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‘Worst Day Ever’ Inspires

July 27, 2015, by

Perhaps by now you’ve come across the poem “Worst Day Ever?” The poem has been making waves across social media as an anonymous post until the author’s identity was revealed last week: 16-year-old Chanie Gorkin, a student at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights. Beyond the scope of Jewish publications, the

Creating Ahavat Chinam with Your Spouse

July 23, 2015, by

It’s that time of year—the Nine Days—where we talk about ahavat chinam, loving others without judgment. If we really want to understand ahavat chinam, we need to know that we can practice ahavat chinam not only with our friends and acquaintances, but with our very own family and even our spouses. I had an experience

Can You Help?

July 23, 2015, by

There is no disease in the world for which Hashem had not already created the cure. The task is for us to find it! To everything there is a time and a season. So Koehlet teaches, so our lives make clear. Study and prayer are among the great pleasures and joys of my life. But just as

Tisha B’Av & Ta-Nehisi Coates

July 22, 2015, by

The key theme of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ searing best-seller “Between The World And Me” is the deep pessimism he feels about race relations in America. In terms of the Jewish calendar, his book could not have been better timed. As Tisha B’Av, commemorating the twofold destruction of Jerusalem and the atrocities committed against the Jewish people throughout history, is observed

Omri Cassppi NBA Star Wears Tefillin

July 22, 2015, by

Omir Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the NBA. If that wasn’t enough nachas, Omri recently did a Q and A on Twitter where he responded to reader’s questions. He currently plays as a power forward for the Sacramento Kings and he explains, his 18 jersey number stands for Chai. When a Twitter-user

Remembering Dr. Janusz Korczak

July 21, 2015, by

He was not religious, but he became a saint. He did not go to synagogue, and knew no Hebrew, but he was a martyr. In a world where men changed themselves willingly into beasts, he dedicated his life to saving children. He was Dr. Janusz Korczak (1878-1942), physician, sociologist, psychologist, father, author, poet, and a

When Lashon Hora is a Mitzvah

July 21, 2015, by

A while ago—I forget the details—I was telling some people about how a certain person posed a harmful influence. One person objected that this was lashon hara. When I pointed out that it was leto’eles, for public benefit, this person argued that it is still only permissible if the speaker’s motivations are pure. Since my

One Heck of a Ma’aser Check

July 21, 2015, by

  With a $39 million dollar check from Microsoft, fortunate are those to be on the receiving end of Shloma Baum’s ma’aser check. The Satmar Chassid from Kiryas Joel recently sold FieldOne Systems, his field services management company, to the industrial giant. An article on Geektime, a newsblog dedicated to the fields of science and

Modest is Hottest

July 21, 2015, by

Modest is hottest! No, that isn’t an inspirational Jewish bumper sticker—yet. Guess again. Advice for keeping cool while staying covered up was the focus of a Loving Your Body post featured on The Today Show website last week. The content is taken from modest fashion bloggers ranging from Muslim to Christian women, and Jewish blogger

A Magical Jewish YA Novel — Almost as Magical as Its Author

July 21, 2015, by

Mystery lurking behind every corner. An ancient city full of secrets. A mystical stone that imbues magical powers into a special little boy. It sounds like the opening of the next New York Times bestseller for young adults. In fact, these are the elements combined with a strong foundation in ancient Jewish texts, that make

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