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Respecting the Sensitive, Nuanced Work of the OU and Their Poskim

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I was pleased by the overall tone and much of the content of the article (“Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership”) written by my colleagues Rabbis Adler, Helfgot, Marder, Mintz and Starr. It is admirable that while the majority of them have professional affiliations with...

On Children and Tefillah

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Approximately 13 years ago, as a representative of a Jewish foundation, I was running a Yom Tov seminar for local Jewish teens in Munich, Germany. Fifty children came to the main synagogue on Reichenbachstrasse for tefillah, and my daughter, Davida, who was three years old at the time, joined us as well. It was rare to have so many people present in shul, and it was inspiring to be able to be part of a group, in a place that had seen so much destruction, that was seeing a small revival. During Kedusha, Davida climbed up to the bima and was thoroughly enjoying herself until the rabbi stopped the tefillah. He had the shul wait in silence while she was brought back to her seat so that an...

Spotlight on Trivia Expert, Sports-Enthusiast Justin Sherman

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Have you heard of trivia night at Eden Wok or other local restaurants in New Rochelle? The genius behind these exciting competitive nights out is Justin Sherman, who also serves as the athletic director at Westchester Torah Academy. But there’s more where that came from.

Sherman has had a great deal of success wearing numerous hats and serving the community in a number of useful ways. As a sports enthusiast, Sherman captained the baseball team at Purchase College until an injury took him away from his passion to play sports more professionally. Instead, he elected to use his knowledge and skill to give coaching lessons to aspiring athletes around the community. “One lesson became...

Young Israel of Jamaica Estates Urges ‘BDS’ Mishloach Manot—Buy Israeli, Deliver Shalach Manot

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Simple concepts often reap great results! The brainchild of the Purim Committee of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York, including organizers Susan Kass, Janna Herskowitz, Rivky Orlow, Robin Appel and Gail Reichwald, BDS Mishloach Manot was inaugurated before Purim 2016. A year later, their mission is unfortunately still as urgent as it was one year ago. According to Adam Orlow, partner in The Orlow Firm, a law practice in Kew Gardens Hills, “The mission of our project is to turn the ominous Boycott, Divestment and Sanction worldwide anti-Israel movement on its head through our counter ‘Buy Israeli, Deliver Shalach Manot’ project. We are urging Jewish families...

Traveling Like a Pro: How the PEYD Team Traveled This Winter Vacation Using Airline Miles and Credit Card Points

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PART 1: Married Couple With Young Child—West Coast Trip

Winter break is always a challenging time of year to get hold of affordable airfare and travel packages. Nevertheless, this stood as no deterrent for the PEYD Team in planning their family vacations with members and staff traveling this winter season to California, Israel, Florida, Las Vegas and even Thailand. And we are happy to share our insider tricks, methods and best practices that can help minimize any out-of-pocket expenses the next time you wish to take a family vacation.

For the purposes of this article we will focus on the steps one of the PEYD partners took when he went on vacation with his wife and young child using...
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