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Home and School: Fostering an Attitude of Ezer K’negdo, Part I

In his essay, “On the Collaboration Between Home and School” (Collected Writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Feldheim Publishers, New York, 1992, pp. 101 ff.), Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch outlines his view on the special educational partnership that exists between parents and educators. Rav Hirsch speaks of a “division of

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Understanding the Mandate of ‘Loving Thyself’

Part I

In Sefer Vayikra, we are presented with a litany of mandates that guide us along the journey of spiritual growth; these include the mitzvot that reflect the obligations that go along with the privileges inherent in our status as the “chosen people,” endowed with the “Tzelem Elokim” within

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The Beauty of the Struggle

I have written a few times in this forum about the wonderful trip to Eretz Yisroel, which I enjoyed along with our bechor Shalom this past winter in honor of his bar mitzvah. While there we had the zechus to meet a few of the Gedolei Yisroel, including Rav Aron Leib Shteinman shlita. It wasn’t easy even getting into Rav Shteinman’s

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Essential Dating Lessons Gleaned From Megillat Rut

Boaz clearly exhibits romantic interest in Rut in Perek 2 of Megillat Rut. Why then did the relationship fail to blossom into marriage at that point? Why was it necessary for Rut to subsequently take the bold and drastic actions recorded in Perek 3? We are compelled to carefully investigate why the conventional route did not gain traction

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Naso: A Hair-Raising Tale

Bamidbar: 6:18

Rabbi Zevulun Haimovitz did not have beautiful hair—not that his hair was particularly important to him. It had been rather curly when he was a little boy, and then it got frizzy and unmanageable when he was an adolescent. When it started to go gray in his 40s, the gray hairs were

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Bava Kamma 9-10

May the learning of these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.

 

Bava Kamma 9

An Elephant as the Wall of a Sukkah?

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My Plea to the Jewish Community

Although I am only 24 years old, I see myself as having achieved more than most young adults. A college graduate with a 3.94 GPA who balanced school, extracurricular activities and other life responsibilities, I never could have predicted that I would one day be subject to a shidduch crisis of a different caliber. I never imagined that I

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Purim at Colel Chabad: Just Another Day of Chesed and Mitzvot

Jerusalem—This week, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim, which dates back to before the common era as a celebration of the successful Jewish resistance against a Babylonian state-sponsored apartheid. Though the miracles in the time of Mordechai and Esther were primarily of a political and military nature, the

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Torn Israeli Flag Incident Investigated at FDU

Teaneck—A flag of Israel, ripped down the middle, fluttered above the heads of two Israeli students, one formerly in special combat forces in the IDF, on the evening of March 24 as they walked into Jeepers, a student eatery on the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Though there are flags of many countries displayed

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A Tsunami of Terror

It was a gruesome murder that shocked us all. The horrific image of a man and woman, a father and mother, a husband and wife being gunned down in their car by terrorists as four of their young children watched from the back seat is forever ingrained in our hearts and minds. As we learned about the brutal terrorist attack that

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CIJE-Tech Middle School Engineering Students Build 3-D Dreidels

New York—It’s a high-tech Chanukah this year with the first 3-D printed electronic dreidels developed as part of the CIJE-Tech Middle School (MS) Engineering Program.

The Chanukah project with a twist was conceived as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum

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Purim at Colel Chabad: Just Another Day of Chesed and Mitzvot

Jerusalem—This week, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim, which dates back to before the common era as a celebration of the successful Jewish resistance against a Babylonian state-sponsored apartheid. Though the miracles in the time of Mordechai and Esther were primarily of a political and military

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