From the moment young children excitedly receive their very first siddur, as parents look on with pride and joy, prayer is a permanent part of their life. Yet somewhere between that first siddur and the routine recitation of daily prayers, the passion for praying can wane. A recent, eye-opening survey conducted by Nishma
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There are those who command a good deal of attention when they enter a room. In some cases, their voices speak above others; some walk to the front of the room, immediately assuming that by walking through the crowd they will be
As Jewish people, we are united in our love for our homeland, the State of Israel. Having just celebrated the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence it is important to remember that this milestone was not reached without sacrifice. Our brothers and sisters who fearlessly serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have
There is an almost apologetic tone in Rabbi Naphtali Maskil L’eison’s introduction to what he touted as his newly edited and annotated edition of a classic work of Jewish history, “Seder Hadorot” by the Lithuanian Rabbi Yechiel Halperin (1660-1746).
Custom suits bring to mind visions of a millionaire getting measured by his personal tailor and fitted for a suit that meets his exact measurements. Every time he steps out in his custom-crafted suit he exudes confidence and sartorial splendor, knowing his suit was made to help him look his best. If this scene is what
About 3,000 years ago, King Solomon looked at the world around him and made this timeless declaration: “There is nothing new under the sun.”
To which the hipster millennial responded, “Oh yeah? What about Twitter?”
Of course, even the hipster knows Solomon
Eating had been a little problematic in the beginning since none of the Israeli soldiers were Orthodox and therefore were not concerned about the food handling. Although all food in the Israeli army is
“We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them,” Gabriel (Gabi) Schacter insisted. He was conducting many of the world’s greatest musicians in the most unlikely setting, Theresienstadt. There was opposition from the leaders of the ghetto-labor-transit camp that the Germans operated outside Prague from November 1941 until its
One of the most common questions people ask me, once they figure out that I’m not as funny in person, is when my next book is coming out already.
Well, I’m pleased to announce that my sixth book, “For This I Had to Grow Up?,” is finally coming out this month, and is available wherever
Jewish parents are not required to teach their children how to ride bike, fly a plane or drive stick-shift. They also are not required to teach their children how to sail a boat, operate a submarine or ride a jet-ski. (As an aside, “jet-ski” sort of sounds like a Jewish last name, e.g., “For this particular job, which
There is a famous Aesop’s Fable about a hare that tells anyone that will listen about his great running aptitude and speed. A tortoise, upon hearing the boastful hare talk endlessly about his ability, decides to challenge the hare to a race. The hare laughs and accepts the challenge. Within minutes after the start of the race,
This week many celebrate Mother’s Day—and with the barrage of advertisements, all of us are hyperaware of the calendar day. As wonderful as it is to celebrate one’s mother, or a mother figure in one’s life, I approach this time with concern for all the people in my life who are still struggling to be a mother, or struggling