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The Social Event of the Spring

March 12, 2015, by

The OU Jewish Communities Fair is just around the corner, but those interested in learning more about participating communities don’t have to wait until Sunday, April 26 to establish a connection. Featuring 45 American communities, along with Nefesh B’Nefesh to help with interests of those considering aliyah, each community has utilized social media to educate

The Battle For the “Soul” of Israel: Zionism is Not Enough

March 12, 2015, by

A few months ago, a group of soldiers from Unit 8200, one of the IDF’s most elite intelligence units, sent a letter to their commanding officer refusing to be involved in the airstrikes on Gaza. The soldiers claimed that that the tactic was immoral and unethical. The letter, as shocking as it was, reminded me

When the Guest You Invite Over is Itzhak Perlman

March 11, 2015, by

Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I have referred to seeing Billy Joel in concert at Madison Square Garden as a spiritual experience. His performance this week was no exception. How else can you explain what it feels like to belt out your favorite song with 20,000 strangers who feel the same way? A lover of many genres of

“Peace Ring” in Oslo Brings Hope…and a Powerful Lesson

March 3, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on Inspireconversation.com, a blog inspiring conversation between parents and their children. Inspireconversation.com Editor’s Note: When we first read about this story in the press, we were very impressed and really happy to read it. We drafted an article about it so that parents and teens could discuss this very special event.

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part Two

February 25, 2015, by

Due to popular demand, we present more unique twists on our Purim classics by popular kosher bloggers…because there are just too many exciting options to fit into one page! Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should

Hundreds Celebrate NCSY’s Past and Future

February 23, 2015, by

Heartfelt reminiscences and humorous anecdotes abounded as NCSY celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Ben Zakkai Honor Society’s NCSY National Scholarship Reception. Held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan on February 8, two hundred guests joined in the meaningful evening as four former NCSY participants were welcomed into the prestigious honor society

Hamantaschen: New Twists on a Holiday Classic – Part I

February 19, 2015, by

We’ve reached out to three popular bloggers to share some easy, delicious and not-your-Bubby’s-style hamantaschen. Please note the following is a collection of meat, dairy and pareve hamantaschen and in observance with Jewish dietary laws the meat and dairy hamantaschen should not be eaten together. Enjoy! CookKosher By Leah Schapira Savory Deli Hamantaschen (Meat) Yield:

Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

February 19, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on TorahMusings.com Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic with choosing a name simply because you like it

Ask Aviva: Summer Bummin’

February 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m having some issues with how to deal with “moving on.” It’s nothing major, but my family spent the past three summers away from home at a program on a college campus. My husband worked on the program and I had the freedom to be a “Camp Mommy” and traipse all around the town—or state—having fun