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Ask Aviva: Selfless Summer

June 17, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a teacher in a special education school and look forward to the summer every year. My job takes a lot out of me, but it is also very gratifying. One of the things that get me through the year is anticipating my summer vacation. The problem is that year after year the

What’s in a Name? Ancient Inscription Discovered in Israel

June 17, 2015, by

We may never know who Eshba’al Ben Bada was but his name, recently discovered on a 3,000-year-old piece of pottery, provides us with a link to the distant past. The pottery, painstakingly rebuilt after being discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafain in the Valley of Elah in 2012, contains Eshba’al’s name in an ancient Canaanite script. Scholars

How to End the Wars of Hatred

Today in the Middle East, there is a revolution against secularism of two different kinds. The first is the secular nationalism of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak in Egypt, Assad in Syria and Saddam Hussein in Iraq – all regimes widely seen to be corrupt and oppressive. The second is the secular culture of the West,

An Orthodox Gift of Life

June 16, 2015, by

Leukemia had almost killed Leya Parker, a 48-year-old mother of four from Florida. “You have no idea (how hard it is) when your brother tells you you’re 10 days away from dying, your doctors tell you you have the worst form of leukemia anyone could ask for at your age, and you need a transplant

Why Teachers Deserve Their Summers Off

June 16, 2015, by

The school year is practically done. Have you thanked your child’s teacher for the dedication they put into the past ten months of educating your child? If more often than not when you see a teacher you think, “Well at least in your job you get your summers off” –blogger Laura Goodman, a recently retired

Howard Stern’s Daughter is Orthodox

June 12, 2015, by

Jew in the City has the full story: Like most people on planet earth, I’ve known who Howard Stern is for years, though, I’ve never really listened to his show or watched more than an occasional clip of “America’s Got Talent.” Then my friend Mayim Bialik was interviewed on his radio show last year and,

TripAdvisor CEO’s Favorite Place? Jerusalem.

June 12, 2015, by

When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America’s leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one stands out as his favorite. Jerusalem. “Oh my gosh, looking at all of these amazing structures, the history that you could still visually appreciate from thousands of

LeBron James Taught Me About Marriage

June 11, 2015, by

I grew up with three sisters, so sports to us was sprinting to the mall for the latest sale, racing out of the kitchen before my mother could catch us for dish washing duty and the slam dunk—who got to the bathroom first in the morning? When I started dating my husband I knew he

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

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