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Remembering Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald zt’l

January 28, 2016, by

Vos Iz Neias posted this article about the remarkable life of Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald zt’l: He earned letters of thanks from the White House, was the diplomatic representative for the South African Republic of Bophuthatswana in the United States, collaborated on projects with an Italian prince and successfully negotiated with the Lithuanian government to allow

Parshat Yitro: Messaging Tips from Heaven

January 28, 2016, by

Contemporary society does an absolutely awful job at communicating. Despite possession of the most advanced communication tools ever known, modern man would earn an F in Interpersonal Communication 1.0, were there to be such a course (and there should be!). Be it parental distraction and detachment from communicating with children, or people’s aversion to engage in face-to-face conversation, their refusal to listen to

Wear Your Yarmulke—Because You Can and It’s Good for You

January 26, 2016, by

The former CEO of Timberland, Jeffrey Swartz, has made numerous contributions to both his industry in particular and the corporate world generally. In addition to focusing on profits, revenue, and the financial bottom line, Swartz was among the first to emphasize a corporation’s social responsibility and duty. In his first “Corporate Social Responsibility Report,” issued

NCSY Honors Alumni Serving as Lone Soldiers

January 21, 2016, by

They may have been lone soldiers, but they were anything but alone. Once an NCSYer, always an NCSYer. Nearly 80 NCSY alumni who are currently serving in the IDF or in Shearut Le’umi (National Service) gathered last motzei Shabbat for an appreciation dinner at Papagaio thrown by the NCSY’s Alumni division. NCSY is the international

Teaching My Son with Asperger’s Syndrome to Forgive Himself

January 20, 2016, by

It is Shabbat afternoon and my son, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, kicks our bedroom door until it breaks. We are all trapped in the bedroom— my husband and me, our son and our dog. My son screams that he wants to die and that we can’t possibly love him. When he discovers

Transforming “Jewish Time” into Being Punctual

January 18, 2016, by

The Powerball lottery and its record $1.5 billion jackpot has engendered great conversation about what we would do with the money if we won. Indeed, money is a tremendous commodity, a critical resource. And yet, there is an even more precious commodity that we waste all too often. When it comes to money, if we

Running for Ezra

January 18, 2016, by

When Ezra Schwartz of Sharon was murdered in a terror attack in November, his death was incredibly painful for the Jewish people. Although I didn’t know Ezra personally, our lives paralleled in many ways. We’re both 18, both from Boston, both members of the Camp Yavneh community. From photos, videos, and his parents’ and sister’s

Jewish Columbia Student Among 3 Killed in Honduras Bus Crash

January 14, 2016, by

Daniella Moffson, 21, was one of three Columbia students killed in a bus accident in Honduras. Moffson was a graduate of The Ramaz School in Manhattan. The other two victims were Columbia College sophomore Olivia Erhardt, 20, and Abigail Flanagan, 45, a General Studies student and nurse practitioner at the Columbia University Medical Center. They were

Planting Seeds to Allow Your Children to Grow Strong

January 13, 2016, by

We just celebrated Rosh Chodesh Shevat. That means that Tu B’Shevat is coming up in two weeks. I have fond memories of this holiday. During lunch when I was an elementary school student, all of us were given little brown paper bags filled with dried fruit and almonds. I also loved the songs related to

French Jewish Politician Found Dead

January 12, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: Alain Ghozland, a French politician and city councilor in the heavily Jewish Parisian suburb of Créteil, was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. Ghozland, 73, originally from Algeria, was found by his brother, who came looking for him after he didn’t show up to synagogue a day earlier. The

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