children. As the Post wrote. ״Yet

This Chanukah See What is Right Under Your Nose

December 7, 2015, by

A husband and wife are getting ready to go to sleep. The wife is ready to close her eyes and her husband stands staring at himself in the full-length mirror. “What’s the matter with you?” she says. Come to sleep already.” He turns to her and says, “Look at this, I am so depressed. All

A German-Jewish Chanukah in Upper Manhattan

December 7, 2015, by

One of the highlights of Chanukah in Washington Heights is the candlelighting at K’hal Adath Jeshurun (KAJ/”Breuer’s”) and the singing of Maoz Tzur by the KAJ choir between Mincha and Maariv. (Please click here and here to view more.) This event, aside from being inherently inspiring, undoubtedly arouses various thoughts and feelings on the part

Want to Stop Sibling Rivalry? Stop Comparing Your Children

December 2, 2015, by

In this week’s parsha we read about Yosef and his brothers. My heart always goes out to Yosef after his beloved mother Rachel died. It is so hard to be without a mother’s love. As a mother, we can only view him with compassion. However, his brothers could not. Sibling rivalry breeds its own form

Five Things Every Couple Needs to Know About Giving

December 2, 2015, by

When done right, gifts can be an expression of love and caring and can bring a couple closer together. Yet, gifts can often be a sore point and can produce the opposite result. Before you give or receive your next gift, here are five things you need to know: Know Your Love Language- Everyone has

Mourning Terror in Israel and France

December 2, 2015, by

The recent attacks in Paris were ferocious. We join the world in mourning the loss of life and praying for their families as well as for the recovery of the injured. The State of Israel was swift to declare, “We feel your pain.” Tragically, the citizens of the Jewish state have spent three months being

President Obama Calls Parents of Ezra Schwartz Z’l

November 24, 2015, by

From the JTA. President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences. In the telephone call Monday, the president said that Schwartz’s Israel studies had strengthened U.S.-Israel ties. Read more at the JTA.

Watch: A Moment of Silence for Ezra Schwartz z”l

November 24, 2015, by

Chills.Amazing moment at Gillette Stadium as the New England Patriots honored Ezra Schwartz with a moment of silence. Thank you Robert Kraft and to ESPN for broadcasting this incredible tribute. Posted by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink on Monday, November 23, 2015

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