What the Orthodox Girl Taught Me Sarah Pachter D.V. was the first “cool” religious girl I met. I was 18 years old and had just arrived in seminary.  She was just a year older and strictly Orthodox. She had a double-name (Devorah-Shainale), and her sister’s…

Sarah’s Corner: What the Orthodox Girl Taught Me

Dear Readers, 3,333 years ago the Yidden in Mitzraim were instructed by Moshe to take a sheep, the idol of the Egyptians, and tie it to their beds. They were to explain to anyone asking that in a few days they would be shechting the…

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When Everything Goes Wrong Sarah Pachter Oooh, that looks good! Click…add to cart. Oh my goodness, that’s gluten free? I’ll take two! Click. A few clicks later I completed my Pesach order, and called Mrs. Goldman[1], a 98-year old Holocaust survivor. Years ago, she had…

Sarah’s corner: When Everything Goes Wrong

Dear Readers, Hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chadashim, this month shall be the first of the months. We Yidden count the years starting from Rosh Hashanah, while the months start from Nissan. There’s a natural way Hashem runs this world that is reflected in the cycle…

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Parenting with Joy Sarah Pachter Ah…silence. It was September 2020. My kids had just started school, and for the first time in several months, I was able to enjoy a quiet meal with no “background” noise. There were no toddlers pulling on my clothing, no…

Sarah’s Corner: Parenting with Joy

From Yeshiva to Diplomacy: An interview with Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman By Sarah Pachter Now more than ever, Israel is in the headlines —for making historical peace agreements, rapidly administering COVID-19 vaccinations, and for technological breakthroughs, among other achievements. Recently, The Jewish Home was…

From Yeshiva to Diplomacy: An interview with Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman

Dear Readers, The Megillah is a perfect source of inspiration for times such as these. In those days everything seemed upside down. The devastating decree happened at a time when a Yid was Queen and Mordechai occupied a position as a top advisor who had…

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Queen Esther Revisited –a Heroic Story of Personal Transformation Alanna Apfel One of the things that I appreciate most about Judaism is that with each Yom Tov, we have the opportunity to take time and reflect on our lives. With Purim being the anniversary that…

Queen Esther Revisited –a Heroic Story of Personal Transformation

Inspiration During Difficult Times Sarah Pachter It was almost a year ago when Los Angeles County announced the Stay At Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, this year has been a challenging one for most of us. Although we are all…

Sarah’s Corner: Inspiration During Difficult Times

Dear Readers, The famed chassid Reb Binyamin Kletzker used to relate that his first interaction with Chassidim was watching Reb Zalman Zezmer during Parshas Zachor. He was awestruck by the visible expression of hatred toward the accursed nation of Amalek and what they represent. What’s…

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A Princess Without a Crown by Jenna Maio Reviewed by Sarah Pachter A Princess Without a Crown, by Jenna Maio, is an inspiring memoir about a young woman’s journey towards Orthodox Judaism. Jenna grew up on Long Island, less than a mile away from the…

Book Review: A Princess Without a Crown by Jenna Maio

Imagination Creates Chemistry Sarah Pachter “It is our imagination which is responsible for love, not the other person.” Marcel Proust Kelly shared the story of her very first conversation with Jeff, her now husband. A mutual friend suggested the match, and Jeff was given Kelly’s…

Sarah’s Corner: Imagination Creates Chemistry

Dear Readers, In this week’s Parsha we read how the Yidden didn’t return to Mitzraim after 3 days as Moshe Rabbeinu said they would. They also didn’t return the objects they borrowed from the Mitzri’im. Was this not a Chilul Hashem? Is it a Chilul…

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Big People, Big Problems Sarah Pachter Little kid, little problems. Big kid, big problems. When children are young, a big concern may be figuring out which foods to offer picky infants or how to baby-proof the house for a rambunctious toddler. As children age parental…

Sarah’s Corner: Big People, Big Problems