Up And Down The East Coast On Torah Tours

Some of the thoughts we generally associate with Shavuot relate to the tradition of learning Torah all night or the almost overwhelming amount of dairy food that is consumed over the course of the two-day holiday. It has become a routine, something we do every year as the weather starts turning warmer and our Sefirat HaOmer calendars come to an end.

I Won’t Stop For Death; It Will Stop For Me

The importance of death customs has been ingrained in me since birth. When I served as a shomeret for my grandmother, I was instructed not to eat, drink or perform a mitzvah in the same room. In the shock of death, it seemed rather inane to be told it would be considered mocking the dead. My grandmother was gone; she couldn’t do those things because she didn’t exist anymore, a fact that still makes me tear up.

What is Calling Me?

When I was fourteen years old I understood that I might never return to Moscow and live at home with my parents. While I had lived the bulk of my life in Moscow, at the start of high school I was going to assimilate into the American system of education and the world of American teenageism. I was excited.

Guardian Angel

I walked into the trap he set, And there a terrible fate I met.

Being Healthy – Inside And Out

I passionately believe that focusing on healthy habits for people of all sizes is so much more important than focusing on weight loss.

Therapy? Straight Talk For Teens

Believe it or not, some schools actually have therapists or guidance counselors on staff.

From `Sin’ [China] to Sinai

This is not my story at all. But when I heard it from Avigayil Madmoni, formerly Gin Lin Lug, a Chinese convert, I gained a new view of what Torah means to me. I know for sure, as anyone who has ever met this very charming, sincere, lovable young woman will agree with me, that Avigayil is my sister like any other Jew and that she surely stood at Har Sinai -- together with my ancestors and the souls of their descendants, namely me and all the Jews alive today, and who have ever lived, since the giving of the Torah.

All that You Do

Dear Hashem, I am writing to you because I am very confused. I am going through a hard time in my life right now. Over the last few years, there have been many times that I’ve felt my world was crashing down. I’ve felt a lot of pain and distress lately. Therefore, I am asking You why have You done this? What did I do to deserve some of the things that occur in my life?

Moriah

King David prayed to give me my destined glory from his palace; his son to mold me into the mountain that everyone faces when they call to our Creator.

Get Smart!

Playing a musical instrument can help build faith in yourself as you observe yourself do something splendidly.

Frozen Tears

The girl that can’t cry has a heart so cold buried under frozen tears rhythm; untold.

My History

I close my eyes and fall back rejoining the strong women of my history

One Year Later

The wind whistled outside my house, as the lights flickered but thankfully didn’t turn completely off. Being in this situation reminded me of the terrible week and a half in late October when my family and community lost all electrical power due to Superstorm Sandy.

From Monsey To Sderot

I witnessed the true strength of Am Yisrael during those few days.

Holy Man

This man, who is coming to speak to all of you today, is a holy man.

The Power of Human Interaction

Four stories, four sets of relationships, four life lessons. In one short week from January 15-22, 2012, my world was altered forever by the stories, relationships and life lessons experienced on the Center for Jewish Future mission to help build an irrigating tilapia farm for the small Mexican village of Muchucuxcah.

Revolutionizing Bikkur Cholim Through Music

A program that started with a handful of volunteers has grown exponentially to include students from a wider array of backgrounds.

Looking Up

In the hustle and bustle of New York City, it’s nearly impossible to stop and slow down - even for a second. The gulps of coffee, swish of a lipstick, and the tying of your shoelaces need to be accomplished in a matter of minutes. The clock is ticking. Everyone is perpetually on the go, not appreciating the present because the future is waiting impatiently. Though I am a New Yorker through and through, I’ve never stopped to ponder this hasty way of living.

My Zaidy

When I think of how to describe my Zaidy to someone who has never met him, I find myself at a loss. I don’t know how to put my grandfather’s presence into words in a way that will sufficiently describe the picture I have of him in my mind. The fact that my most vivid memories are from when I was quite young make the task no easier. He was, simply, “Zaidy.” Regardless of profession, history or future, he just was.

Kashrut: Long-Term Gains In A World Of Compromises

My grandmother is an amazing chef. She makes the best sponge cake, matzo ball soup and sticky buns. We always loved visiting her and...

Subway In Action

I take my usual spot the one by the door and I let out a sigh cuz I’ve seen this scene before.

A Life Of Music

“I was so inspired by the beautiful lessons I learned and by the holiness around me that I just couldn't stop writing songs!” she says.

Letter From A Soldier

Students in the Lubavitch Senior School in London were asked to recreate a historical event. Miriam Ives, age 15, wrote a letter to a newspaper in the guise of a soldier during the Crimean War.

It’s A Boy’s World, You Know

You've gotta settle, stop being so choosy, it's a boy's world after all And you're just one of the millions who think their worth something, have the gall. You've got to start looking better, so that you'll be noticed when you walk through town And perhaps you can lose a few pounds too, so we can pull your resume dress size down.

God is Always There

God is always there, waiting for you to stretch out your little pinky so that He can tug on it and engulf you in a never-ending warm hug.

Coffee and Me

I love coffee, but I cannot drink it. This has been the case since my doctor issued the verdict last month - no coffee and no milk. I was quite disappointed to hear that as I love coffee, but I was determined to follow expert medical advice. That conviction, however, did not last more than one week into a new semester with a full course load.

Post THIS On Facebook: An NCSY Advisor opens up about how Social Media is...

My relationship with social media is and remains an ambivalent one. Unlike many of my peers, I did not initially embrace social media, from its beginning stages with AOL instant messenger and proceeding quickly on to MySpace and Facebook.

Laughter

One important factor in helping us laugh is not taking yourself too seriously.

Perspective: A Purim Poem

Her faith she had to hide, To find out the king tried But no answer would ever come from His wife.

Thoughts On Synagogue Terror

I am naive, but only in an optimistic sense, seeing the good in the world like only a 20-year old can.

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