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Helping our children find good spouses is one of the biggest issues BTs face. The main obstacles are that we don’t have the networks that our FFB co-religionists have, and we don’t understand the system that well. Of course the problem is much more difficult for girls than for boys due to the current demographics. [...]
On her semi-annual trip to America, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller spoke in Kew Gardens Hills last night on the topic of “Sirens, Sandy and the Light of the Menorah”. You can download the mp3 here. Rebbetzin Heller has just released a new book called “The Balancing Act – How to bring the power and passion of [...]
Dear 11 year old Shoshanna, Hashem made a strange and wonderful miracle! It’s hard to believe it but I am writing to you from your future. I want to let you know that you’re not abnormal to be searching for meaning in life. I know you feel different. I assure you that you’re not alone. [...]
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller on Sirens from Jerusalem. Willaim Kolbrenner on Poetry Can Wait, The Siren Is Blasting Rebbetzin Heller’s Itenerary in US from Nov 22 thru Dec 6th
From Sara Yoheved Rigler – Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving: JUST DESSERTS Ten years later I was learning Torah in Jerusalem. The Rabbi was explaining why the matriarch Leah named her fourth son Yehuda, a name derived from the word “to thank.” Since the moniker “Jew” derives from the name “Yehuda,” thanking is [...]
It’s clear that Thanksgiving is an “issue” for many Baalei Teshuvah. In addition to Neil Harris’ Being Thankful for Thanksgiving, the issue has come up in numerous posts and comments. We have highlighted some of those posts and comments below. In Can You Really Get Everything You Want at Alice’s Restaurant?, Rachel Adler sought advice [...]
Rabbi Yehuda Zakutinsky From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 WHEN MANY frum JEWS ARE asked to picture the experience of a baal teshuvah, a fairy-tale-like portrait comes to mind, in which the baal teshuvah has experienced Jewish enlightenment and clarity, and complete acceptance and contentment in the frum community. Unfortunately, the reality [...]
The Treasurer vs The People – My Bill is Wrong! Finding Meaning of Jewish Law in Sandy Shelter Bloomberg Against Cholent
Dear Beyond BT I’ve seen many people say that Torah Observance makes you happier, but I’m not sure whether it’s observable. It seems that there are many people in the Torah community who aren’t noticeably happier than their non-observant counterparts. Many Torah Jews also seem to have the same material strivings and keeping up with [...]
Rabbi Menachem Zupnik From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED here are very real and serious, and the answers are very personal and complex, and can’t be properly addressed in a short forum. I am also uncomfortable that perhaps classifying these courageous Jews and their problems separately in this way [...]
Dear All, South Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Seagate have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy last week. Among victims of the hurricane is Mazel Day School located blocks away from the ocean and the bay. The two buildings which house the school were badly flooded and all K-6 [...]
The Kitchen Cabinet Far Rockaway Desperately Needs Your Help Seagate was Hit Hard By Sandy
Do the elections results really matter? Isn’t achieving the task of achdus among Jews something in our hands? Do the politicians effect our Torah, Teshuva and Tefillah? Does our distraction by the externals take away from our needed work on the internals?
Dear Friends I just came back from Yeshiva Shar Yoshuv. A couple of friends and I decided to take the day and help people in Far Rockaway clean out after the flood. We called Achiezer this morning and they said come to Shar Yoshuv and we will send you out. When we got to Shar [...]
By Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 MOST FRUM-FROM-BIRTH JEWS fail to appreciate the life-wrenching decisions and monumental sacrifices that are involved in becoming a baal teshuvah. In a very real sense, becoming a baal teshuvah may be com¬pared to being asked to move to Mars. Once the decision [...]
British BT pop star balances stardom and Orthodoxy. Shul in Bayswater Devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The Fury of Frankenstorm – Five ways to bring awe into your life.