What Does Ultra Mean to You?

February 26, 2014, by

What’s so “ultra” about striving to observe Torah law, and make it part of one’s life, as Orthodox Jews do? Rabbi Avi Shafran asks this question in Don’t Call Us ‘Ultra-Orthodox’, an Op-Ed published on The Jewish Daily Forward website. Shafran, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, believes the term “ultra” (Latin for “beyond”), when used

Zach Braff Stars in New Ad for Yeshiva University

February 13, 2014, by

The popular actor, famous for his role as Dr. John Dorian in the television show “Scrubs,” is part of Yeshiva University’s “Nowhere But Here” campaign. The video, part ad, part Purim Shpiel, has Braff talking about where he went for a great Jewish and secular education. (Braff, who describes himself as having a strong “Conservative/Orthodox upbringing,” actually went

Preparing For The Big Shabbat

February 11, 2014, by

If I had nine months to plan my wedding, I probably would have been a calmer bride. Probably not.  I don’t handle the unknown well. As a new kallah, one of my mentors reminded me and my chattan that the wedding day was just a few hours long and advised us not to get hung

An Inclusive Job Fair: Would We Not Want That For Everyone?

January 28, 2014, by

In his recent article, “Workplaces for Everyone,” published on, Micah Fleisig writes, “Aside from financial necessities that jobs support, individuals obviously gather more than just money through work. People receive purpose, organization and routine, confidence, relationships, and a place in a community. Jobs allow people to face and overcome challenges, learn from others, learn

Does Your Child’s Yeshiva Leave Money on the Table?

January 8, 2014, by

Prior to joining OU Advocacy, the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, as the Associate Regional Director in Pennsylvania, Michelle Twersky served as a government relations coordinator at a Jewish day school in the Greater New York area. “The fact that this school even had a position of government relations coordinator demonstrates how

I Lived the PEW Report

December 19, 2013, by

Some people are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), others experience “winter blues” — both characteristically marked by feelings of melancholy and restlessness from the cold temperatures and lack of sun.  Although I am not diagnosed with S.A.D, I do find myself “seasonally affected” in the days leading up to Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day,

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