Life

Ask Aviva: Summer Bummin’

February 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m having some issues with how to deal with “moving on.” It’s nothing major, but my family spent the past three summers away from home at a program on a college campus. My husband worked on the program and I had the freedom to be a “Camp Mommy” and traipse all around the town—or state—having fun

Ask Aviva: Stay at Home Dad

February 12, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I lost my job last year when my wife was 6 months pregnant with our fourth child. She had been a stay at home mom for all these years, even though she has a medical degree. We decided that the most financially sound thing for us to do is for her to go back to

And Nothing But the Truth

February 10, 2015, by

We may be jaded and we may be cynical but the sad reality is that we don’t expect that our political leaders are going to tell the truth. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” “Read my lips, no new taxes.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” “I am

Ask Aviva: Plumped up

February 4, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’ll just come out with it: I am an overweight person. I haven’t always been overweight, but after a few pregnancies, and the joys and distractions of motherhood, I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I’d rather not have. But, I choose to be happy and not worry about it at the moment where

Who Needs a Rabbi?

February 3, 2015, by

My wife’s grandfather, a Hasid who was trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades before moving to Brooklyn, used to enjoy being asked who his rebbe was. After all, every good Hasid needs a rebbe. He would say that God is his rebbe, not any man. He answered to God and only God. That was

Lessons from a Father of a Special Needs Child

January 29, 2015, by

R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally recorded before a live audience. The short length (under 18 minutes) and entertaining quality of these

Ask Aviva: Sour Sibling-in-Law

January 28, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am having an issue with my sibling-in-law. Whenever said in-law comes to visit, she makes herself too comfortable in my home. She opens my fridge, eats whatever she pleases, and uses her own utensils at the dinner table to scrape off the food from the main serving utensil, which I find quite distasteful! This in-law

Why We All Need Holocaust Memorial Day

This article originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Today, Holocaust Memorial Day, will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This year we will also remember the 12 people killed in the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the murdered policewoman and the four customers in a Jewish supermarket, shot

Photoshopping Angela Merkel

January 21, 2015, by

There’s been a lot of buzz about the ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper HaMevaser photoshopping the women leaders out of a photograph of the unity march in Paris. People have had a number of reactions, largely informed by their already-existing positions on matters ranging from sexism to anti-Semitism. I’m going to share my personal reflections on these

Orthodox Jewish All Stars

January 15, 2015, by

Last month, Jew in the City selected their annual Orthodox Jewish All-Stars. From running a fashion company to being a Disney animator discover the surpriing indivudlas who, incredibly, are able to balance being an Orthodox Jew with a demanding, high-profile career. See more at Jew in the City.