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CKD Avreichim Diligently Study the Fifth Chelek of Shulchan Aruch

7 Adar 5777 – March 5, 2017
'The only way to know those facts is real shimush, seeing what is actually happening in the field.'

Rhode Island Residents Riled About Anti-Semitic Attack on Local Synagogue

16 Iyyar 5776 – May 24, 2016
A red Nazi swastika sprayed on the sign of a synagogue has riled residents of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Shidduchim – The View from the Other Side

2 Elul 5774 – August 27, 2014
Is it because of corrupt values and lack of meeting opportunities that we have a shidduch crisis?

What Will the Future of Judaism Look Like?

25 Av 5774 – August 20, 2014
We all got degrees. We got married. We had families. We worked. We and were Koveih Itim

Thanking Our ‘Squantos’

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
It’s the classic image - the pumpkins; the berries; the squash, the turkey. It’s the beginning of a season that brings with it a sudden, exciting feeling. It’s the crisp fall air turning to gray winter; the strings of perfect, colorful leaves decorating doors and houses, the bright hues of reds and oranges. It almost feels like the cinnamon in the pumpkin pie is somehow in the air.

The Legacy Of Rav Aharon Kotler

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
As we commemorate the fiftieth yahrzeit this Friday, the second day of Kislev, of Rav Aaron Kotler – the greatest Jew, in the opinion of even many of his fellow Torah luminaries, ever to set foot on North American soil – we are obligated to reflect on his achievements and the lessons he taught.

The Highchair

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
Yael was tired of sticking the highchair together with glue or Sellotape. It had lasted through five children, a miracle in itself, but now it seemed to have given up all hope – and decided to self-destruct.

New Home For Kollel

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
The Kollel Yechiel Yehuda Menlo Family Building recently celebrated its move to its new beis medrash at 444 N. La Brea with a Chanukas Habayis.

Southern Hospitality

30 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the American South, Savannah, Georgia is a world of exciting history and activity. Rich with landmarks from over 275 years, the city boasts unique architecture, Civil War commemorative tours, and a long list of beautiful squares and parks. In addition, Savannah’s Tybee Island provides a beach atmosphere for those who want to relax on and off-shore. Interestingly, Savannah also hosts a small but thriving Jewish community. The Savannah Jewish Federation offers family services and community resources, and there are a number of places to find kosher food. The city has three shuls: one for Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform congregations, respectively. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Rabbi Avigdor and Rebbetzin Rochel Slatus of the Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue.

Philanthropist Zev Wolfson, Supporter of Torah Institutions, Dies at 84

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
A world renowned philanthropist, Wolfson helped spread Torah through kollel and outreach programs with many catering specifically to secular Jews in an effort to bring them closer to traditional Judaism.

I Am Haredi

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
I am haredi. I was born in Brooklyn, went to mainstream haredi elementary and high schools, spent two years in Mir Yerushalayim and attended kollel at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey. I wear a black hat on Shabbos and dark pants and a white shirt much of the week. My yarmulke is large, black and velvet, and being a frum and inspired Jew is my most basic self-definition, on par with being human and male.

My Machberes

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
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The Draft Controversy In Israel

A comment by Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz the other day set us thinking about an element in the draft debate that could only manifest itself in an Israeli context.

West Coast Happenings

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Summer Kollels: The Seattle Kollel offers a men’s evening SEED program from July 2-August 14. On those same dates, there will be a morning...

Why Help Build America When We Can Help Build the Land...

20 Iyyar 5772 – May 11, 2012
It is no secret that American Jewry is being decimated by assimilation. The longer the Jewish community remains in America the more the assimilation will grow. So I ask – what’s the point in working to strengthen something that is destined to dwindle out and end? The exile is a curse which is not supposed to continue forever.

From Feet To Amot: A New Jewish Units App

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
During my yearly visits to Australia to visit my wife’s family, I must endure the brutal calculations involved in switching from the imperfect Imperial system to the maligned-by-Americans (but clearly more efficient) Metric system. Pounds become kilos, Fahrenheit becomes Celsius, and feet become meters. Calculations are involved every day – and I don’t have a mind for numbers.

Bully To You, Haman

8 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
Purim is just a few days away, and Jews young and old are gearing up to celebrate this most festive of holidays, during which all will eat, drink and nosh merrily and in great relief over our come-up-from-behind triumph against a vicious Jew hater whose goal was to annihilate the Jewish people, but who instead had the tables turned against him in a dramatic and unforeseen manner. Sadly, bullying is alive and well in the 21st century afflicting all societies and the individuals that comprise them. For those who think that our heimishe communities have been spared the scourge of bullying - it's time to get their head out of the cholent.

Balancing Respect And Reality

2 Adar 5772 – February 24, 2012
Dear Dr. Yael: As a reader of all of your columns on hakaras hatov, here are my feelings as a child with loving parents.

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