How to Make a Shiva Call

July 8, 2015, by

Shiva calls are a part of the fabric of Jewish life. But how do you make a proper a shiva call? Who doesn’t recall that time when you visited someone in mourning and had nothing to say? Kveller posted this article about how to properly make shiva calls. Some points include not trying to cheer

The Other Hand

July 7, 2015, by

Recently, I shared my thoughts on the Charleston, South Carolina shooting, specifically the forgiveness granted by the families of the victims. I posited that, while admirable, such automatic absolution does not reflect the Jewish ethos, in which forgiveness must be earned through regret, an admission of guilt and a resolution to make things right. None

No Meat? No Problem! Great Dairy Recipes for The Nine Days

July 7, 2015, by

As we spiritually prepare for Tisha B’Av—some of us are concerned how to gastronomically prepare for The Nine Days. Don’t worry, you can satiate your palate without meat. We’ve reached out to some popular kosher bloggers to share some meatless menu options. Make sure to visit the blogs for more step-by-step photos and anecdotes for

Are Rebbetzins an Endangered Species?

July 7, 2015, by

What do you call a doctor’s wife?  What do you call a lawyer’s wife? What do you call an accountant’s wife?  What do you call a rabbi’s wife? When I first arrived in Edmonton, thirteen years ago, I insisted people call me Batya as opposed to the rebbetzin title that was foisted onto me. I

Pee Wee Herman’s Father Fought for Israel

July 6, 2015, by

Know this guy? Well, here’s something you might not know. Pee Wee Herman’s father, Milton Rubenfeld, was a legendary air force pilot during World War 2. When Israel declared its independence in 1947 and was attacked by its Arab neighbors, he, along with five other Jewish American pilots, donned their fatigues and fought for the

Patents … There’s a Great Future in Patents.

July 6, 2015, by

If you try to keep the Jewish Sabbath, you might have heard of KosherSwitch, which is supposed to allow observant Jews to flick switches without violating Shabbat. KosherSwitch looks like the clever brainchild of Rube Goldberg and Erwin Schrödinger. When you flick it, you’re raising a tiny plastic gate inside, which had previously separated a

Lipa Schmeltzer Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.

July 6, 2015, by

It is amazingly hard not to love Lipa Schmeltzer. The former Skverer chasid  has been banned, blacklisted and almost banished; but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves and producing some of the best Jewish music out there. Tablet Magazine’s Joe Winkler spent a day with the pop star, whom the Daily News

A Blessing on the #1 Train

July 2, 2015, by

I am taking the Broadway #1 train from Penn Station to Van Cortlandt Park in the late afternoon. Van Cortlandt Park is the last stop on the line. About three stops from the end, everyone in my car exits. I’m left alone. The door opens from another car. Enters a 30-something year old guy, big,

Tired of July 4 BBQ? Try These Healthy Recipes Instead!

July 2, 2015, by

Happy 4th! Fun American food usually means a burger and fries on the menu. Change it up a bit with fresh salmon and sweet potato/zucchini fries to boost your omega-3 intake and vitamin profile! See below for tantalizing recipes the whole family can enjoy! Starting with Dessert – Fruity 4th Popsicles Have a side..or two

Ask Aviva: Modest Mommy

July 2, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I live in a neighborhood that is slightly less observant than we are. I like diversity so I am happy where I live. But our daughter is now eight-years-old and while she used to want to copy Mommy and dress very modestly — now she is pushing to dress more like her friends