With the number of Jews opting for cremation unfortunately on the rise, one never knows when he or she might be able to help another Jew choose a traditional Jewish burial over cremation. Do you know a Jew who is considering cremation? If so, here is an uncomplicated approach that might succeed in changing someone’s mind.
When American Orthodoxy was in its infancy, well before the day school movement, the idealistic, energetic women of the OU Women’s Branch persevered to build and strengthen religious life amidst significant challenges.
Even amid routine practices, on occasion we find ourselves acting by rote, lacking a freshness in our spiritual lives.
The best way to identify a good topic is to select something you would want to hear about. Simply ask yourself, “What topic would I like to hear discussed and how would I want to hear it presented?”
The main thing is just to start and not be worried about understanding and retaining everything the first time around. The more you learn the more you’ll understand and remember later on.
When you speak to someone on the telephone, for instance, you may not know what the individual looks like but you can certainly speak with him. So why can’t you talk to Hakadosh Baruch Hu even though His presence is hidden?
It’s important to keep in mind that davening from the amud is not a performance.
God is our constant companion. He’s a member of our family, He’s a member of our office space, He’s a member of our social circle. He’s a companion in our lives wherever we go and in whatever we do.
Your guests might span the spectrum of Jewry. . . . It has to be okay with you. Just know that each guest around your table is a Jew who wants to experience the beauty of Shabbos—and you are helping him or her do that.
Our guiding principle for bikkur cholim—as chaplains, rabbis or people in the community—is this: when in doubt, show up.
Grief may take a long time. While Chazal established certain time periods for aveilus, there’s no set recovery time for everyone.
Keep in mind that whatever circumstance you find yourself in, whatever activity you’re involved in, whatever words you use, reflect not just on you, but on the entire Jewish people. You represent something much bigger than yourself.
In Morocco we didn’t eat meat the entire Nine Days [similar to the Ashkenazic minhag and unlike other Sephardim], although there were three different customs regarding meat consumption on Shabbat, depending on one’s family tradition and the city in which one lived.
They will all have challenges in their lives, I thought, and I want them to see that someone with a difficult challenge can get through it with cheerfulness and faith.
A visit to the museum provides an opportunity for Jews to learn about the impact of our central sacred texts on the wider world and can have an impact on our sense of Jewish pride and religious mission.
An increasing number of Chareidim in Israel, both men and women, are finding their way into careers in high-tech, business and other lucrative fields.
“My goal is to preserve our beautiful communities. But sometimes you have to adapt in order to preserve in an ever-changing world.”
What would you wager? What percentage of our young people are married due to the efforts of a professional shadchan?
These kid-friendly dishes are fun to make and will help children of all ages learn new cooking techniques.
Was the ketonet passim an “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?” There are traditional interpretations that describe it as multi-colored, although that is not the prevalent opinion. But it was certainly not a “dreamcoat.”