The Wisdom of the Dreidle Comfort in an Impossible World

December 15, 2014, by

Can a simple top, a delightful toy for children, really speak to me in the aftermath of tragedy? In the aftermath of a Har Nof? Although some might suggest otherwise, questioning how a mere toy, could possibly carry the weight of such an event, I believe that the dreidel in fact can afford insight into

70 Days for 70 Years

December 11, 2014, by

70 years ago, six million of our people were murdered in the darkest period of our history. In the world, there is a time for everything under the sun: a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to refrain and a time to learn, a time to remember and a time

Alan Gross Released by Cuba Following Five Year Imprisonment

December 11, 2014, by

UPDATE: Alan Gross has been released by Cuba and is currently on his way to the US. Read below about last week’s efforts by synagogues across the country to pray for Gross’s release. The roots of the mitzvah of pidyon sh’vuyim, redemption of the imprisoned, can be found in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev. The

Ask Aviva: Dragging to the Doctor

December 11, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am a woman in my mid-30s and I take proper care of myself: regular check-ups, flu shot, dentist appointments every 6 months, etc… My husband of 15 years, however, is the exact opposite. I feel like I am fighting a child every time I gently remind him it’s time for a flu

What Real Bitachon Feels Like

December 10, 2014, by

Imagine a five-year-old, walking with her mother into the hospital for her second chemotherapy treatment. The little girl knows what’s coming. She remembers the pain. She understands the nausea. She knows what it’s like to brush her hair and watch clumps come out. Yet, she holds her mother’s hand, and goes along, because “Mommy said

Yeshiva Student Stabbed At Chabad Headquarters

December 9, 2014, by

Police shot and killed a man who stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli student early this morning at Chabad World Headquarters in Brooklyn. Please recite tehillim for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel. The Daily News has the latest on the attack.

Strength from Pain

November 26, 2014, by

I went to visit the family of Zidan Saif today. (Editor’s note: For those who do not know Zidan Saif was the Druze police officer who was the first responder on the scene of the Har Nof synagogue attack). There were no other visitors when I got there, and his parents and wife were extremely

Should We Still Be Watching The Cosby Show?

November 26, 2014, by

Bill Cosby is in serious trouble. Rape allegations have dogged him for years and they’ve finally caught up with him. The last few times such allegations popped up, they quickly went away. This is in part because Cosby is so loved. People couldn’t bear the thought of toppling America’s foremost father figure from his hard-won

Elijah Moment Campaign to Pay it Forward this Season

November 26, 2014, by

Will we make a difference in someone’s life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will we take the time to make someone’s day? You may have seen it or heard about it but if not, now is the time to experience and share the Elijah Moment Campaign. An Elijah moment is