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Spiritual Growth for Jews

Jump Starting The Teshuva Batteries

We are taught that although there were Seven Days of Genesis, still all of Creation is constantly being re-created. If at any moment, chas v’sholom [Heaven forfend], Hashem should so much as cease affirmatively desiring His ongoing Divine regeneration of the whole universe, all of it would immediately revert to tohu u’vohu — the primordial […]

The Complexities of Eating Kosher at the Family Time Share

I am writing this from the condo, having just polished off the kosher dinner that I cooked and shlepped to the annual time share vacation that we participate in every year with my parents and brothers and their wives and children. The family rents the time share location for a full week but we ( […]

Nationwide Webcast – Are you worried about your child?

By Dr. David Pelcovitz Priority-1 presents a first-of-its-kind nationwide program that will give serious advice and real answers to parents concerned about their child’s behavior. This program is for caring parents who are determined not to give up. You can help your child overcome his challenges and succeed. Defiance, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Cynicism, Learning Disabilities, […]

Solutions to the “I’m Bored” Problem

The period between camp and school highlights the perennial problem our children’s boredom. For some the normal boredom fillers such as TV, Movies, Internet surfing, Video Games are not available, further increasing the problem. What solutions have people come up with to try and alleviate the problem? Did we have the same problem when we […]

BT Syndrome

By R. W. University of Texas I suffer from something Maybe you’re familiar…? You see, I’m not from around here. Saturday morning cartoons and Micky D’s after Volleyball You played sports? YES I played sports (well, sort of) These hips do more than pushing babies Facebook pictures in tank tops. Pants. At The Beach. Can […]

Virtual Chabura for Ahavas Yisrael for Women

Hi- I’m starting a virtual chabura for Ahavas Yisrael for women, similar to others that are being started in various communities. I know there are others like me who are BTs who don’t quite know where we fit it yet. After all, most BTs don’t just pop up in crown heights or boro park. We […]

Awaken – Your Lover is Calling You

Eliyahu Shear We are taught that in the month of Elul, G-d rekindles His relationship with us – and likewise, we rekindle our relationship with Him. In Song of Songs (6:3), King Solomon states, “I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me.” Our sages point out that the initial letters of this […]

Do You Have Hometown Pride?

This week’s Mishpacha magazine had a sentence which mentioned the “quiet Queens section of Brooklyn”. Many in Queens where a tad miffed at the hostile takeover of our lovely borough since Queens is most definitely not a section of Brooklyn. As BTs we have a chance to be proud of our town of birth as […]

The Road to Spirituality: Keep That Head Bowed

Although most of my fellow students in high school were in fact Jewish,only a handful attended the local synagogue, and almost always for social reasons. Some learned the art of feeling guilty from at least one of their parents, and donned the yarmulke inside the solemn sanctuary on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Really, they […]

Consumerism and the Overspent Generation

By Rabbi Shafier ספר דברים פרק יב (כ) כִּי יַרְחִיב יְדֹוָד אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת גְּבֻלְךָ כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר לָךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ אֹכְלָה בָשָׂר כִּי תְאַוֶּה נַפְשְׁךָ לֶאֱכֹל בָּשָׂר בְּכָל אַוַּת נַפְשְׁךָ תֹּאכַל בָּשָׂר: רש”י על דברים פרק יב פסוק כ (כ) כי ירחיב וגו’ – למדה תורה דרך ארץ שלא יתאוה אדם לאכול בשר אלא מתוך רחבת […]

My First Encounter with Orthodoxy – Shlomo Carlebach and NCSY Circa 1960

By Rabbi Leonard Oberstein Baltimore, MD I grew up in Montgomery,Alabama in the 1950’s. Today I am an orthodox rabbi and father and grandfather of a large family. However, my first experience with orthodox Judaism really came about because I went to one single NCSY National Convention a year after my Bar Mitzvah and that […]

How Can We Mitigate the Effects of Wrong Doing By Religious Jews?

There are few Jews in the world, who weren’t pained with the stories and photographs in the newspaper and the live pictures on television showing our rabbeim in handcuffs, stoic faces, being marched off the bus and to court. We read every word in the paper and ask ourselves, how could this happen? And during […]

Getting to Know Your Self – Soul Centered Self-Esteem

We’ve talked in the past about the amazing sefer Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh (In My Heart I Will Build a Sanctuary) and the need to focus our lives and our mitzvah performance on constant awareness and connection to Hashem. The author, Rav Itamar Shwarz explains that if we don’t consistently and consciously focus on the fact […]

The Mitzvas Weren’t Mine

by Bracha Goetz I got the costume right, but For years, the mitzvas weren’t mine. Or, they didn’t feel like they were. The actions – and the blessings too, Were awkward, Then shallow, But I said them anyway, Hoping for a day like this. The deeds, the prayers, even the thoughts Endured, stiff and inflexible […]

What are the Benefits and Pitfalls of High Walls?

There has been some discussion lately on the blog regarding the issue of “high walls”. For the sake of discussion, let’s define high walls as taking strict measures to keep what’s deemed good in the community in and keep what’s deemed to be detrimental influences outside of the community. The benefit of high walls seems […]

Heal thyself

How and what should orthodox Jews report and comment on events that affect our world? A few weeks ago I commented here on a post in which discussion turned to broad-gauged condemnation of the orthodox media, as follows: [W]hat you really object to, and not without justification, is what often seems like simple-mindedness in the […]

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