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113-year-old Jewish woman now oldest person in the US

May 18, 2016, by

From The JTA: The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie. After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American. Since the death of another Goldie, 114-year-old Goldie Steinberg last year, Michelson has likely been the oldest Jew in

Giving Our Kids The Benefit of The Doubt

May 11, 2016, by

In this week’s Parsha we read the the most important mitzvah in the Torah according to Rabbi Akiva: v’ahavta l’rei’echa kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” How can we love our neighbor as ourselves? One way is to give the benefit of the doubt, dan l’kaf zchut. We want to always try to put ourselves in

I Accidentally Hired an Orthodox Rabbi for My Father’s Funeral

May 11, 2016, by

Adele Levin writes for The Washington Post about how she accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral. Levin only realizes after meeting Rabbi Eli Fink that she’s called the wrong rabbi and the mix-up has the makings of a screwball comedy: “We gathered in the funeral home: my sister, my Swiss mother with

From a Position of Strength

May 11, 2016, by

Most people seem to focus in on his or her weaknesses and negative behaviors. It’s almost natural. Even traditional (and perhaps outdated) psychology is centered on what’s wrong and then how to correct it. What if we took a different approach and tried to find a person’s strengths, no matter how many negatives there might be?

10 Item Daily Checklist

May 9, 2016, by

The activities we do can be divided into two categories: Those which vary day by day and those we do on a daily basis. Over time, which category will have the greatest impact on our lives? Generally, the things we do on a regular basis define us and determine if our lives are full of

Preparing for Pesach Again—Thank God

April 21, 2016, by

As we head into the final stretches of Pesach preparation, we anticipate the tension increasing: so much to do, so little time to do it, and to squeeze it all into very set time frames – and then staying up quite late for two Sedarim in a row. It is real “crunch time” and a period that

Thanking Those Who Packed Our Parachutes, The Essence of Dayeinu

April 19, 2016, by

It is almost impossible to imagine the Seder night without the singing of dayeinu.  Young children to octogenarians can be found humming the addictive melody to dayeinu.  Interestingly, the Rambam does not have dayeinu in his Hagaddah and even Rav Saadia Gaon whose Hagaddah serves essentially as the basis for ours, only has dayeinu as

Recipes & Tips for Eating Low Carb on Passover

April 14, 2016, by

  If I were stuck on a dessert Island and I had to pick just one ingredient to take with me, it would probably be potatoes. Potatoes are delicious, full of carbs to keep me energized, and incredibly versatile. You can eat them mashed, fried, in gnocchi or kugel, as a crisp latke or creamy chremsel. Which

Jay Leno raises $50,000 for Israeli EMS service, Donates Ambulance

April 12, 2016, by

From the Jerusalem Post: Comedian Jay Leno raised 50,000 for and donated a $36,000 fully equipped ambulance to United Hatzalah at a sold-out special concert fundraiser for Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. The former Tonight Show host performed a long comedy set and called

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has 1m in PA-Linked Equity Fund

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy,

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