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You Just Might Be An ‘Occupier’

Many of us are scratching our heads trying to make sense of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its sundry clones around the world.

Help Others Get On The ‘Marry-Go-Round’

A new shidduch initiative has created an ear-deafening buzz in frum communities across North America and beyond.

Will Hi-Tech Zone Save Jerusalem From Division?

As we saw in our last article, northern Jerusalem is a critical front in the Arab drive to take over parts of Jerusalem and to then form yet another Arab country in the Land of Israel.

Is Curious George Jewish? Monkeys and Jewish Art

Monkeys and apes are generally symbols of base passion, particularly lust, in Western art. Giovanni Battista Foggini's 17th century bronze sculpture "The Fall of Man" shows not only the serpent dangling from the Tree of Knowledge tempting Adam and Eve, but also a monkey seated behind the tree eating an apple. Foggini may have gotten the idea from Jan Brueghel the Elder, whose 1612 painting "Garden of Eden" features a monkey prominently, or from a c. 1410 "The Garden of Eden" by an unknown artist in Frankfurt. A century earlier, Martin Luther had famously referred to Satan as "God's ape," building upon the then-popular view of monkeys as unintelligent animals that simply mimicked primitive human behavior.

Match-Making

My oldest daughter recently celebrated her nineteenth birthday, and I'm just now getting used to the idea that my husband and I are heading into a new parsha in our lives: Getting ready to find a shidduch for our daughter. So it wasn't any wonder that the topic came up when I ran into an old friend at shul the other day.

Happiness Is A Gratitude Journal

You're cooking or cleaning and the radio is on in the background to keep you company. You really are not listening and have no idea what's being said, but suddenly "Israel" is mentioned and you rush over, turn up the volume and listen. How does that happen? What made you hear that word? What made you pay attention, while you had ignored the thousands of other words that might have been said in the minutes before? More importantly, how can we get that to work for us and make us happier?

How Apple Made Me A Better Jew

Over the past few weeks, I've become an improved Jew. I learn more, say more brachos, bench more, and didn't have a problem remembering the day in the Omer. I haven't been to Israel recently, didn't have a near death experience that reawakened my spiritual side, nor did I feel empty in my life and decided I needed to search for more meaning. So what caused this recent growth spurt in my Judaism? I got an iPod touch.

Hobbies

Rabbi Horowitz, As parents, we often see that our children have talents that are outside the classic Mitzvah realm. This could be in the area of art, gymnastics, musical instruments, etc. Often times, development of these talents require time, money and sometimes exposure that we would generally not encourage. How does one decide when this is a good idea (or at least necessary) and when these activities are a distraction from spiritual pursuits?

Rabbi Boteach: ‘Turn Friday Night Into Family Night’

Social conservatives constantly bemoan the erosion of traditional family life and morality. In their view, narcissism and materialism plague the American landscape.

At-Risk Is At Risk

With the economy heading south, we are all looking for ways to cut back on our expenses. I guess that's good news for Motel 6, pawnshops and "Dollar Stores," but it's a pretty lousy development for anyone running a nonprofit organization (like me) because practically everyone except bankruptcy attorneys earns less money in times like these. Less money means less charity giving. Gulp!

Midwinter Break

Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We find ourselves faced with an increasingly challenging experience each year when midwinter break comes around. Some of our children's friends go on expensive vacations with their families, and our kids are asking us to send them on similar trips. Our children are respectful whenever they discuss this with us, but there is a clear sense that they feel "left out" because they don't go to the exotic location like some of their friends.

It’s My Opinion: Unity

The current crisis in Israel has been the catalyst of many rallies in South Florida. Some of the rhetoric involved in these events has been quite shocking.

Going Back To The Old Ways

According to the Talmud (Ta'anit 30b-31a), on the 15th of Av unmarried girls would dress in plain white clothing, so that those from wealthy families could not be distinguished from the poorer ones.

Going Back To The Old Ways

According to the Talmud (Ta'anit 30b-31a), on the 15th of Av unmarried girls would dress in plain white clothing, so that those from wealthy families could not be distinguished from the poorer ones.

Sports and the Orthodox Jewish Fan

On Sunday night, many observant Jews will be among the hundreds of millions of people watching the Jets fan's nightmare as the Giants play the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Toxic People: What They Teach Us (Part Five)

When dealing with toxic personalities it is very important to remember some basic strategic rules that apply not only to them but can also apply to difficult people who are not toxic per se.

Special Needs

I have often written about how important respite is for the caregiver.

Steven Erlanger’s Unhidden Bias

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Steven Erlanger is so openly pro-Palestinian in his reporting that he’s beginning to call to mind perhaps his most biased predecessor in that post – the truly execrable Deborah Sontag, whose transparently one-sided dispatches would invariably read as though she wrote them with a PLO flag draped over her word processor.

Logical Consequences And The Chronically Ill

Last week I tried to explain a discipline technique called "Logical Consequence".

A Literary Review: The History Of A Myth – The Artless Jew, By...

While some ideas are foolish but harmless, others are not only incorrect but also corrosively destructive.

Babies Are No Longer Considered A Blessing

A funny thing happened to me the other day when my wife and I had, thank God, another baby (a boy).

Letters To The Editor

Seidenfeld Yahrzeit This Shabbos marks the first yahrzeit for the four Seidenfeld children of Teaneck who perished in a fire. Philyss Seidenfeld, the mother...

Is This Simcha Really a Simcha?

You glance through your mail, and there it is - an invitation to a simcha. It could be a chasuna ora Bar Mitzvah.

Villian – Thy Name Is Well Spouse

My last several articles talked about the common experience for many "well spouses" of juggling simchas and crises at the same time.

Following Zeh Yellow Brich Road: Journeying Jewishly Bezalel Alumni At The Makor Gallery

Sitting stiffly on the very throne from which Pharaoh would later deny G-d and His children's freedom, Joseph surveyed his brothers bowing before him.

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