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Ask Aviva: Hating the Green-Eyed Monster

August 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I have a wonderful dear friend who is amazing in all ways except for just one. But that one is a biggie, as it is one of the Ten Commandments! My friend is a coveter. She covets the things in my home, my car, my style—you name it! At times I find it

Speaking Out Against the Iran Deal: Nathan Diament on Fox News

August 6, 2015, by

This week, OU Advocacy Executive Director Nathan Diament and other Jewish leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss their concerns about the Iran Deal. Diament told Fox News that they had a “spirited and intense exchange” with the President about the Iran Deal. “If nothing else, the President cannot deny that this deal gives

Jew in the City’s 2015 Orthodox Jewish All-Stars

August 5, 2015, by

Each year, Allison Josephs, the blogger behind the popular Jew in the City, honors several Orthodox Jews for their contributions in breaking down stereotypes. Here are this year’s honorees: Baroness Rosalind Altmann, U.K. minister of pensions; Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred racehorse in thirty-seven years; and Ilana Wernick, Emmy

Lion Hunters Vs. Hyena Lynchers

August 4, 2015, by

Does the brutal killing of an innocent and endangered wild animal, done for no purpose other than to satisfy the blood lust of the killers, cause global outrage? That depends. Everyone has heard about the horrible killing of Cecil the lion. A google search returns over 43million hits. Nearly half a million people have signed

A Holocaust Survivor’s German Rifle

August 3, 2015, by

After the 1991 Gulf War – during which I gathered real-time information about Saddam’s Scud assaults for Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Nachman Shai – I earned my first military leave. Friends invited me to reef dive Eilat’s crystal clear Red Sea and bodysurf Caesarea’s Roman aqueduct-framed beach. To everyone’s surprise, including my grandfather’s, I opted

Does History Need to Be True?

August 3, 2015, by

From the Orthodox Jewish perspective, history is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. There is no similar concept to Torah for its own sake–history for its own sake. This translates into two different utilitarian attitudes. One sees history as a source of inspiration, a method of increasing devotion to religious

Other Ways to Say No

July 30, 2015, by

It is the summer time and many parents are dealing with cranky and tired kids. In a previous article we spoke about how to prevent temper tantrums. We discussed how tantrums are a normal part of growing up and how sticking to a schedule can help. We also spoke about trying to figure out and

Lou Lenart Always Played Hard to Get

July 30, 2015, by

The first time I called Lou Lenart, who died Monday at the age of 94, he said he wanted nothing to do with me. It was 2009. I was in Los Angeles directing a 10-day shoot for A WING AND A PRAYER, a PBS documentary that tells the story of World War II aviators who

Ask Aviva: East Vs. West

July 29, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am concerned about my son. He was set up with a very nice girl from LA at the end of his spring college semester. They went on a few dates and really hit it off, but she flew back home for the summer before things got serious. They have been in touch

Modest Swimwear Makes a Splash

July 29, 2015, by

Continued good news for the modest-dress conscious, tzniut is creating waves. The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing trend in bathing suits for women is the rise of more modest swimwear. The article, written by Lucette Lagnado (who Jewish readers may remember as the author of “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit”), is

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