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Lipa Schmeltzer’s ‘Big Event’ A Big Success

8 Adar 5769 – March 4, 2009
Through rain, sleet, and snow . well maybe just snow, Jews from all over made it their business to attend this past Sunday night's Big Event at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Lipa Schmeltzer, along with other great Jewish entertainers, performed to an energized crowd of men, women, and children.

From Funeral To Gala Dinner: ‘V’nahapoch Hu’ In The Five Towns

Twenty-four hours of tragedy turned to joy. A true v'nahapoch hu story for the month of Adar.

Connecting To The Person In Need

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
When a person goes through hard times words of encouragement can be a big lift. However, these well-intended words can backfire if they are seen as too unrealistic by the recipient and do not connect to what the person is going through.

A Day in the Life of A TIME:

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
A TIME is widely recognized and venerated as the nation's leading organization to offer support, advocacy, education, guidance and referrals to Jewish couples struggling with infertility. In order to accurately portray all that A TIME accomplishes on any given 24-hour period, I decided to spend a day with them and take note of the goings on. As an inconspicuous observer, I watched in awe and amazement as this group of special individuals took on all the daunting aspects associated with infertility.

Letters, Care Packages And Prayers: American Jews Encourage Israeli Soldiers

25 Tevet 5769 – January 21, 2009
In many ways, the Israel Defense Forces has always been an army for all Jews. But in the war against Hamas that just ceased, American Jews were particularly engaged and aware of the soldiers' plight.

OU Israel Delivers Tefillin, Tzitzit And Siddurim To Soldiers

When soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces went into combat against Hamas in Gaza, they were armed with the highest level of military equipment Israel could provide them. Some of the soldiers were also armed with "spiritual ammunition" provided to them earlier this week by the Orthodox Union (OU), which delivered 102 packages consisting of tefillin, tzitzit and a siddur with Tehillim prepared especially for soldiers on the battlefield. The materials were brought to Gaza by Rabbi Avi Berman, director of OU Israel, and represent the first disbursement of the special fund created by the OU to provide the items to soldiers who wanted to add a spiritual component to their armament. Funding for these packages was provided by Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, CA. In the next few weeks, hundreds more of these packages will be provided by the congregation to soldiers returning from Gaza. "The IDF arms the soldiers with their military weaponry; the OU's mission is to arm them with spiritual ammunition as they put their lives at risk," said OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb. The fund-raising campaign is taking place in OU synagogues across North America. The tefillin delivered to the 102 soldiers on Sunday cost $33,000. Another 70 soldiers are on the waiting list to receive their packages. "Commanders who have been with the IDF for a long time were telling me that they didn't remember such a spiritual high in the army since the day after the Six-Day War," Rabbi Berman told The Jewish Press. "These tefillin represent Jews in America whose heart is with the soldiers who are risking their lives in Gaza. The soldiers are putting the tefillin on at a critical time in their lives, and the people who contributed are hoping that they will continue to do so forever and ever."

A Made-In-Israel Chanukah Story

2 Tevet 5769 – December 29, 2008
Last year on the seventh morning of Chanukah our phone stopped working. It wasn't completely dead; it was still receiving calls and placing outgoing ones. But there was a funny kind of static on the line.

Conference Encourages Shuls and Yeshivas to Open Shop

27 Kislev 5769 – December 24, 2008
Like many, yeshivas and shuls have taken a financial hit during this recession. A good way for them to make extra money would be by thinking like entrepreneurs.

Aliyah Journal: Giving Birth To My First Sabra

22 Kislev 5769 – December 19, 2008
As readers of this column know, our aliyah experience has been studded with many "firsts." Baruch Hashem, as of a few weeks ago, I can proudly add a new one to the list: my first Sabra.

Chabad In A Dangerous World

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
A few months ago, Channel 8 (Israel's equivalent of PBS) broadcast a fascinating "reality" program on the life and times of a young Lubavitcher couple that went on shlichut to Vietnam in order to open a Chabad branch in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).

50,000 Tulip Bulbs From Holland Donated To Jerusalem

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
The city of Jerusalem recently was the recipient of a magnanimous donation of 50,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands as representatives of the Dutch chapter of Christians For Israel made their presentation at the Hineni Center in Zion Square.

Financially Strapped Jewish Elite Auctioning Their Masterpieces In Israel

In an effort to stave off financial disaster, an elite group of economically- challenged American Jewish businessmen, investment firms and private individuals have put some of their most prized art collectibles up for sale via Israel's Matsart auction house.

The House That Morris Built

By A professor from Bar Ilan University, an expert on ancient affairs, investigated the value of silver of thousands of years ago.

The House That Morris Built

By A professor from Bar Ilan University, an expert on ancient affairs, investigated the value of silver of thousands of years ago.

YALDAH Magazine Wins $100,000

21 Heshvan 5769 – November 19, 2008
A network of friendly email lists, blogs, and websites pulled her through. Leah Larson, the 17-year-old founder, editor and publisher of YALDAH magazine, will collect $100,000 for her mother's grand prize winning essay, "Dream Girl," in the Someday Stories Contest. (Larson was one year too young to enter the contest herself.)

Touro College Opens School Of Pharmacy

7 Heshvan 5769 – November 5, 2008
Families of 66 Touro College Doctor of Pharmacy students recently joined with faculty and guests, as the students were called up individually to receive their "white coat."

Bergson Group Honored At NYC’s First Holocaust Memorial Site

2 Tishri 5769 – October 1, 2008
Sixty-five years after they shook the political establishment with their newspaper ads and rallies against the Holocaust, the activists known as the Bergson Group have been officially acknowledged by New York City.

Over the Rainbow – Efrat

19 Av 5768 – August 20, 2008
Things I've done in Efrat that I would never do in Jerusalem:

Yossi Ezra’s Return To Hebron

27 Tammuz 5768 – July 30, 2008
A few weeks ago, I bumped into some journalists in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood.

Bar Mitzvah In The Tundra

20 Tammuz 5768 – July 23, 2008
For every Jew alive today, even the most unobservant, it's necessary to only go a couple of limbs up the family tree to find an observant predecessor.

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