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Friday, March 22, 2019

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One Step at a Time

I was recently at a spirituality spa retreat where we explored yoga, meditation and challenge courses. The purpose was to notice how pushing the boundaries of your comfort zones can result in discovering the spaces where your personal brokenness can find healing. It may sound like a lot of new-age talk, but in each session I

Modern Orthodox, Modern Marriages and Modern Divorces

Many years ago I read an article describing Modern Orthodoxy as wanting it all: To be able to provide our children with the highest level of Jewish and secular education; to enjoy the prosperity of our society while retaining Torah values; to take vacations in Maui with glatt kosher meals while learning Daf Yomi

Project S.A.R.A.H. Speaks:  How to Address Abuse Disclosures by Our Children

Project S.A.R.A.H. is committed to the principle that prevention is one of the most critical aspects of our program. Teaching our children to protect themselves from sexual and other forms of abuse begins with toddlers and never ends. As parents we know that the ability to effectively communicate with our children is the best way

We Are All Slaves to Something

Passover is fast approaching. Many of us are busy cleaning and shopping. We are searching for and removing chametz from our homes. We are planning our seder menus, and deciding how we will replay the Haggadah journey at our tables. There is excitement in the air. Remembering and re-enacting the miracle of Pesach each year is for

Frisch Ice Hockey Team and Friendship Circle Go Skating

This past Sunday evening, the Frisch Ice Hockey Team invited the children of Friendship Circle to a night on the ice. At Mackay Arena, laughter and smiles filled the freezing cold air as the team volunteered their time, skills, and expertise in teaching the children how to skate. Round and round the rink they went and a

Passover Prep Pressure and How to Cope

As Passover approaches, it seems that almost everyone I know is frantically preparing for the holiday. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of the people I speak to express feeling highly anxious or stressed out as this particular holiday nears. And who can blame us? While Pesach is a family-filled and festive holiday, it also

Inclusion: It’s More Than You Think

I was at my desk, minding my own business when Eta Levenson, a volunteer leader of Greater MetroWest ABLE, sent me an email asking me to speak in our shul on Shabbat Shalem, a Shabbat of Inclusion, the Shabbat designated by our Federation to observe Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month.

Children Not Listening Means I’m Not Listening

“The Garden of Emuna” by Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches me that nothing in my life happens by chance. Everything that is going on, good or the seemingly bad, is a message from Hashem. My children’s behavior is no exception. In “The Garden of Education,” Rabbi Arush elaborates that my children are my spiritual mirrors. My

Project S.A.R.A.H. Speaks About Protecting Our Children

Lately, it seems like whenever we turn on the news there’s another story about a Hollywood director, doctor or community member being accused of and indicted for sexual assault or abuse. And you know what? That’s a good thing. Sexual abuse is not a new phenomenon and it is not a growing epidemic. Sexual abuse has been happening

Why Higher SAT Scores Don’t Mean Boys Are Better at Math

When the College Board released data on the updated 2016 SAT, the results raised some hackles.

For more than 40 years, girls have consistently received lower test scores in math than boys on the SAT, a standardized assessment designed to measure reasoning skills and gauge preparedness for college. This

Camp Slapshots Eagerly Anticipates 16th Summer at New Yavneh Academy Location

Camp Slapshots, a religious sports day camp founded in 2003, is moving its base of operations to Yavneh Academy this year. Run by a staff dedicated to teaching life skills and the importance of sportsmanship, the camp is open to elementary and middle school boys entering third through eighth grade. With

New Matchmaking Initiative Launched for Modern Orthodox Singles

The Modern Orthodox communities of the West Side of Manhattan and Northern New Jersey have announced a new initiative, making available dynamic new programs for matching young Modern Orthodox professional men and women between the ages of 22 and 32.

The initiative, spearheaded by Steve Eisenberg of