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What Are Some of the Biggest Problems Facing the Jewish Community?

What Are some of the biggest problems facing the Jewish community (both frum and non-frum)? Let’s continue this thread from last week and highlight some other issues: Economics of Yeshiva and Family Support? The Hashkafic Divide Between Israel and America? Lack of Unity? Lack of Jewish Knowledge? Lack of connection to Hashem? Islamic Fundamentalism?

Do We Show Enough Respect to Secular Jews?

Like most really good questions, the typical answer would be, “It depends.” It depends on the basis for the respect towards a Jew and how we personally define a “secular” Jew. The following few lines are my personal thoughts on the above question. When I think about ways or reasons to respect another Jew, my […]

The Sabbath Manifesto

Have you seen the Sabbath Manifesto and the accompanying blog. Perhaps it’s a good start towards appreciating Shabbos. From the web site: The Sabbath Manifesto is a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world. We’ve created 10 core principles completely open for your unique interpretation. We welcome you to join […]

Achrey Mos/Kedoshim In a Nutshell

The Rabbinical Seminary of America (Chofetz Chaim) branches across America are learning Yevamos and the Daf Yomi is currently in Sanhedrin so we thought it was appropriate to post the Achrei-Mos/Kedoshim outline upon which much of those two Masechtas are sourced. Even if you not learning those Gemoras, the Parsha is a must read (in […]

Today is Yom Hazikaron in Eretz Yisroel

Yom Hazikron is the day on which Israel honors its war veterans. National memorial services are held in the presence of Israel’s top leadership and military personnel. The day opens the preceding evening at 20:00 (8:00 pm), given that in the Hebrew calendar system days begin at sunset, with a siren. The siren is heard […]

Would You Consider Praying for Your Fellow Baalei Teshuva?

From Derech Emet Most Baalei Teshuvah do not have relatives to pray for them. But they can pray for each other. Why not pray for Baalei Teshuvah as a group or as individuals? Every weekday Shemone Esrei includes a petition on behalf of righteous converts. So why not pray for Baalei Teshuvah also? Pray that […]

Embracing my Own Intrepid Spirit

By Varda Branfman Varda blogs at Where I walk The angels fear to tread At three a.m. I’m alone On East 2nd Avenue While junkies climb The fire escapes I pull all-nighters When others sleep Safely in their beds That’s not The half of it I push the limits Riding stick-shift For three days […]

What Not To Do At The Shabbat Table

The Broodo family of Dallas, Texas is now a well-established Orthodox family. They’re leaders and role models in their community. However one event during their first Shabbat experience almost derailed their teshuva journey. If it was not for the quick thinking of their hosts, their lives might have been very different today. Ken and Beth […]

How Was Your Pesach?

How Was Your Pesach?

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