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10 Mistakes Every Couple Makes #10

March 28, 2017, by

Your marriage is great but…is it reaching it’s full potential? Rabbi Shafier is a leading expert in marriage improvement and has been immersed in strengthening shalom bayis for the past fifteen years. His straight-talking, Torah-based approach is applicable, appropriate and realistic and has reached over 30,000 homes throughout the world. Join other growth-orientated couples that have

OU Jewish Communities Fair Snapshot: Cincinnati, OH

March 22, 2017, by

Back in 2005, when my husband – a native Cincinnatian– and I started dating, one of the first things my Brooklyn-born father said was: “There are Jews in Cincinnati?” Much to his surprise, Cincinnati is one of the oldest Jewish communities in America, dating back to 1817, and our Orthodox community here is strong and

Getting Through Pesach

March 22, 2017, by

It’s that time of the year again… the holiday season. Perhaps nothing is more challenging than getting through Pesach with your health and weight intact. As daunting and challenging as this may seem, a few little tricks and just a little self-discipline can get you through virtually unscathed.   There are essentially three areas where

Going Viral: Thoughts on the BBC Interview Blooper

March 17, 2017, by

It was the surprise hit of the season. Professor Robert Kelly is an expert on South Korean politics. He was conducting an interview with the BBC from his home office on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye when his two young children wandered into the shot. First, his four-year-old daughter, Marion, literally danced

OU Jewish Communities Fair Snapshot: Highland Park/Edison, NJ

March 16, 2017, by

Growing up in Bergen County, I didn’t think there was any other place in New Jersey where Jews could flourish. I met a guy from South Jersey – he worked there, and I worked in Manhattan, so we needed to find a home halfway. We spent a Shabbos in Highland Park/Edison, and it felt very

Empowering Orthodox Women through Art and Creativity

March 16, 2017, by

For its tenth anniversary year, ATARA (The Association for Torah and the Arts) held its annual Creative and Performing Arts Convention for Women in Baltimore, MD over the first weekend in March. The first time hosted by a Jewish community outside of New York or New Jersey, professional musicians, dancers, theater artists, filmmakers, creative writers

OU Jewish Communities Fair Snapshot:​ Southfield, MI

March 16, 2017, by

When Ariella Shaffren moved to Southfield, MI, from Teaneck, NJ, in 2012, one of the first things she noticed was the more relaxed pace of life. Find out more about Southfield at the OU Jewish Communities Fair on April 30 “No one honks their cars, no one is rushing anywhere, and commutes to work match

The Charms of Rochester, NY

March 8, 2017, by

Nestled on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY is known for its slightly unpredictable weather and family-friendly living – Orthodox Jewish families included. Find out more about Rochester at the OU Jewish Communities Fair on April 30 With three Orthodox shuls and several Chabad centers, two day schools, separate boys’ and girls’ yeshiva

My National Service

March 6, 2017, by

Three o’clock on a winter Friday afternoon, with a four-month-old baby in my left hand, I am tacking olive-green fatigues onto a laundry line with my right. My husband needs these uniforms dry in time to pack Saturday night because he’ll be davening at neitz on Sunday before leaving at seven AM for another long

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