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Sibling Rivalry: How to Cure a Timeless Problem

October 13, 2015, by

One of the major themes of Parshat Bereishit is sibling rivalry. We start with Kayin and Hevel, Yitzchok and Yishmael, Yakov and Eisav and then Yosef and his brothers. It seems to be a timeless problem. We see it in our own homes as well. Sibling rivalry is one of the toughest things parents need

The Worst New York Times Story Ever?

October 12, 2015, by

The New York Times recently published an article that was so appallingly flawed and dangerous that it simply beggars belief. Its subsequent “clarification” only serves to highlight how bad it was. The article, Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place, was a masterpiece of obfuscation and falsehood. It took minor academic debate about the

Paying a Shiva Call to the Henkin Family

October 8, 2015, by

The following article is part of Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s Weekly Newsletter. Earlier this week, Chavi and I concluded a most enjoyable and inspiring Yom Tov season. It included the beautiful davening on Rosh Hashanah at Yeshurun Synagogue; Yom Kippur at the Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, during which I lead a joint OU/Gateways program for four

The Irreplaceable Lives We Lost

October 7, 2015, by

Commenting on the tragedy of the Holocaust, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, “It’s not just the number six million. We lost so many holy people.” These words kept circling in my mind the last few days… “Its not just the number—we lost so many holy people.” The media reported: “Four people murdered in two terrorist

Simchat Torah in the Henkin’s Hometown

October 7, 2015, by

How do you celebrate the holiday of Simchat Torah in the wake of a horrific murder that left four children orphaned? Lee-at Salomon, a neighbor of the Henkin family, wrote this article for The Times of Israel, describing how their community managed to celebrate the holiday. It’s a testament to the strength of the Henkin

A Very Urban Sukkot

October 2, 2015, by

Sukkos – for many, it’s summer’s last hurrah. Being outdoors, hopefully in green, lush and warm (or not too cold) surroundings. A pleasant return to nature before autumn really kicks in. A great time to spend away from home, perhaps in a rural environment. (Imagine spending Sukkos at a sleepaway camp or a bungalow colony…)

Wach: A Summer on Yad B’Yad

October 1, 2015, by

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a summer on Yachad NJCD’s Yad B’Yad summer program? Each year dozens of teenagers from across the United States journey to Israel with their disabled peers to experience the wonders of Israel. Watch this video for a glimpse of how life-changing a summer on Yad B’Yad can be.

Thanking God for the Little Things on Sukkot

September 24, 2015, by

In our last article we discussed how difficult it can be for parents, especially mothers, to focus on the spiritual aspects of this time period. It is the holiest time of year on the Jewish calendar. However, parents are often working at a disadvantage because the holidays usually coincide with the end of summer camp

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