Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Provides Opportunities for Chesed

Thousands across the nation will join together on Monday, January 21, for the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. In 1994 congress designated MLK Day as a National Day of Service as a way of honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. UJA-Federation of New York’s MLK

The Expulsion of Jews From Arab Countries

Reviewing: “Uprooted,” by Lyn Julius. Vallentine Mitchell. 2018. English. Hardcover. 368 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1910383643. 

Grandfather and Granddaughter Team Up for Art Exhibit

“Growth and Change: An Artistic Interpretation” is the subject of an art exhibit being held at the Belskie Museum of Art and Science in Closter, New Jersey, through Sunday, January 27. With the New Year signaling a desire for change, the artists chosen to exhibit

Tzedaka Yomi: Changing the World $1 at a Time

Dr. Jonathan Donath wants to change the world, one dollar at a time. Several months ago he was at a Maariv minyan at the Young Israel of White Plains and put a dollar in the tzedaka box. He realized his next day’s busy schedule wouldn’t allow him the time to get to shul.

Voice and Choice: Empowering Students in Tefillah

As adults, we take for granted the opportunity to craft our own tefillah experiences. Some of us prefer the quick hashkama minyan. Some of us prefer the “ruach” minyan with more singing that is, well, less quick. Some prefer a minyan that is absolutely silent, and some

Talmud Israeli Begins the Week of December 30

Talmud Israeli-Daf Yomi for US invites you to complete Masechet Megillah in honor of Purim with its innovative learning program. Beginning the week of December 30, participating students will have the experience of learning an entire masechet in the 11 weeks before Purim.

Shimon Peres: The Early Years

I base this column on “Shimon Peres: The Biography,” by Michael Bar-Zohar (2007), parts I and II.

Bar-Zohar writes in the

Friendship Circle Provides Happy Times for CT Families

Inspired by Chabad and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Friendship Circle in Fairfield County is one of the fastest-growing Jewish organizations in the area. Located on Hope Street, in Stamford, Connecticut, the organization has worked with more than 764 volunteers since 2000,

How to Pray Better

Reviewing: “Siddur Avodat HaLev,” by Rabbinical Council of America. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2018. Hebrew/English edition. Hardcover. 1346 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9653019362.

The Chesed Mindset: A Personal Reflection

In a previous life, I worked in a job in which I received about one hundred emails a day, most of which demanded some kind of response. Needless to say, I came to despise that inbox.

A number of months ago, I had to sit

Endearing Closeness

A few years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a week in Eretz Yisrael with our bechor, Shalom, in honor of his bar mitzvah. It was a special trip and we had the zechus to meet a few gedolei Yisrael and enjoy seeing some of the beauty of the land.

Dropping the Five-Second Rule

Drop everything! Unless it’s food, because scientists have recently discovered that the “five-second rule” is not backed by science.

Thanks a lot. We already knew that.

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