Shabbat Zmirot: Orly Krupp

Orly Krupp, Baltimore, Maryland   Picture this: You’re on a shabbaton—school, camp, NCSY, CTeen, Machon Maayan, whatever you’re into. It’s undeniable that one of the most impactful parts of Shabbat is the singing after Seudah Shlishit (the third meal of Shabbat). It’s the part of the shabbaton that always leaves you wanting more. Why is this?... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Nathalie Tick

Nathalie Tick, Mequon, Wisconsin   Shabbat Shalom and almost Chanukah! I'm going to share something that I learned from Rav Hochbaum this week about how Chanukah relates to this week's parsha of Vayeishev. Chanukah, the holiday of light, takes place on the 25th of Kislev, and it just so happens that the 25th word of... Continue Reading →

Know an Aleph Teach an Aleph: Hannah Kaplun

Hannah Kaplun, Ridgewood, New Jersey   I’m going to start off with a story. There was once a girl who really didn’t know a lot about Judaism. She obviously celebrated Chanukah because, well, that’s what Jews do around Christmas. She proudly twisted her electric menorah to add one more day. Shavuot? What’s that? And Purim,... Continue Reading →

Open Our Eyes: Mackenzie Taller

Mackenzie Taller, Woodmere, New York   You know when you lose your phone and you’re looking for it everywhere but can’t seem to find it no matter where you look? You go to your mom and ask if she’s seen it. She says “Yeah it’s on the shelf in your room,” To which you reply,... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Chana Coughlan

Chana Coughlan, Denver, Colorado   In this week's parsha, we learn about Yosef’s dreams and the deterioration of his relationship with his brothers. Yosef’s two dreams played a significant role in the his brothers' resentment towards him. The Beis HaLevi teaches that the Torah tells us that after the first dream the brothers hated Yosef,... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Claire Segal

Claire Segal, Bucks County, Pennsylvania   This week's parsha is Vayeishev, which means “to dwell.” We, the Jewish people, have been dwelling in Eretz Yisrael since our beginning.   And, since our beginning, we've been known for our kindness. Avraham is the paragon of chesed, and he passed this trait on to each one of... Continue Reading →

Parshat Bereishit: Vered Kaplan

Vered Kaplan, New York City, New York Trust The Process For those who don’t know sports, "Trust the Process" is from the Philadelphia 76ers slogan. Since I love sports, of course, I had to put something sports related in here. However, it’s a slogan with a deeper meaning. The 76ers are an NBA team full... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeira: Yael Beylus

Yael Beylus, Woodmere, New York Parshat Vayeira, like so many of the early parshiot in the Torah, is full of many amazing stories, making it a challenge to focus on just one. For me, the Akeidah seemed an appropriate focal point, as it’s the truest depiction of emunah, ahava, and Yir’at Hashem we see in... Continue Reading →

Parshat Bereishit: Alexis Gross

Alexis Gross, Cleveland, Ohio   Let’s say you just got a brand new iPhone. Would you take the time to read about how it was invented and who the creator was and the whole story behind the iPhone? Or, would you skip straight to the instructions manual to set it up and use it? If... Continue Reading →

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