Sunday, July 23, 2017


‘Soon by You’ Web Series Shares Joys and Plights of the Modern Orthodox Dating Scene

For some of us who’ve been through it, it’ll be like taking a trip down memory lane. To those of us who have kids in the dating scene it’ll be a glimpse into what our kids go through. And to those of us just looking for a romcom with a Modern Orthodox angle, this will fit the bill. What meets all these criteria?

Yeshiva University Launches Associate Degree Program

New York—Yeshiva University’s Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies has announced the launch of a new associate degree program that will expand opportunities for a broader range of students to take advantage of the university’s unique undergraduate educational experience.

Hot Sauce Coming Through

Every year when I go to Kosherfest, I gain an appreciation for the diversity and the ingenuity of the Jewish people. And about 10 pounds.

Kosherfest is a trade fair that allows companies in the kosher food industry to showcase their latest products and examine recent market trends, such as the

Reflecting in Advance of Thanksgiving

We are putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving luncheon invitation, which we will distribute to our residents and their families. Yet, I hold back from posting them too early. So much can happen before Thanksgiving: some of our residents might not live to see that day and some others might become too frail to participate in our

Team OHEL Keeps on Running at TCS NYC Marathon

Sunday, November 6,was a bright, brisk fall day that presented people with two choices: to cozy up with hot chocolate and warm sweaters or try and conquer the TCS New York City Marathon. Among those intrepid enough to opt for the latter were a dozen dedicated and inspirational runners comprising Team

What Your Wedding Band Wishes You Knew

There is so much work that goes into the event before the band even shows up to the simcha. Playing an instrument or singing a song is different from writing an arrangement. Not everyone can arrange music—which includes harmonies, melodies and parts for the various instruments. The arrangements can take a great

4 Wine Buying Tips for Weddings

(BPT) Traditional wedding rules have fallen by the wayside—food trucks are in, having a hashtag is a must, bridesmaids no longer wear the same dress and groomsmen are sometimes in sneakers. Couples are actively seeking ways to differentiate themselves and get creative. All that aside, there is one thing that remains

Reflections of a Rikers Island High Holidays Rabbi

I am afraid. Alarms are ringing, our unit’s door slams shut—all while I am in the middle of leading a learning service at Rikers Island on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. A moment later, I see big officers, with heavy protective wear and clunky helmets, charging down the hallway to the adjacent unit. An officer was just brutally

Falling Forward

Since I’ve made aliyah over four years ago, something invariably happens to me this time of year. Maybe it’s because I’m an autumn baby born into the crisp month of November. Or maybe it’s the Scottish-Canadian ancestry running cool through my veins. Whatever the cause, it starts around early October and lingers

Votey McVoteface

Over the past few months, I’ve gotten a lot of requests from readers to write about the upcoming historic election for what will probably be the last president of the United States. As of now, I don’t have an opinion, because I’ve been trying to ignore it. And hoping it goes away.

Navigating the College Application Process: How to Help Your Child

High school can be an exciting, creative and stimulating time, but it is also wrought with academic, social and interpersonal challenges. Students have the daunting task of managing a social life, grades and trying to build a resumé for college. Throw in the SAT and ACT, and it’s no wonder they are stressed! In fact, despite the fact

Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community: Physical Abuse

Part IV

I Am Scared: Physical Abuse

Sara wears long sleeves in the summer; she used to wear elbow-length sleeves, which was much cooler and more comfortable on those hot days. But the long sleeves are safer—no one can see the scars. The abuse started slowly,

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