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Were you raised with secure attachment? If you’re like 40% of Americans, the answer, sadly, is no. Secure attachment was a term I was vaguely familiar with, but have recently learned about through my work in Makom – the Jew in the City branch which helps disenfranchised charedi Jews find their place […]
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Ani l’doni v’dodi li – I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me. (Song of Songs 3:3) The Hebrew letters at the start of these four words form the word Elul, the name of the month preceding Rosh Hashana. With the “beloveds” at the center of Song […]
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This class was originally given to the members of Makom, a branch of Jew in the City which helps disenfranchised charedi Jews find their place in Orthodoxy. Fayga Leah Landau is a beloved Satmar Chasidic teacher mentor who has spoken for Makom on numerous occasions. The post Fayga Leah Landau […]
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My eldest left for the Holy Land this week. She didn’t just go to learn for the year in seminary. She plans to make a life in the land of her forefathers. We do too, but she’ll get there first and be the most compelling reason we’ve ever had to […]
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Years ago, I had just arrived at seminary in Israel and soon after I learned that a friend who was key to inspiring my journey had misrepresented herself to me. I was confused, upset and didn’t know how to continue having a spiritual experience when I had been so let […]
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Years ago, I had just arrived at seminary in Israel and soon after, learned that a friend who was key to inspiring my journey had misrepresented themselves to me. I was confused, upset and didn’t know how to continue having a spiritual experience when I had been so let down. […]
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Years ago, I had just arrived at seminary in Israel and soon after, learned that a friend who was key to inspiring my journey had misrepresented themselves to me. I was confused, upset and didn’t know how to continue having a spiritual experience when I had been so let down. […]
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The great violinist Itzhak Perlman contracted polio at the age of four, and for his entire life he had to wear metal braces and use crutches to walk. One time, the great violinist came out on stage, and as he was tuning his violin, one of the strings snapped. Instead […]
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“I live in New York,” I said to myself. “It’s the easiest place in the world to keep kosher besides some cities in Israel.” Though I was just a high school student, and most of my family was not religious, I took it upon myself to keep kosher. Being Jewish […]
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As I sit here mourning the loss of the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple) that was burned to the ground 2000 years ago, catapulting the Jewish people into a painful exile, where we’ve been beaten and murdered, expelled and tortured in almost every land we’ve ever lived in since then, I […]
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