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Going Viral: Thoughts on the BBC Interview Blooper

March 17, 2017, by

It was the surprise hit of the season. Professor Robert Kelly is an expert on South Korean politics. He was conducting an interview with the BBC from his home office on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye when his two young children wandered into the shot. First, his four-year-old daughter, Marion, literally danced

OU Jewish Communities Fair Snapshot: Highland Park/Edison, NJ

March 16, 2017, by

Growing up in Bergen County, I didn’t think there was any other place in New Jersey where Jews could flourish. I met a guy from South Jersey – he worked there, and I worked in Manhattan, so we needed to find a home halfway. We spent a Shabbos in Highland Park/Edison, and it felt very

Empowering Orthodox Women through Art and Creativity

March 16, 2017, by

For its tenth anniversary year, ATARA (The Association for Torah and the Arts) held its annual Creative and Performing Arts Convention for Women in Baltimore, MD over the first weekend in March. The first time hosted by a Jewish community outside of New York or New Jersey, professional musicians, dancers, theater artists, filmmakers, creative writers

OU Jewish Communities Fair Snapshot:​ Southfield, MI

March 16, 2017, by

When Ariella Shaffren moved to Southfield, MI, from Teaneck, NJ, in 2012, one of the first things she noticed was the more relaxed pace of life. Find out more about Southfield at the OU Jewish Communities Fair on April 30 “No one honks their cars, no one is rushing anywhere, and commutes to work match

The Charms of Rochester, NY

March 8, 2017, by

Nestled on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY is known for its slightly unpredictable weather and family-friendly living – Orthodox Jewish families included. Find out more about Rochester at the OU Jewish Communities Fair on April 30 With three Orthodox shuls and several Chabad centers, two day schools, separate boys’ and girls’ yeshiva

My National Service

March 6, 2017, by

Three o’clock on a winter Friday afternoon, with a four-month-old baby in my left hand, I am tacking olive-green fatigues onto a laundry line with my right. My husband needs these uniforms dry in time to pack Saturday night because he’ll be davening at neitz on Sunday before leaving at seven AM for another long

Some People Make It Difficult

March 6, 2017, by

In a few recent opinion pieces, I’ve made passing mention of having some Muslim friends. This is important because many observant Jews don’t know any Muslims at all, with the result that everything they know about Muslims comes from reports of terrorism in the news. This, of course, is a grave injustice to the overwhelming

Academy Award-Winning Negligence

March 2, 2017, by

I don’t watch the Academy Awards. I never have; they hold absolutely no interest for me. Nevertheless, even as a party both disinterested and uninterested, I feel that the gaffe at the Oscars was more than unfortunate. It was disgraceful. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, here’s what happened:

Misguided Zeal?

February 23, 2017, by

I’d like to discuss a recent incident that took place at the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS) in Florida. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg invited motivational speaker Matthew Kelly to speak. From there, things got ugly. (It bears mentioning that BRS is an OU-member synagogue, though I’ve never been there and I don’t know Rabbi Goldberg.) A particular

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