Yachad Gifts Opens First Retail Store

August 24, 2015, by

New Store Provides Job Training and Meaningful Employment to Individuals with Disabilities   Brandon Levine, a Yachad Gifts trainee, stands before a table lined with a dozen wicker baskets. Four floors below him, Coney Island Avenue’s cacophony of honking horns provides an apt accompaniment to busy hands. Brandon sticks a glue dot on the back

Headaches and Head Coverings

August 19, 2015, by

Religion is hard, and it’s supposed to be: Love of God should, by nature, be the sort of thing that claims all your heart, all your soul, all your worth.1 Halakhic Judaism complements this truth with an equal and opposite force: God loves us, and so wills that we live,2 maintain our dignity,3 preserve our wealth,4 nurture

Great Children’s Audio Books for Your Road Trip

August 19, 2015, by

As the summer winds down, I know that many people use the last few weeks of summer for family vacations. It’s the season for long car drives. Most kids have their own devices to keep them entertained on this trips. However, it is also a great time to for your family to listen to audio

Ask Aviva: Extreme Vacationing Edition

August 13, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are opposite in a lot of ways and we are still able to have a good relationship. There is one thing that we are opposite in and it really gets in the way of things for us. I am very adventurous and she is very nervous. I love going

The Power of Now

August 13, 2015, by

One of the most famous paradoxes in Judaism, which ties into this week’s Parshat Re’eh, is Hillel’s statement in the first chapter of Ethics of our Fathers: “If I am not for myself then, Who will be for me?” Hillel clearly states that we must be autonomous, independent and not rely on others for our

How Israel Will Save the World: An Interview with Seth M. Siegel

August 12, 2015, by

Seth M. Siegel is fond of the quote popularly attributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “If you want to properly acquaint yourself with a subject, write a book about it.” That’s what Siegel did. His debut book, “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World” (St. Martin’s Press) goes on sale in September

The Metabolic Boost

August 12, 2015, by

I’m sure that you’ve probably been to a simcha and stood at the reception with your mouth wide open in amazement and watched as someone as skinny as a beanpole downs three pieces of cake. You say to yourself, “If I did that, my clothes wouldn’t fit anymore.” What’s the difference between that person and

Planned (Frum) Parenting

August 11, 2015, by

I do not think that I am a great parent; I do not know if I am even a good one. Nonetheless, even those of us whose accomplishments are mediocre or worse learn from experience and can thus ascend the soap box once in a while to share advice with others (or to rant, based

Why Are Young People Leaving Religion?

August 10, 2015, by

You Lost Me is the title of a recent and provocative book by David Kinnaman, a devout Christian and a sociologist. Through extensive surveys he sought to answer the question that makes up his subtitle:Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith. It was a fascinating read for me as an orthodox Jew because

Will He Run? Starbucks CEO Finds Inspiration in Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel

August 10, 2015, by

In this remarkable op-ed from the New York Times, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz isn’t giving a definitive answer whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential campaign. However, he does posit this remarkable piece of wisdom from Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel z’tl of the Mir Yeshiva who died in 2011. The two visited the Old City and

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