Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game

Helping children to have a little fun   By Ilan Preskovsky There is more to helping those in need than dealing only with their specific problems, and one of the most effective, by far, is by uplifting their spirits. Sharing Seats, a not-for-profit organisation based in New Jersey, not only believes this, but goes about achieving it in a most unique way. Established in 2009 by Yoni Greenstein, a sales manager for IDT in Newark, New Jersey, Sharing Seats gives underprivileged or seriously ill children and their families the chance…

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Shavuos in Merril’s Kitchen

Shavuos in Merril’s Kitchen

  By: Merril Elvey Trying to discover the roots of my cooking odyssey has been an interesting journey in self-discovery. It seems that my love of food and cooking is inextricably linked with my personal teshuva journey. I have always known how to cook, and always enjoyed cooking (I come from a family of excellent cooks). But my real love of food began in earnest with the chagim as a young married wife and mother. As every Yom Tov rolled around I would start thinking of the foods associated with…

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What’s cooking?

What’s cooking?

  Tantalising kitchens around the world and giving back at the same time By Chandrea Serebro When a group of ladies get together in the kitchen to share recipes and create new ones, the end result is either chaos or culinary heaven. Considering every Jewish woman’s reluctance to share her bubbie’s matzah ball recipe, I would imagine it’s more likely the former than the latter. But, when the four ladies of Tantalize with Salads recipe book fame got together each week in the shul kitchen to delight their community at…

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Be kind

Be kind

  It’s that simple. And great things will come to you. By: Robert Sussman We are all familiar with the custom of reading Megillas Rus (the Book of Ruth) on Shavuos. So, it should surprise us just a bit to learn that our Sages actually asked regarding this megilla why it was even written down in the first place! Their answer: to teach the greatness of the reward for those who do kindnesses – and they specifically emphasise the word kindnesses, ie. in the plural, noting that the megilla tells…

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Moshe: Our Teacher

Moshe: Our Teacher

  Celebrating our connection with the Creator, and the man who made it possible.   By: Dovid Samuels On Shavuos we received the Torah, and, with it, the eternal connection to Hashem through His wisdom and His commandments. But along with the 613 mitzvos and the endless obligation to immerse ourselves in Hashem’s Torah, we also received two crucial beliefs: one being that the prophecy of Moshe Rabeinu is true, and that he is the only one, both before and after, to have such a prophecy; and the second is…

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