Putting East Brunswick On The Map

July 31, 2014, by

As first time participants in the OU Home and Job Relocation Fair (popularly known as the OU Jewish Communities Fair), representatives of the Young Israel of East Brunswick (YIEB) in central New Jersey knew a game plan was necessary to achieve their goal of enticing young families to move there. Priding itself as “a one

5 Steps to a Perfect Apology

July 31, 2014, by

As we enter the Nine Days, we are reminded of the Talmudic dictum, “kol dor she lo nivneh b’yamav, k’ilu hechrivo,” “each generation in which the Holy Temple is not rebuilt in its days is as if it destroyed it” (Talmud YerushalmiYoma 5a). The Second Temple was destroyed due to baseless hatred, sinas chinam, (Talmud

The Miracle Called Nature

July 29, 2014, by

Imagine that I am running a Torah organization, and funds are tight. Things are so bad that it looks like we might have to close down. I decide to take action, and I’m not wasting time. I’m going straight to the top. I’m going to find myself the most famous, hidden Kabbalist in all of

Summer Vacation in Israel Canceled…for Torah

July 29, 2014, by

Reposted from The Jerusalem Post online. The major hassidic groups in Israel will not run the usual summer vacation programs for students from the Fast of the Ninth of Av to the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul because of the current military campaign several hassidic spokesmen said on Tuesday. The large Gur, Belz,

The Difference Between Emunah and Bitachon

July 24, 2014, by

Reprinted with permission from The Rambam defines emunah as the knowledge that Hashem created and continues to run all of Creation. In Shemoneh Perakima, he delineates the first of the Thirteen Principles of Faith: “The Creator, blessed be He, created and orchestrates all activities, and He alone did, does and will do all actions.”

Pledge to End the “R” Word

July 24, 2014, by

Three teen leaders recently turned a summer Sunday in Toronto into an opportunity for public advocacy, raising awareness on the importance of changing our language—specifically the slurred use of the word retarded. “Unfortunately, people still use the word frequently,” Hannah Tessel, 18, of Riverdale, informed. Hannah, an active member of the Yachad Youth Leadership Council

The Family I Never Knew: My Jewish Genealogy Journey

July 24, 2014, by

My mother, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, a Death March, the sole survivor of her immediate family, returned her precious neshama to Hashem on the morning of the 12th of Tammuz. Just shy of two weeks ago, in mortal time. Standing by her bedside, my husband and I shouted “Shema,” “Boruch Shem Kovod” three times,

Max Steinberg ז”ל: A Hero Who Rekindled the Zionist Spirit

July 23, 2014, by

Jerusalem, July 23: An estimated 30,000 Israelis from all over the country paid their respects to Max Steinberg ז”ל who was buried in Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl military cemetery today. He was 24 when he was killed in action in Gaza on Shabbat, July 19. He was proud to be a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade.

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