Life

Considering What We Have In Common

January 28, 2014, by

Her name was Shira. She had bright eyes, long brown hair, and liked to put mustard in her tuna fish sandwiches. I was in the fourth grade when we met, and as the new kid at school, I felt that I was the only one who didn’t know how to respond to the fact that

Cut Me Loose: Book Review and Analysis

January 23, 2014, by

This article was originally published on finkorswim.com.   A book like Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent is going to elicit predictable reactions. Many of these reactions will come from people who have not even read the book. But they already know Leah and her story. These knee-jerk reactions will come

Congratulations, It’s a Girl!

January 23, 2014, by

I was around twenty years old in my parents’ home, in the middle of a sweltering New York summer night. Twisting from side-to-side, I finally gave in to the restlessness and the heat and descended the wooden stairs to the kitchen, with a drink of cold water on my mind. At the base of the stairs,

Rabbi Weil Interviews the Creators of the “Life is Strange” Documentary

January 17, 2014, by

Rabbi Steven Weil chats with Director Yitzi Hertz and Producer Sammy Grundwerg about their new documentary, “Life is Strange.” LIFE IS STRANGE evokes the vibrant life of Jewish families in pre-World War II Europe through childhood memories of survivors. Intimate conversations with people from all walks of life are presented against a tapestry of rare footage that takes

Confessions of a Shomer Shabbat Hollywood Screenwriter Part 2

January 15, 2014, by

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action magazine, Robert J. Avrech penned an article about what it’s like to be a successful Shomer Shabbos screenwriter in the bowels of Hollywood. He spoke about his article — and his new e-book describing his love affair with his wife, whom he met as a fourth grader in

Interview with Avi Berman

January 14, 2014, by

Listen to Rabbi Avi Berman, director of the OU Israel Center, discuss Aliyah and Anglo life in Israel. Read more about this topic in the upcoming Spring issue of Jewish Action!

Aliyah Lessons from Sylvester Stallone

January 13, 2014, by

My wife and I have developed a profound love of pajamas. It is deep and unconditional. We are also quite fond of each other. The alignment of these two factors translates into a strong preference for “nights in” (rather than out on the town) complete with movies and popcorn on our comfy couch. (At present,

The Sights and Sounds of NCSY’s Yarchei Kallah

January 9, 2014, by

In the Stamford Hilton’s ballroom — now transformed into a rather crowded shul — NCSY advisor Ayelet Roller led a discussion about the story of the Tower of Babel. Why, she asked, did Hashem, in the words of the parsha, “come down” to the people building the tower? The seven teens who surrounded her tossed