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Sometimes You Have to Be Hated

May 9, 2017, by

A musician whose work I enjoy recently released an album of experimental music. This was followed by a blog post of a less-than-complimentary review. The thing is, the reviewer complained about the album being exactly all the things that it’s supposed to be. One commenter said that it’s like going to a death metal concert

7 Ways to Be A Better Mom

May 8, 2017, by

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I always tell my kids that being a Mom is the best job out there. However, it definitely is one of those jobs where you can feel unappreciated.

Open Your Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

Let’s learn Torah together in honor of this momentous Yom Yerushalayim. Join over 300 synagogues, schools and organizations nationwide participating in the OU’s Yom Yerushalayim Video Learning Event — check out the full program at ou.org/yy For those of us old enough, it is difficult to fathom that fifty years have passed since the crackling sound of

If I Forget You, Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

I am jealous of my son. He is going on a field trip to the Old City of Yerushalayim tomorrow. As much as I would love to go with him, I was surprised to learn that not all of the mothers of his classmates feel the same way. About a year ago, when all of

Does “Understanding All Sides” Include Defending Hitler?

May 2, 2017, by

The title of this article is something of a feint. Of course, neither I nor this web site entertain for the slightest instant the possibility that “understanding all sides” could extend so far as justifying Hitler’s atrocities. This I’m sure comes as no surprise. What may surprise you – and should dismay you – is

Meet 8 of Israel’s Newest Citizens

May 1, 2017, by

  SUE FRIEDMAN: Born and raised in Germany, Sue Friedman was only 10 years old when she began collecting money for Israel with Habonim. When she was 13 years old in 1938, her family moved to Queens, though she remained focused on getting to Israel. It wasn’t until 1964 when she and her late husband,

Family Purity, 2.0: Check Out The Mikvah App

May 1, 2017, by

It takes two MIT-educated graduates with a keen understanding of halachah and a passion to help ease the use of family purity for every Jewish family, to develop the only Mikvah app of its kind for iPhone and Android. Three weeks ago, MikvahCalendar.com was the first automatic system to introduce a Pattern Calculation System for kavuah, a mathematic

Gracie Allen, Talmudic Scholar

April 27, 2017, by

Reporter: Where were you born? Gracie: San Francisco. Reporter: And were you the oldest? Gracie: Oh, no! My parents were much older! I’ve been enjoying a lot of Burns and Allen lately. George Burns was the straight man and his wife, Gracie Allen, got all the laughs. But while her high-pitched voice was real, her

Political Correctness

April 26, 2017, by

If one weighs with weights that are deficient by the standards agreed upon in his locality, or measures with a measuring vessel deficient by the agreed standards, he violates a negative commandment, for Scripture states (Vayikra 19:35), ‘You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in length, in weight, or in measure. – Maimonides, Mishneh Torah

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