There seems to be a widespread misconception in the Orthodox world that the upcoming holiday of Simchat Torah is a “men’s holiday.”
I can understand the confusion, stemming from what we…celebrate and how we celebrate it. Simchat Torah has evolved as a celebration of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings—readings which, in Orthodox shuls, occur purely on the men’s side of the mechitza (divider). And we celebrate it by taking all the Torah scrolls out of the ark—also on the men’s side—and dancing seven… >> Read More
The Challenge: There are 6 million American schoolchildren suffering from potentially life-threatening allergies and diet-related illnesses. Without proper labeling on food, the school cafeteria can…be a very dangerous place. The Solution: The School Food Labeling Initiative. The Teen Hero Who’s Making This World A Better Place: Lauren Maunus, of Palm City, Florida. Lauren was just 4 years old when she saw how dangerous unknown allergies could be. Her little sister almost died from an unexpected reaction to eating a… >> Read More
Are you on Pinterest? If not, you might have missed some of the mouth-watering, drool-worthy photos of cheesy pull-apart breads, often made with a load of crusty sourdough bread. Since I am always…dreaming up new ways to add challah bread to everyday life, I recently thought: Why not try this with a round loaf of challah? You might even already have a leftover loaf in your freezer or sitting on your counter. This kind of recipe is a perfect party appetizer to enjoy during football-viewing or movie… >> Read More
Many moms push their baby in a stroller without even realizing the absolute ease and convenience a simple piece of technology affords them. Imagine not having that convenience.
That was the…reality for Michigan mom Sharina Jones. After losing the use of her legs in an accidental shooting at 5 years old, she's used a wheelchair since; she even started a non-profit organization called Think Beyond The Chair that delivers wheelchairs to children in impoverished nations. So, as an expecting mom, she was worried about how she could use… >> Read More
We know. Once October jauntily rolls around, everyone seems to be thinking about the holiday, and we're not talking about Shemini Atzeret. We're talking about Christmas. And we're totally cool with…Christmas. We like the look and feel of the holiday season just as much as the next guy (peppermint hot cocoa challah, anyone?) But--and this is a big but--it's also the time of year when Jews inevitably feel left out. Today, the U.S. Postal Service released their new "A Charlie Brown Christmas" stamp collection in celebration of the 50th anniversary… >> Read More