Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation: Women Bettering The World For Other Women

“Our goal is not to provide social services,” said Sara Gorfinkel, Director of Tikkun Olam and its only full time employee. “We focus on social change, so that women don’t get to the point where they require social services. We don’t want to fund programs that deal with victims of domestic abuse. We want to prevent domestic abuse before it ever happens.”

Taking Care Of A Parent

There is a saying that is often quoted by older parents that one mother can take care of 10 children but 10 children cannot take care of one mother.

Grow Your Own Veggies

With spring in full swing and the hazy days of summer beckoning on the horizon, our thoughts turn towards lighter meals that rely more heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables - particularly for those of us who find that despite our best efforts, we really managed to pack on the pounds over Pesach. While your local supermarket may boast an amazing array of produce, and the nearest gourmet store may feature dazzling displays of fresh fruits and vegetables, there is simply nothing that can compare to the taste of home grown. The fact that growing your own produce can save a bundle of money, makes the taste of your home grown bounty that much more delicious.

Protecting Jewish Cemeteries In Poland And Around The World

Last week I wrote about the discovery of human remains beyond the fence of a Jewish cemetery in Bilgoraj, Poland, showing that the boundaries of the cemetery went beyond the supposed size of the protected site.

Destination

When the train has departed the station, Fresh of food and of saturation, The journey ahead excites, With all the could bes and the might's,

Compensatory Strategies

When one is blind one learns to use Braille to read. When one cannot walk, a wheelchair gives mobility. Sign language allows a mute person to speak and ocular implants assist in hearing when one is deaf. These are all compensatory strategies that help a person function despite his disability. But compensatory strategies are not just for physical problems. Understanding our psychological weaknesses and setting up our lives to ensure that we are not tempted to repeat our past mistakes, is as necessary as any aid to the disabled.

Jewish Community Contacts

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing contact information about various secular organizations in Poland.

The Jewish Chaplaincy Controversy

“The American tradition of the military chaplaincy is as old as the United States itself. Clergymen served with the armies of the individual colonies almost from the first battle of the Revolution, and provisions for the payment of chaplains were enacted by the Continental Congress as early as 1775.

Parshat Lech Lecha

"You're going to give four years of your life to the country and this job.

Who Am I?

Somewhere along the way, my own mantra got lost and fell to the wayside. Now, that certainty has been replaced by doubt. By comparing. By looking over my shoulder at others and seeing that they do more, they have more, they know more, they have more than me.

Is A Name Just A Name?

Shemos B’nei Yisroel began last week’s parsha – these are the names of the children of Yisroel.

Touro College, Brooklyn

Question: Do you celebrate the Fourth of July?

My Life, Your Decisions?

A friend of mine recently came back from visiting her son and his family in Israel. As a bunch of her friends joined her for coffee and an update – several of them also have children who made aliyah - she shared with us her frustration at not being able to communicate with her school-age grandchildren.

Murder By Words

What I call verbal terrorism is tragically not rare at all.

The Three Best Reasons To Be A Teacher

"What are the 3 best reasons to be a teacher? June, July and August!"

Fit & Trim

If you normally drink zero cups a day, don’t flood your body with sudden large amounts of water.

It’s Time For Superwoman And Super Caregiver To Retire (Part II)

Malky's father-in-law had been in the hospital for months. Now, with Pesach approaching and his health improving, her in-laws would be joining Malky and her family for the holiday. Malky knew it would mean more demands on her time, and she understood that being an on-site caregiver was not going to be easy. But Malky loved her in-laws and wanted them with her for Pesach.

Spring 2014: Just Around the Corner!

It's hard to believe that it is the beginning of October and the Yomim Tovim are already behind us. But having had everything fall out early this year provides a golden opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and all that the crisp air has to offer.

Kislev – Principle #4: Challenge The Food Police

The Food Police consists of myriad destructive thoughts that can do real damage to our mindset and behavior.

Practically Clueless

Women, on the other hand, are not really supposed to learn a lot of Gemara, because that’s like giving a soldier a loaded weapon.

The Character Of Rabbi Jacob Joseph

When RJJ passed away, he was survived by his wife, Esther Rachel[i], his son Raphael, and two daughters, Mrs. Anna Brody and Mrs. S. R. Schultz.

The Jews Of Martinique And Guadeloupe

"The Jewish history of Martinique and Guadeloupe is relatively short, spanning only about 60 years.

Holocaust Educational Web Sites

Last week's anniversary of Kristallnacht reminded us that the Shoah happened in a relatively cultured society.

Kitchen Tips For The Harried Houswife: Preparing For a Three-Day Yom Tov

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

How To Enjoy Megillah Reading

A great way to prepare for Purim, other than by stocking up on every nosh on sale, is to begin to integrate the lessons of hashgacha pratis around you.

A Non-Jew’s 1841 Impressions Of Shearith Israel

Lydia Maria (nee Francis) Child (February 11, 1802-Oct. 20, 1880) was educated at home, at a local "dame school" and at a nearby women's seminary. After her mother died when she was twelve, she went to live with an older sister in Maine for some years. She is little known today, but in her time she was a famous anti-slavery activist. She was also a novelist, editor, journalist and scholar. She is best remembered for her poem "Over the River and Through the Woods," which recalls her Thanksgiving visits as a child to her grandfather's home.

Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin And The Mir Yeshiva

During this period, Rabbi Malin became especially close to the Brisker Rav, who took a special liking to him.

Po-Lin

Every year there seems to be a new bestseller with a Holocaust theme that reveals a new story of heroism in the most horrible of times.

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