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Mi-Shelo-Yada: Ohr Somayach Purim Memories

6 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
What made an M.I.T. scholarship student, taking time off from his doctorate in medicine, to backpack, and then decide to backtrack, chuck it all… and get a haircut? Perhaps it is easier to understand a Harvard law student becoming enamored with the logic of Gemara and settling down to struggle with the intellectual challenges of Aramaic acrobatics.

Partnership Minyans Growing Despite Condemnations

4 Adar II 5774 – March 6, 2014
The battle over partnership minyans is just the latest scuffle in the war over women’s roles in the Orthodox community.

Purim And The Poor In Israel

4 Adar II 5774 – March 5, 2014
According to Maimonides, the great medieval Jewish scholar, “Gifts for the poor [matanot l’evyonim] deserve more attention than the seudah and mishloach manot because there is no greater, richer happiness than bringing joy to the hearts of needy people, orphans, widows and proselytes.”

Meeting Alexander Imich, 111-Years Old

29 Adar I 5774 – February 28, 2014
Imich was born in 1903 in Poland, where he later earned his Ph.D. in 1927, despite the best efforts of anti-Semitic professors to sabotage his thesis

Navigating The Journey: Bein Odam L’Chaveiro

Have you seen drivers mindlessly block traffic to load or unload passengers and cargo while a huge parking space is only a few feet away?

Archive Comes To Life At New Holocaust Education Center

27 Adar I 5774 – February 26, 2014
People often ask me why do we need another Holocaust center? The story of Isaac Avigdor is the answer.

A Magnificent Weekend With The Chabad Shluchos

22 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
Almost every year I am invited to attend the grand banquet of the International Shluchos Convention, the climax of a four-day weekend that attracts some 2,500 Chabad shluchos from all over the world – from Argentina to Australia, from Thailand to Kazakhstan, and from every state in the U.S. It takes place the weekend of Chaf Bet Shevat, the yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l.

You Don’t Like It?

15 Adar I 5774 – February 14, 2014
Dear Mordechai, Someone gave me a gift that I don’t like. But I don’t want to hurt his feelings. What should I do? You Shouldn’t Have

Victims of Terror: the Hero Who Can’t Admit It

Who are the heroes who rush into a hell like this and pull out the wounded and the dead?

The History Of The Chevra Kadisha

8 Adar I 5774 – February 7, 2014
Today, there are about 40 chevrei kadisha in New York State alone, and hundreds throughout the country.

Chesed Shel Emet

The greatest concern is for the sensitive care, modesty and dignity of the deceased throughout the process. There is even a point during the tahara when crew members verbally, or internally, apologize to the deceased in case there was any inadvertent lapse of dignity.

Light And Shadows: The Story Of Iranian Jews

Jews from this Persian city were not only cruelly attacked by mobs, but also forced to convert to Islam.

New York’s Mayors, Israel’s Defenders

6 Adar I 5774 – February 5, 2014
New York City mayors have been outspoken defenders of Israel since its establishment – and of the Zionist cause even before that.

To Dream

1 Adar I 5774 – January 31, 2014
It was a few weeks before Purim and I had just come home from a fabulous day in Ateres Naava seminary. I was inspired. I felt empowered and I wanted to act. I wanted to change the world!

Who We Are

But there's more to us New Squarians. And it isn’t all about blow torches, although we use those too, to light the torches used to escort a chosson to his wedding, to kasher catering kitchens, and to weld iron, sometimes as window bars for our condominium windows, three flights up.

Mitzpeh Bikat HaYarden

17 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
This mitzpeh, or outlook, is a memorial to soldiers who fell during the “Mirdafim” (Pursuits) that took place in the area for about three years after the Six-Day War.

Kfar Darom: Pioneers – Then And Now

After the Six-Day War, Kfar Darom was resettled as a Nachal outpost of Bnei Akiva, and later, in 1990, a civilian settlement was established and the ancient, original name attributed to this place during the period of the Mishna, Kfar Darom, was adopted.

The Titanic – a Metaphor for Israel Today

9 Shevat 5774 – January 10, 2014
What we saw was Arab arrogance, audacity, and terror that was completely out of control.

His Hour Upon The Stage: Lipa Takes On Broadway

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
The story line may have been a bit confusing, but the message seemed pretty clear; in life you need both the psychologist and the Rebbe.

A Weekend with Nefesh

2 Shevat 5774 – January 3, 2014
Shabbos at a Nefesh weekend is an experience all on its own.

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