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Please Say Tehillim & Prayers for Those in Mumbai

Please say tehillim and include in your prayers all those injured and taken hostage in the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India(Bombay). The hebrew names for Rabbi Holtzberg, his wife, and their son, their Hebrew names are: Rabbi Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma, Mrs. Rivka bas Yehudis and their baby, Moshe Tzvi ben Rivka Ron Coleman […]

Do You Have a Travel Agent?

By Rabbi Mordechai Rhine The story of Yakov and Esav is a fascinating one. Yakov is a moral person who is spiritually focused. Esav’s goals are entirely on material success and enjoyment, and he uses improper and evil means to achieve his goals. Yet when it comes to the spiritual blessings, Esav desperately believes in […]

Review of Sondra’s Search – About Being Jewish in Rural Kansas

By Sybil Kaplan Most writers write about what they know best, their own lives and experiences. This is the case of Ester Katz Silvers in “Sondra’s Search,” a novel for middle school and high school youth. The prologue introduces the reader to the heroine, Sondra Apfelbaum, who is returning from Israel with her fiancé. The […]

How Do You Tell People They’re Doing Certain Mitzvos Improperly?

My children are good friends with children in the S family. Although the S family shared with us that they are relatively recent BT’s, their background is not widely known. Recently my 13 yo daughter mentioned to me that the S’s do not sift their flour. I suggested to her that she tell her friend […]

It Takes a Village – Part 2

When I speak about my dear friend and mentor, Esther, Z’l, I feel as if I am not only mourning the loss of a dear friend, but I am also mourning the loss of the very soul which helped my neshama, and my husband and children’s neshamas, to return to G-d. When Marsha Smagley, of […]

Inspire, Be Inspired, Female Inspiration

Project Inspire – Know What to Answer Project Inspire is sponsoring a three-part program at the Young Israel of Queens Valley to instruct members of the frum community to effectively engage in kiruv discussions and activities. The second session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. The cost for the entire […]

Laying the Foundations of the Future

As a high school rebbe, I often find comfort in the following midrash: On one occasion, Rabbi Akiva looked up from his lesson to discover his students dozing. (If even Rabbi Akiva couldn’t always keep his students engaged, who I am to think I can?) Rabbi Akiva employed a curious solution. “In what merit did […]

Them and Us

By From Within BTs. FFBs. So much has been written about how different we are, and, at the same time, how similar. And that’s just it, right? If we were just either one – so similar or so different from one another – there would be no conflict, no comparison. All the attendant feelings, on […]

A Practical Guide to Paying a Shiva Call

By Lori Palatnik When one pays a shiva call, the focus is on comforting the mourners in their time of greatest grief. Traditionally, one enters the shiva house quietly with a small knock so as not to startle those inside. No one needs to greet visitors; they simply enter on their own. Food or drinks […]

Parenting Expo by Priority-1 on Sunday, November 16th

Parents are constantly worried about the daily challenges their children face. But as the nature and severity of these challenges evolve faster than ever before, it becomes nearly impossible to keep track of what we’re supposed to be worried about. “By the time parents have a handle on one problem, their children are already struggling […]

Avoiding Middos Sedom

In this week Parsha, we learn about the destruction of Sedom, primarily because of their lack of chesed. The Gemora in Bava Basra 12B, says that one who does not allow a transaction where he doesn’t lose anything, and the other person will benefit, as Middos Sedom. The Mishnah in Avos teaches that: One Who […]

Dealing With Doubts on the Teshuva Process

I recently read a D’var Torah that really spoke to me. Part of it focused on Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25: 17-19 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt. That he encountered you on the way and cut off those lagging to your rear, when you were tired and […]


When I first started going to shul I was originally annoyed that people talked during davening, because it disturbed my concentration and seemed to go against what being in shul was all about. I would often give a cold stare or a loud shhhhhh. A friend pointed out that talking is permissible in certain parts […]

It Takes a Village – Part 1

When I attend a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, or other simcha in the frum Jewish community, I am more than a guest. I am a researcher. I study all the details, always poignantly aware that I have no sister, mother, or Bubbe to guide me down the path of planning a simcha. While I look forward […]

Voting Closes Tomorrow!! Help Make A $100,000.00 Dream Come True

Please vote if you haven’t already. My daughters are fans of Yaldah Magazine. It is a magazine for Jewish girls created, written and edited by Jewish girls. Leah Larson, who started and runs Yaldah is a finalist in Wells Fargo’s “Someday Stories” contest and she is running neck and neck to win the grand prize […]

Check Out Mishpacha Family First for the Sidebar about Beyond BT

Try to get a copy of this week’s Mishpacha Family First which has a wonderful article by Azriela Jaffe, “It Takes a Village – Helping Baalei Teshuva Find a Foothold”. The piece discusses support for BTs. The article has a great three paragraph sidebar praising Beyond BT and describing our goals.

The Three Unique Approaches To Understanding Hashem

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl – writes: We begin our Shmone Esrei with Baruch Ata Hashem Elokenu v’Elokei avotenu Elokei Avraham, Elokei Yitzchak, ve’Elokei Yaakov: Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, G-d of Avraham, G-d of Yitzchak, and G-d of Yaakov. Why do we need to mention that Hashem is G-d […]

Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall…..

By Little Frumhouse on the Prairie Dixie Yid wrote an interesting post entitled, Where to Focus When Adults Go Off the Derech. The post was in response to Harry Maryles, who wrote about a few men who went off the derech. One of the men was a Talmud Chacham who lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh. […]

Many Say Moshiach is Coming – What is the Appropriate Response?

In recent months many great Rebbeim have stated publicly that Moshiach’s arrival is imminent. Teshuva and improving our learning, davening, chesed and not wasting time are always appropriate acts for a Jew, but should we intensify our efforts at this time or stick to the pace we’re already following? What have people heard from their […]

Some Thoughts On Kiruv By Non-Kiruv Professionals

I was recently asked how likely it is that a non-Kiruv professional will help a non-observant person become observant?. Well, after a Shabbos afternoon (3 hours) of watching my 6 yr old daughter and her friend at the park, I have a few thoughts. My view is that helping a ‘person become more observant’ doesn’t […]

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