Join Us in Celebrating a Shabbat of Solidarity with Israel

October 15, 2015, by

Our tradition teaches us that the most effective weapon in the arsenal of the Jewish people is our unity. Even the wicked King Ahab, an idol worshipper, met with success in his wars to defend our people in the merit of Jewish unity. We therefore join with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish

Five Changes I Made To My Life in Israel

October 14, 2015, by

Alexandra Benjamin wrote the following post on Facebook. In the wake of almost 30 terrorists attacks in Israel, she wrote about the five changes she made to her life and five things she refuses to change. We are grateful to Alexandra for allowing us to share this. Five Changes I Have Made to My Behaviour

Does Money Buy Happiness? Maybe!

October 13, 2015, by

Does money buy happiness? Well, yes—or no—or maybe-sometimes. The question that begs to be asked really is do you need money to be happy? The answer is really yes, no, and maybe. It all depends on how we look at the situation. Over my 19 years as a fitness professional and wellness coach, there barely

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

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