Visiting Eretz Bereishit A Fourth Grader, Yeshivat Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Los Angeles, California Recently, students at Yavneh participated in an innovative program. Yavneh’s headmaster, Rabbi Dear, summarizes the program as follows: “Our students were transported to biblical times, coming face-to-face with Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak and…

Visiting Eretz Bereishit

A Slice of Heaven on Earth Brenda Goldstein “Stop doing. Start being,” the theme of Shabbat Project 2018, flashed over the video screens during the first-ever Great Pink Challah Bake at Shalhevet High School on October 25th. Created in honor of October’s designation as Breast…

A Slice of Heaven on Earth

Vitamin “G” Cures All Sarah Pachter Okay, I admit I have not yet heard of a vitamin that cures all. However, I did recently come across an author, Janice Kaplan, who cleverly coined the term “Vitamin G” (as in gratitude) and presents it as a…

Torah Musings

Dear Readers, In the toxic partisan atmosphere that accompanies elections, it seems the only winner is the freedom to elect those candidates whom we choose. Millions of dollars are spent in advertising, door-to-door campaigners log many hours of home visits, each side predicting doomsday if…

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Love Increases Scholarship to $5000 for Gap Year Experience The Rosina Korda Gap Year Scholarship exclusively for American Israel Gap Year Fair Attendees (November 15th at YULA Girls High School) has grown to $5000 for each of three potential awardees thanks to the generosity of…

Love Increases Scholarship to $5000 for Gap Year Experience

Change the Channel Sarah Pachter A 30-second commercial for an exclusive luxury car was being filmed at my friend Kayla’s house. Kayla told me she was shocked to learn just how much time, money, and detail the advertising company spent in order to make the…

Torah Musings: Change the Channel

Bet You CAN Catch Me! Rebecca Klempner When I first returned to running after an 18-year hiatus, I was very proud of my morning jog. Here I am! I’d think. I’m 43 years old, mother to four (bli aiyin hara)! I have three bulging disks…

Humor: Bet You CAN Catch Me!

Dear Readers Are emotions real? Do they exist simply in order to help us accomplish things, or do they have a value of their own? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We all say it. But is it…

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What is the brachah on cooked bread? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com We learned about this on Wednesday’s daf (75b) this week. Rav Yosef there issues a ruling on “chavitza.” Rashi interprets chavitza to mean a cooked dish that includes pieces of bread.…

Weekly Daf: What is the brachah on cooked bread?

Hachnassas Sefer Torah Inaugurates New Home for LINK Kollel Rabbi Eli Stern  The LINK Kollel in Los Angeles offered the public its first glimpse of its new building—still under construction—as it held a joyous hachnassas sefer Torah on the Sunday before Yom Kippur, September 16th.…

Hachnassas Sefer Torah Inaugurates New Home for LINK Kollel

How Much for Your Integrity? Sarah Pachter Our family was walking through the Century City Mall one afternoon, when my son was drawn to the Microsoft Store. It was so crowded with people that we wondered, Is this some kind of a grand opening event?…

Torah Musings: How Much for Your Integrity?

Self-Transcendence, Part 2 Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Are you a kind person? A kind person is someone who consciously chooses to give people pleasure and avoid causing them pain. Kind people are givers and live in a self-transcending way. People who are not kind are…

Emotional Health: Self-Transcendence, Part 2

Dear Readers, If someone were to offer us a choice between 1) complete satisfaction and happiness with what we have and 2) as much money as we want, which would we take? As we re-enter our work lives, where we will exert ourselves till the…

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Does “על” mean “on” or “next to”? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com Thursday’s daf (62a) discussed this question as it pertains to how the Shavuos lambs and loaves are waved. The gemara brings several tannaim who grapple with the contradictory implications in the…

Weekly Daf: Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com

Sukkot: Keeping Cool or Crazy? Sarah Pachter Sukkot is a holiday I call “housekeeper crazy.” And no, not because the housekeeper is going crazy from all the cleaning tasks—that’s Pesach. Sukkot is “housekeeper crazy” because the housekeeper sees “those Jews” and thinks we are crazy!…

Torah Musings: Sukkot: Keeping Cool or Crazy?

In search of paper chains Rebecca Klempner Sukkos is coming, and I’m at a bit of a loss. Once upon a time, I had preschoolers. Preschoolers make actually sitting in the sukkah a bit sketchy, but they make sukkah decoration easy. Morah Rivki and Morah…

Humor: In search of paper chains