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On Eagle’s Wings

February 4, 2016, by

One of the questions that I receive most often is about the description of eagles carrying their young on their wings. The nesher, king of birds, is the most prominent bird in the Torah. Although many assume that the nesher is the eagle, and some of the commentaries have identified it as such, the evidence shows that it

The Storm After the Calm

February 4, 2016, by

In its seventh season of competition, the Orthodox Union’s Team Yachad faced a new challenge:  how to return to New York when a historic blizzard shut down the airport and the roads.  Many of the advisors had to resume college classes, so the thought of an extended stay in Florida, while appealing, was impossible.  Already

Dutch Thrift Shop Returns 1942 Wedding Book of Couple Murdered in Auschwitz

February 2, 2016, by

From the JTA: Using social media, a thrift store near the Dutch capital returned the 1942 wedding book of a Jewish couple who perished in Auschwitz to their family. The Kringloper Almere shop on Monday appealed to Facebook users to help locate the owners of a notebook that celebrated the union on May 31, 1942, of

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

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