Thursday, November 14, 2019

Features

By the Numbers

Does our community have a teenage substance use problem? And if it does, how big is it? And what should we do about it?

Given how important the answers to these questions are, you’d think we would have a firm grasp on the answers, a clear understanding of the scope of the issue and how best to address

A New Form of Anti-Semitism Through Social Media

The recent surge in technological usage has created a place for hateful statements to be made without repercussion. Celebrities, politicians and other idolized social media personas have taken this opportunity to voice their controversial opinions through their large public platforms. However, these outlets are not the only source of

‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Documentary @ JCC

The JCC in Scarsdale was selected as one of the first venues in the U.S. to get the film rights to “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.” The film was screened in mid-June, with a more widespread release slated for August, and attests to the high-caliber, cutting-edge arts and programming that

YU to Host Sivan Rahav Meir

Yeshiva University, the Center for Israel Studies and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought are excited to welcome Sivan Rahav Meir, an Israeli television newscaster, radio personality and Torah teacher to Yeshiva University for the 2019-2020 academic year as a distinguished visiting lecturer and a shaliach

YU to Host Sivan Rahav Meir

Yeshiva University, the Center for Israel Studies and the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought are excited to welcome Sivan Rahav Meir, an Israeli television newscaster, radio personality and Torah teacher to Yeshiva University for the 2019-2020 academic year as a distinguished visiting lecturer and a shaliach

‘Shtisel’ Live: Celebrating a Much-Loved Story of Humanity

The question “What gives a story about haredi Jews in Geula a universal appeal and fervent fan base?” can’t be answered with a one-liner. On June 13, at Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center, the show’s cast and producer addressed this query. An audience of over 2,000 attended Shtisel: Screening and Discussion, moderated by

Camp HASC Staff Orientation: Ready to Go

(Courtesy of Camp HASC) Over 500 staff members spent an intensive three days training for the upcoming summer at camp, featuring comprehensive presentations, workshops and sessions led by professionals from Camp HASC, as well as outside experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities

Getting Ready for Camp

It’s that time of year again. As the school year winds down, with students knee deep in finals and reports and the teachers overloaded with papers to mark, thoughts inevitably turn to summer.

For those of us who are sending children to camp, the end of the school year also means the appearance of the

Swimming with Malakhi: Poolside Generational Lessons for Summer and Beyond

In “Everything in its Place,” Oliver Sacks’ final work before his passing, the world renowned neurologist and author, opens with a section called “First Loves.”  His first chapter in this section is called “Water Babies” describing his lifetime passion for swimming.

As I read it, the

My First White Rose on Father’s Day

It’s always easy to tell that Father’s Day is approaching because we are inundated with electronic and paper advertisements for what are deemed the best in Father’s Day gifts. This year, these just added to the grief I have been feeling over the recent loss of my father. This is my first fatherless Father’s Day and it

Study the Talmud: A Retrospective on Herman Wouk and His (Very Jewish) Life

Herman Wouk passed on May 17, of this year, just a few days before his 104th birthday. A Pulitzer Prize winner (“The Caine Mutiny,” 1951) and prolific author, Wouk endured great criticism of his work throughout his career, including a good deal from his fellow Jews. Yet he never let this deter him from writing. As he gained

Again, But Not Again

In Parshat Naso the Torah tells of the Nesi’im, the leaders of each tribe, giving gifts to the Mishkan. Each gift was exactly the same, and yet the Torah lists each one, repeating the details twelve times. Why is this? Why not just stop after the first gift and say “and all the others gave the same?”

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