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Why Does God Test Us?

April 14, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on Torahmusings.com. The notion that the all-knowing God needs to test us to determine whether we will follow His command is absurd. He knows the future and therefore gains nothing from the exercise. Yet the Torah discusses in multiple places God’s tests. For example, regarding the man (manna) that fell in

Why I Teach

April 1, 2015, by

Rabbi Elie Weismann, Rabbi of the Young Israel of Plainview, speaks about the values of education and educators. By watching, teachers and parents can help think through their roles as conduits of mesorah in the context of the Pesach Seder. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the

Ask Aviva: No Mojo

April 1, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a fashion designer who is more of a seamstress. I just don’t know how to be ambitious. I look at all these other designers who seem so cool and put their work out there and I sit and think—wouldn’t that be nice? Then I go watch a show or chat on

Finding Greener Davening, in Georgia

March 31, 2015, by

Those considering leaving the concrete jungles of the Greater New York area for greener pastures will certainly have options for observant Jewish communities at this year’s OU Jewish Communities Fair coming up on Sunday, April 26. Atlanta offers a different style of greener pasture. A greener davening, if you will. Within the Torah observant community

Being a Present Parent While Falling Apart

March 24, 2015, by

I expected a lot difficult things in advance of getting divorced at age 28, as the mother of two small children. I expected my 5-year-old would have an adjustment period acclimating to life in two separate households, and I predicted lonely nights and holidays when my children were with their father, awkward looks from people

Blog Kasher V’Sameach

March 23, 2015, by

We’ve reached out to three popular bloggers to share some easy, delicious, kosher for Passover recipes. Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve recipes and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy should not be eaten together. Enjoy! Kosher in the Kitch By Nina Safar Cheesecake Brownies  (Dairy)

Helping Children After a Fire

March 23, 2015, by

A fire is a particularly traumatic event as it is both dramatic and fast. While most children will bounce back and show no reactions, some children may feel vulnerable and experience some anxiety or symptoms. The aftermath of such an event may include fear, nightmares, anxiety, and difficulty being alone. Remember that exposure does not

The Israeli Election You Get a Vote In

March 19, 2015, by

While Americans were largely on the sidelines in Israel’s latest election, there is one Israeli election that American Jews can participate in and it’s a really important one. It’s the election for the World Zionist Congress (WZC) and the outcome will likely have a hand in determining the course of Israel’s future. Below is a

Seeing Israel

March 19, 2015, by

The first thing that struck me was the cold. Israel is a country of contradictions, and freezing temperatures in a Middle-Eastern country located in a desert may have been the biggest contradiction of all. But Israel is also a country of miracles, and the very fact that I was there, huddling for warmth in a

Ask Aviva: Nervous with Neat

March 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am getting the pre-Pesach jitters, but not for the reason that you think. We actually go away for the entire yom tov, so I don’t need to worry about cleaning. What I am worried about is what will happen when we go away. We will be staying in my parents’ house for

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