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Life

From a First-Time Mom

May 4, 2015, by

I’m a first-time mom, a title I proudly wear. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday this past March. It’s been an amazing year. This child—who spent her first five weeks of life attached to wires and monitors, under the careful watch of neonatologist specialists—has grown as a happy, curious child engaged in the world around her.

Talking to Your Kids About The Baltimore Freddie Gray Riots

May 1, 2015, by

The past few days have been unsettling. My parents live in St. Louis, and I felt very connected to the events in Ferguson this summer. Now, with the recent turmoil in Baltimore, where we lived until a little over a month ago, I’ve been having a strong sense of deja vu. Many of the sentiments

Ask Aviva: Muted Morah

April 30, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I feel kind of silly writing in about this issue. I am in the chinuch field and teach in an elementary school. I am asked every now and then by my shul and by some community leaders to give a shiur or speak at an event. I always refuse. It is very nice

Matzah Foils Massacre

April 29, 2015, by

While you’re most definitely sick of matzah by now, Israel Unseen has this great story of how a Bnei Brak group’s urgent quest to gather wheat for shmurah matzah inadvertently foiled a terrorist attack. See below.

Red Cross Admits World War II Failings as Holocaust Spread

April 29, 2015, by

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross attacked his organization’s World War II record, saying it “lost its moral compass.” Peter Maurer, presenting the keynote address Tuesday at a Geneva commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps, said the ICRC “failed to protect civilians and, most notably,

Becoming An Expert Giver

April 29, 2015, by

I’m pretty good at thinking about myself. You know, what do I need, what do I want, how do I feel, and so on. Marriage, and even more so, motherhood, has helped me get out of that mentality and ask myself, what does he need, what does he want, how does he feel? With my kids,

Is Hashem Necessary?

April 29, 2015, by

Hawkings Error from Shabbat.com on Vimeo. In this video, produced by Hashem.com (a project of Shabbat.com), Stephen Hawking’s theory that God wasn’t necessary to create or sustain the world is disputed by leading scientists, shedding scientific light that Hashem is indeed the key force behind the creation of the universe.

When Your Child Says Goodbye to Religion

April 28, 2015, by

You send your child to the best day school or yeshiva; celebrate Shabbat and chagim joyously. But one day, your child announces that he or she is no longer religiously observant. It’s painful. How do you understand your child’s decision to leave behind something that means so much to you? How do you relate to

One Fallen Soldier, 23 Descendants

April 28, 2015, by

On the day before Yom Hazikaron, the New York Times published this story about one of Israel’s fallen soldiers. Gil’ad, an only child, was a lieutenant killed during the Yom Kippur War. A talented musician, he was given the opportunity to serve in the army’s music division, but instead joined a combat unit with his

The Enduring Legacies of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein

April 23, 2015, by

On Monday morning, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, the former leader of Yeshivat Har Etzion, English scholar and titan of Modern Orthodoxy both in Israel and abroad, died in his home at 81. Tributes to him poured in from around the world and across the Jewish spectrum — from the president of the Union for Reform Judaism

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