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The Rabbinic Achilles Heel

March 8, 2016, by

When Achilles, the Greek mythological figure, was a baby, it was foreseen that he would die young. In an effort to protect him, his mother Thetis took him to the River Styx, which supposedly contained powers of invincibility. She immersed him into the river, but held him by his heel; as a result, the area

I Am Not My Body

March 3, 2016, by

This poem was originally recited at She’s Got Talent 2016, organized by the New York Region of NCSY. Tova Rosen, a 10th grader at the Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) in Far Rockaway, NY, was a top finalist within the competition. I am not my body. I am not my body. I am more than the

Orthodox Women Shine at NY NCSY’s She’s Got Talent

March 3, 2016, by

Three contestants were the grand winners at She’s Got Talent, the female-only competition organized by the New York Region of NCSY on Feb. 28, but it was the sold-out show itself that left the audience and participants abuzz. NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. “My only goal was to inspire and

Warren Buffet Isn’t Jewish, But His Lessons Are

March 1, 2016, by

Warren Buffett repeatedly says that he does not give stock tips.  Instead he gives out wisdom in the form of certain principles.  His gift is his extraordinary ability to relate those principles in a manner that is succinct, entertaining, compelling, and easily understood, often employing the use of aphorisms and parables. On the surface, the

Two Thirds of Americans Favor Israelis Over Palestians

March 1, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Nearly two thirds of Americans (62 percent) favor Israel more than the Palestinians, as they have done for the past seven years, according to a Gallup poll published Monday. Just 15% say their sympathies lie with the Palestinians, up from a 20% peak in 2007. One in five respondents said

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

Miriam Peretz’s Speaking Engagements

February 29, 2016, by

Monday March 14 Yeshiva University Beren (Midtown) Campus 8:30 PM (Lecture + book sale & signing)   Tuesday March 15 The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue 11 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065    

24-Hour Fundraiser Nets 80K to Keep Heart to Heart Beating Strong

February 25, 2016, by

Last week, the Jewish campus outreach movement Heart to Heart, part of the Orthodox Union’s NextGen Division, tried to raise $60,000 in 24 hours. In the end, they didn’t raise the $60,000. They raised $80,000! Heart to Heart began as a simple idea. While studying bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, Hart Levine

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