Alive or Living? Sarah Pachter My son recently posed a clever riddle. “Imagine you’re faced with three doors, and you must choose one to open and go through. One room has ninja assassins, another has a lion that hasn’t eaten in three months, and the…

Sarah’s Corner: Alive or Living

Jewish Homeschooling on the Rise in Uncertain Times Yehudis Litvak In over a decade of homeschooling here, in Los Angeles, I have seen our local Jewish homeschooling group grow and evolve, adjusting each year to the needs of new and continuing homeschool families. But never…

Jewish Homeschooling on the Rise in Uncertain Times

Dear Readers, The Middle East will never be the same again. Peace with Israel is no longer taboo—indeed looks like it will become mainstream in the very near future. We are witnessing a modern miracle. Additionally, this peace comes from a place of respect. A…

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Obituary: Cecilia Krayndler On Monday, May 25, 2020 (2 Sivan), Cecilia Krayndler passed away at the age of 61. Cecilia was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who left us all too soon. Cecilia was a woman who put everyone’s needs above…

Obituary: Cecilia Krayndler

Put the Glass Down and Let Go  Sarah Pachter A professor once held a glass half-filled with water in front of his class and asked, “How heavy do you think this is?” Students called out various answers: “Two ounces,” “Six ounces,” and so on. The…

Sarah’s Corner: Put the Glass Down and Let Go

Dear Readers, We have witnessed the world change right before our eyes. Laws, perspectives, and attitudes which we would have never dreamed of have interrupted our familiar reality. For the believer, this isn’t as startling. It’s no virtue to trust in mankind, and of course…

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Fighting the Pandemic of 2020 Sarah Pachter Imagine you are back in seventh grade American History class. For 45 minutes, you listen to your teacher lecture about the city of St. Louis in 1918. She describes how they closed schools, playgrounds, and churches when the…

Fighting the Pandemic of 2020

Dear Readers, I hope we never go back to normal. To the normal activity of taking things for granted: under-appreciating the basic items and people in our lives, the joy of meeting a friend in the street, the thrill of davening with a minyan or…

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Book Review: Out of the Shadow, by Rochelle Garfield (JewishSelfPublishing 239 pages) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Out of the Shadow, Rochelle Garfield’s first novel, explores a plethora of today’s hot topics in the world of mental health, including psychotherapy, anorexia, and bipolar disorder. As…

Book Review: Out of the Shadow, by Rochelle Garfield

When The Lubavitcher Rebbe Seld-Quarantined For The Seder Rabbi Pini Dunner, Rav of Young Israel North Beverly Hills One of the issues that has been coming up again and again in the past week during phone calls I have been having with my community, and…

When The Lubavitcher Rebbe Seld-Quarantined For The Seder

Fix Your Focus Sarah Pachter Not too long ago, my husband and I were privileged to celebrate our eldest son’s bar mitzvah. We were going through the pictures from the photographer afterwards and stopped on one shot of the women dancing. At first, it all…

Torah Musings: Fix Your Focus

Dear Readers, First of all, wishes for a refuah sheleimah to all those who need it. May Hashem ease the pain of all those suffering with the coming of Mashiach now. What a two weeks it has been. Everyone is at home here, and there’s…

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Yeshivas Ner Aryeh’s Annual Melaveh Malkah Welcomes Chashuve Speaker Brenda Goldstein “Ner Aryeh is a family,” said Yeshivas Ner Aryeh executive assistant Debra Berman at the yeshiva’s annual melaveh malkah at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. “It’s a place where I work, but it’s really a family.…

Yeshivas Ner Aryeh’s Annual Melaveh Malkah Welcomes Chashuve Speaker

S.T.O.P., Look, and Listen Sarah Pachter One Shabbos, I wanted to make a delicious yet healthy dessert. I found a recipe for coconut and hazelnut truffles, and I decided to give it a whirl. The recipe required an unusual ingredient, and I called a few…

Torah Musings: S.T.O.P., Look, and Listen

Dear Readers, It’s said in the name of the Maggid of Mezeritch, “See how precious the body of a Jew is to the Almighty; because of it we have forgone countless mitzvos!” Billions of individuals are currently home. No school, work, entertainment. Just us and…

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