Author: JA Mag

A Beit Midrash Like No Other

By Tuvia Fox Growing up, I had a vague familiarity with NCSY as an organization my parents had been active in as teenagers. However, having had the privilege of being raised in a vibrant Orthodox community and to attend a “black-hat” yeshivah, NCSY was not an organization with much...

Responses to “Why Aren’t Our Kids in Shul?”

Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin Responds In his article “Why Aren’t Our Kids in Shul?” (summer 2011), Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz writes the following: One of the most powerful pieces of research I have read on the subject is from studies done on church attendance: “Most children regard worship as uninteresting and...

Losing Your Job Without Losing Yourself

By Cary A. Friedman Losing a job is never a pleasant or easy or pleasant experience. A job plays a variety of different roles in our lives. Some of those roles are healthy; others are not. Many people attempt to satisfy their need for self-fulfillment through their jobs, and...

Giving in a Difficult Economy: Return to Sender—If You Can

      By Dave Felsenthal Few personal letters still arrive by “snail-mail,” but the pile of catalogs, announcements and requests for donations seems to be growing. Who is sending those solicitation envelopes, and how should you respond? At a wedding last summer in Manhattan, I shared a table...

Saving Lives on Shabbat

Saving Lives on Shabbat Both Yehuda Avner in his interview (“Up Close with Yehuda Avner” by Michael Freund, summer 2011) and Joseph Lieberman in his book, The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath, excerpted in the same issue discuss their experiences in which life-threatening circumstances required...

Torah Tapestries

By Shira Smiles Feldheim Publishers Jerusalem, 2010 224 pages Reviewed by Holly Pavlov Shira Smiles is a well-known name in Jewish education, and has been one for many years. Torah Tapestries, her newly published book on Sefer Bereishit, is her latest contribution to the Torah world. In this book,...

Chaim Grade’s Centenary

In his writings, Chaim Grade conveys a picture of Eastern European Jewry that he knew so well. While he was, by his own admission, far from observant, his artistic achievements are widely recognized. Many Jewish Action readers have read Grade’s works in translation, if not in the original, and...

The Making of a Mensch: Lessons from Tiger Mom

Psychologist Ivan Lerner argues that “Tiger Mom” may have a point after all As an educator and a clinical psychologist for the past thirty-five years, I found the debate generated by the publication of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Yale professor Amy Chua most interesting. While I...