Miracle in a Cab Sarah Pachter The rumors are true – I gave birth in a cab on the way to the hospital. Ten years have passed, and it is still a favorite topic of conversation at every Shabbat meal I attend, as well as…

Torah Musings: Miracle in a Cab

Humor: Spoilers Ahead Rebecca Klempner We recently instituted a strict “no spoilers” policy in our home. Since our family doesn’t watch TV or movies – with very, very few exceptions, mostly involving illness or educational material – the focus of our policy is books. No…

Humor: Spoilers Ahead

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Life Pain or Traumatic Pain Rabbi Dov Heller, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Previously, I discussed the importance of listening to one’s feelings. Feelings educate us. They provide us with information that we must access and process if we want to maximize our self-development. They…

Emotional Health: Life Pain or Traumatic Pain

Dear Readers, Many articles have been written trying to make sense of the spontaneous and raw outburst of joy following my uncle, Sholom Rubashkin’s, release. Each explains a specific angle: The power of emunah and tefillah The collective response to when one Jew is singled…

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LINK Kollel Holds Yarchei Kallah With Rabbi Yosef Kushner The LINK Kollel in Los Angeles hosted a two-day yarchei kallah on December 31st and January 1st, with the well-known posek, Rav Yosef Kushner of Lakewood, New Jersey. The subject of the yarchei kallah was “Engaging…

LINK Kollel Holds Yarchei Kallah With Rabbi Yosef Kushner

Dedicating the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit Saturday evening, December 16th, Shaare Zedek Medical Center commemorated the official opening of the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the presence of the Ryzman family, hospital staff, and dignitaries. This…

Dedicating the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit

LAPD Celebrates Chanukah Rabbi Israel Hirsch, Chaplain LAPD The lobby of the Los Angeles Police Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles was filled with officers and civilians on Monday, December 12th, as a large menorah was prepared to be lit by Chief of Police Charlie Beck.…

LAPD Celebrates Chanukah

Interview: Nissim Black, Chassid and Internationally-Renowned Musician Yehudis Litvak Who are your role models in the world of Jewish music? David Hamelech! Among contemporary musicians, Mordechai ben David and Mordechai Shapiro – a stellar musician and composer. I try to get inspiration from different places.…

Interview: Nissim Black, Chassid and Internationally-Renowned Musician

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The American Israel Gap-Year Association’s 5th Annual Successful Fair Yehudis Litvak Over 300 enthusiastic students, parents, and educators gathered at YULA Girls High School on November 16th to participate in the annual Israel Gap Year Fair, cornerstone event of the American Israel Gap-Year Association (AIGYA).…

The American Israel Gap-Year Association’s 5th Annual Successful Fair

Giving Without Getting Sarah Pachter Have you ever – out of the blue – received personalized address labels in the mail, only to discover a request for a donation from a charitable organization right alongside the labels? Why do organizations bother creating personalized mailing labels…

Torah Musings: Giving Without Getting

Double Trouble Rebecca Klempner My sister will be visiting this week. Although we are very close, we only get to see each other about twice a year, so I am very, very excited. Rachel and I are identical twins. When I moved to Los Angeles…

Humor Column: Double Trouble

Dear Readers, On Wednesday last week, my cousin Moshe Rubashkin came off the bus and saw a lot of people crowded outside his house. Moshe, who has special needs, started getting antsy. Realizing this, his brother-in-law took him aside to explain that his father was…

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What is the difference between shevuos and nedarim? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com We learned about this on 25a. The baraisa there first mentions that only nedarim can go into effect on mitzvah objects. For example, if one made a neder that his…

Weekly Daf: What is the difference between shevuos and nedarim?

Learning, Living, and Loving Torah: the OU West Coast Convention Yehudis Litvak The annual Orthodox Union (OU) West Coast Convention took place over the weekend of November 30th through December 3rd. The theme of this year’s convention was Learn, Live, Love Torah. The numerous events…

Learning, Living, and Loving Torah: the OU West Coast Convention

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A Musical Night for Jewish Women Yehudis Litvak On Motzaei Shabbos, December 2nd, a Night of Beautiful Music and Niggunim for Women was held at Maayon Yisroel Chassidic Center. The event, in honor of all Kislev birthdays, was organized by Mushka Lightstone, whose birthday is…

A Musical Night for Jewish Women