Calling special attention to the important mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick), which is an integral component of Torah Judaism, the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Services, in conjunction with the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, presents a free communal symposium, Understanding the Meaning and Ramifications of Bikur Cholim for the Community, on Motzei Shabbat, Saturday night, May 3, 9:30 to 11:00 p.m. It will be held in Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, 641 West Englewood Avenue in Teaneck.
When you communicate with your kids how much of that communication is loving and how much is angry or disciplinary? According to Sarah Chana Radcliffe’s rule, your child should feel your love more than your discipline, and she’ll give you pointers how. That’s just one of the many things she reminds us in the new OU Radio parenting series Raise Your Kids, Not Your Voice, presented by the Orthodox Union.
There is a memorial on one block in East Berlin where there are elevated stones with names on them. Many of these stones represent individuals, some of them families, and then there are those which represent synagogues and their constituencies. The constant change in elevation makes it physically difficult to walk down that block in East Berlin; what the stones represent makes it spiritually challenging to walk anywhere in Germany. For a ten-day period, 18 Long Island NCSYers chose to walk in Germany, recognizing the physical and spiritual challenges that such a place represents. This challenge was epitomized on our group’s experience spanning Taanit Esther through Purim and the subsequent Shabbat.
Attention all students! Tired of studying and cramming for exams? Here is your chance to take a break and to show your creativity. The Orthodox Union’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program today announced a photo contest, in which students on the 15 JLIC campuses across the country will have an opportunity to submit their best pictures depicting Jewish life at their school and to win great prizes.
Tired of the same old Passover recipes? Sick of making matzah sandwiches and snacking on stale macaroons? For those seeking to liven up their holiday fare, the Passover website of the Orthodox Union, www.oupassover.org, will once again this year offer valuable assistance to those preparing meals for the seder and the rest of the holiday by providing a large number of recipes together with other food-related features.
In the grand tradition of Jewish parody bands like Shlock Rock and Variations, NCSY now presents its own Jewish spin on popular music songs. The release of The Jewish Version, featuring newcomer Ben Klein and distributed by the company Adere, takes latest hits from the secular music world and translates them to the Jewish world, substituting the lyrics with predominant Jewish themes and phrases.
In a colorful new format and as usual crammed full of information to facilitate Passover preparation and observance, the OU Guide to Passover 5768/2008 is now available. An annual special issue of OU’s Jewish Action magazine, the Guide has been redesigned and filled with color features as well as advertising.
In recognition that this year Passover begins on Saturday night, the Guide includes a section which explains what to do when Passover falls immediately following Shabbat, as it does this year, on April 19.
Every year, Jews around the world anticipate hearing the pivotal four questions at their seder tables: this year they’ll be asking themselves a fifth one: Why is this Passover different from most others?
Passover typically inspires a great many things – cleaning frenzies, traditional rituals such as biur (burning) and bedikat (checking for) chametz, and purchasing boxes of matzah and large quantities of food. One more thing Passover frequently inspires is a host of questions on topics including how the Passover dietary laws differ from the rest of the year, the proper times for burning chametz and starting the sedarim, and other important Passover related facts. In 2006, the Orthodox Union launched a website, www.oupassover.org, that puts to rest any of the uncertainties these issues and many others arouse.
The website, which was recently updated for 2008, is a one-stop shop for all Passover-related queries. Subjects range from recipe substitutions and cleaning tips, to kosherizing household items for Passover and the proper amounts of the traditional food and wine that must be consumed at the seder.