Celebrating Torah Learning at the Los Angeles Siyum HaShas Yehudis Litvak In an atmosphere simultaneously festive and solemn, hundreds of local Daf Yomi learners completed Shas and began learning it anew at last Sunday’s Siyum HaShas here in Los Angeles. Held at Royce Hall at…

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SMART Goals Sarah Pachter I have always believed in the concept of growth charts. I don’t mean the kind that you find at the pediatrician’s office. Nope, I’m talking about self-improvement. Usually, we approach January 1st and think, Oh man, I’m just about where I…

Torah Musings: SMART Goals

Dear readers, We are living in a time of seeming uncertainty: Intolerance and outright hatred being shown right here in America. A militant Islamic government has promised revenge for U.S. military action, with Israel as one of the targets. And, in general, there’s an underlying…

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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, PhD, Speaks at Cedars-Sinai Talmud Dedication Gift of Complete Set of the Talmud Coincides with Seven-Year Cycle of Daily Jewish Learning Prominent Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, PhD, made a pilgrimage of sorts Tuesday, December 17th, when he visited Cedars-Sinai for the dedication…

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, PhD, Speaks at Cedars-Sinai Talmud Dedication

Expo at BYLA Inspires and Educates Yehudis Litvak Last week, the 10th grade at Bais Yaakov Los Angeles (BYLA) hosted a magnificent Torah Expo—an exhibit with a display and a creative activity on each mitzvah listed in the mishnah, “Eilu Devarim,” which we say every…

Expo at BYLA Inspires and Educates

Basketball Bruises Sarah Pachter A few weeks ago, I played basketball for the first time in 15 years. Thirteen women walked through the doors of the state-of-the-art YULA gym for a women’s-only evening of basketball. The spacious gym reminded me of my high school days.…

Torah Musings: Basketball Bruises

Dear readers, There’s something in the Chanukah lights which moves people in a very deep way. Part of it is due to memories of ourselves while we were children and—not yet jaded—still experienced the world as pure. Another part is the message the holiday carries:…

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Communicated: In the Business of Igniting Souls: Neve Yerushalayim Jerusalem, December 1980: A young American tourist wearing jeans and a backpack descends the steps to the Kotel plaza. Gazing at the Wall for the first time, she knows she’s supposed to be moved. But she’s too…

Communicated: In the Business of Igniting Souls: Neve Yerushalayim

Evening of Chizuk Inspires and Educates Parents and Teachers Yehudis Litvak Teachers and parents drew inspiration and acquired practical strategies at the annual Evening of Chizuk, entitled Keys to Unlocking the Child’s Potential. The event was hosted by the Los Angeles Teacher Center of Torah…

Evening of Chizuk Inspires and Educates Parents and Teachers

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Hermès and the Birkin Bag Sarah Pachter The Art of Giving was a fundraising event created to raise money for Tomchei Shabbos, a Los Angeles based organization that provides food and clothing for those in need within the community. The event took place at The…

Torah Musings: Hermès and the Birkin Bag

Facing Difficult Feelings Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT In Judaism, one of the most important character traits a person can acquire is being honest with one’s self. It is especially important to be honest about how we feel, particularly when we experience uncomfortable or unwanted feelings.…

Emotional Health: Facing Difficult Feelings

Dear readers, After I left kollel and joined the workforce, it felt strange to that throughout the yeshiva system we had learned the halachos of Shabbos, kashrus, davening, and marriage in depth, but the halachos of business—employing workers, being an employee, sales transactions, commitments, partnerships,…

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