A Very Urban Sukkot

October 2, 2015, by

Sukkos – for many, it’s summer’s last hurrah. Being outdoors, hopefully in green, lush and warm (or not too cold) surroundings. A pleasant return to nature before autumn really kicks in. A great time to spend away from home, perhaps in a rural environment. (Imagine spending Sukkos at a sleepaway camp or a bungalow colony…)

Wach: A Summer on Yad B’Yad

October 1, 2015, by

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend a summer on Yachad NJCD’s Yad B’Yad summer program? Each year dozens of teenagers from across the United States journey to Israel with their disabled peers to experience the wonders of Israel. Watch this video for a glimpse of how life-changing a summer on Yad B’Yad can be.

Thanking God for the Little Things on Sukkot

September 24, 2015, by

In our last article we discussed how difficult it can be for parents, especially mothers, to focus on the spiritual aspects of this time period. It is the holiest time of year on the Jewish calendar. However, parents are often working at a disadvantage because the holidays usually coincide with the end of summer camp

Bringing Stolen Torahs Back Home

September 20, 2015, by

We often mistranslate teshuva as repentance, but that is not exactly accurate. The Alter Rebbe, R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains that teshuva is not reserved for sinners. The root of the word teshuva is lashuv, to return. Teshuva is about returning our souls to the pure, pristine state in which we receieved them. Even

OU Israel Brings 160 At-Risk Teens to Yerushalayim for a Day of Learning and Prayer

September 17, 2015, by

On Thursday, September 17, the second day of the Ten Days of Repentance, OU Israel’s Jack E. Gindi Oraita Program for at-risk Israeli teens, primarily from low-socioeconomic communities, brought 160 teens to Yerushalayim for an educational day of learning and growth. This was the first time that many of these teens visited Yerushalayim and prayed

Ask Aviva: Clingy in College

September 17, 2015, by

I am 19 years old and am worried that I have a problem. My best friend just told me that she doesn’t want to be friends anymore because I am too needy and too draining for her. The problem is, I know she’s right. A guy I was dating for six months broke up with me recently

The Teshuva of Shabbat

September 16, 2015, by

(Excerpt from When God is Near: On the High Holidays, by Rabbi Yehuda Amital) For decades, thousands from around the world gathered to join Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l as he led the High Holiday prayers at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Right before the most critical points in the services, at moments of high spiritual intensity, he

The 8 Item Repentance Checklist

September 16, 2015, by

Can you check off these items? If not, which one will you strengthen?   The purpose of this checklist is to focus your attention to areas you may want to improve. Look over this list and choose one area you are motivated to address. Just focus on that area and once you have strengthened it,

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