8 August

War Brings Soldiers Closer to Their Judaism

“Welcome.  Hashem is With You” reads a spray-painted wooden sign posted at the entrance to the army base at Gaza’s southernmost tip.  This is the Israeli army’s main infantry training grounds and for the past several weeks it has been the site of major activity as Israel’s soldiers...
8 August

The Inaugural Women’s OU Israel/L’ayla Mission to Israel a Great Success

OU Israel, in conjunction with L’ayla, hosted the first annual Women’s mission to Israel during the week of Feb. 13-22, 2011. A group of women from across the United States joined the trip and the verdict was unanimous- it was an unforgettable experience for all the participants, including...
8 August

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi- The Art of Being Happy

Last week, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi gave a powerful and captivating shiur to over 170 women in an event run by L’Ayla, a learning program for women at the OU Israel Center. Rabbanit Yemima spoke about the power of happiness and how to achieve true simcha during the month of...
8 August

Torah, Kippas and Kickboxing

The Trumpeldor neighborhood of Naharia is home to the poorest of the city’s poor, despite its tree-lined, well lit streets. With teenagers in those streets, and little to occupy their time, the neighborhood environment breeds lethargy, boredom and violence. Arik, a long time resident, and a broad shouldered, kippah...
8 August

Take a Good Look

Picture this: a government minister delivers a complex shiur klali to a packed Beit Midrash. Believe it or not, it happened in the Lev Yehudi Beit Midrash in Ramat HaSharon. Just before Rosh Hashana, Netanel Ben Siman Tov, director of Lev Yehudi Yisraeli, and I, accompanied Minister of Science,...
8 August

Feasting

In one word? Incredible. That was my response when a colleague asked how the weekend went. A small smile crossed her face when I responded and when I asked why. She said, “I had my answer before you said anything. As soon as I asked about the weekend, your...
8 August

Hollywood Here I Come!

The lights were dim, the house was packed. Not a single seat in the audience at Heichal HaTarbut in Tel Aviv was empty, and as I took the stage the spotlight was on me. I’d like to take credit for being the draw, the main attraction. But alas, it...