Author: JA Mag

The Contemporary Rebbetzin: What’s It Like to Be a Rebbetzin in 2017?

Irrespective of their different life stories and circumstances—one truth emerges: rebbetzinhood entails a certain amount of mesirut nefesh, self-sacrifice. And yet these idealistic, high-energy and impassioned women say they wouldn’t have it any other way. They simply cannot envision living their lives any differently.

Mesorah: The Rav Speaks

Below is a synopsis by Rabbi Steven Weil of a brilliant and influential speech delivered in 1975 by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik where he outlined the role of creativity and conservation in Torah. F

Torah “R” Us: Are Too Many Toys Bad for Our Children?

By Jack (Yankl) Botwinik “Can we stop by the dollar store?” my nine-year-old pleads as we drive home from school. “I really need something for Ari’s party tomorrow, and I also need a police hat and a new gun for Purim.” When I was little, I watched in delight...

Bravo!

Illustration: Nachman Hellman/www.nachmanhellman.com I was a yeshivah student. My chavruta Elchanan and I would study together all week, and on Fridays we would roam the streets of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem to rummage through bookstores. We would examine the new books and pick over the old ones. Once I...

Meet Michael Borkow: A Comedy Writer Who Takes His Judaism Very Seriously

     Photo: Tim Sullens Smack dab in the middle of a prolific Hollywood career, writing and producing such monster-hit shows as Friends, Roseanne and Malcolm in the Middle, Michael Borkow decided to create a brand new episode in his life–one that featured Torah study, Shabbat and shul. He had...

“Dear Reb Aharon”

Our spring edition included a review by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein of Rabbi Aharon Feldman’s recent book, The Eye of the Storm. On these pages is a letter received from Rabbi Feldman together with Rabbi Lichtenstein’s response. Dear Reb Aharon: The warm and friendly comments at the end of your...

Breaking the Snack Habit

Q: How do I stop my terrible habit of constantly snacking on anything and everything? A: Snacking is not a terrible habit. In fact, most nutrition experts agree that regular healthy snacking is a smart nutrition practice. It provides valuable nutrients in between meals and also keeps you...