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Donkey Kong, Secret Agent Man, and Reframing

September 28, 2017, by

Have you ever had days (weeks? months?) when you felt like your life had become a wearing, stumbling cha-cha of “two steps forward and one step back”?  (Or worse yet, one step forward and two steps back?) When you felt like your every moment was a furious but futile attempt to scramble up the down escalator, in hope of

Rate My Service

September 28, 2017, by

This article appears courtesy of aish.com I recently needed some guitar supplies for a kumzitz. I didn’t feel like shlepping to the stores I normally go to, and wondered if there was a closer store I might have overlooked. With the help of Google, I discovered a store called Mike’s Music, that was located only

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

September 28, 2017, by

I ran into a strange Halachic debate with my students in class this week. The question under discussion was this. Let’s say someone ate and then used the facilities and they now need to say both “Asher Yatzar” and “Bracha Achrona”.  Which comes first? So the Maharshal says that Asher Yatzar is first priority because

A Prayer for the Days of Awe

September 19, 2017, by

Master of the Universe, let us make up. It is time. How long can we go on being angry? More than 50 years have passed since the nightmare was lifted. Many things, good and less good, have since happened to those who survived it. They learned to build on ruins. Family life was re-created. Children

The Smartphone’s Impact is Nothing New

September 18, 2017, by

Upon the release of the latest iteration of the iPhone, the New York Times shared what they called “a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek look at all the things this ubiquitous gadget has laid to waste.” Forgive me for sounding like a company man but I don’t see the downside in losing the things we have allegedly lost.

Confessions of an iPhone Addict

September 18, 2017, by

I remember buying my first smartphone. I was at a point in my life where aside from calling my friends and family, there was no need to be constantly available by email, facebook, text, and phone. But there was something appealing about the idea of having the internet at my fingertips and I splurged. A

Reflections Before Rosh HaShanah

September 18, 2017, by

Personal Post-Storm Rosh Hashanah Reflections The recent storms in Houston and the Southeast have dominated our thoughts, emotions and efforts.  They have also introduced new and renewed relationships for me and my colleagues at the Orthodox Union. We have received an extraordinary number of calls and emails, sharing information and sharing feelings.  In this spirit,

Spiritual Safe Space

September 15, 2017, by

The term “safe space” on university campuses generally refers to an autonomous place created for students who feel marginalized by society. Students who feel alienated gather together to communicate regarding their experiences and feelings of being excluded. While a safe space asylum may be equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets,

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