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A Purim “Shpil” in Soviet Moscow

              It was early 1987, and Jewish emigration was at a virtual standstill. What better way than a drama of victory over ancient enemies to sustain our own hope of escape? The time was 1987, the place Moscow. Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union was at a near-standstill. In…

Coming Home

By:  Tiffany Monastyrsky As the sun hid further behind the stones she greeted her hands fell upon them – cold, smooth, awakening her. They whisper to her secrets, seeping from in between each locked stone. Closing her liquid eyes, unlocking her lips, letting the wind escort her words where they please. Opening her eyes, seeing…

The Mitzvot of Albert Mammon

by Beth Sarafraz This heroic NY cop is a rescuer, matchmaker and Jewish mensch. Meet Albert Mammon. You may already be familiar with his name because some of his good deeds were reported on TV, in newspapers, and on social media – where the stories went viral and comments under them numbered in the stratosphere….

The Joyous Journey from Ego to Soul

  ——————– Rabbi David Aaron is a spiritual teacher who has invested over 3 decades delving into life’s BIGGEST question marks and sharing his life-changing wisdom and insights to adults and young adults. He has emerged as the ‘God expert’ simply because he has dared to ask and answer the most difficult questions that he/ALL…

Heroic Soviet Prisoner of Zion

by Beth Sarafraz The valiant courage of Sylva Zalmanson. Today Sylva Zalmanson is one of Israel’s most successful artists. 45 years ago she made headlines as a Soviet refusenik, a Prisoner of Zion, whose unwavering courage, decisiveness, defiance and dignity, even while in captivity, made her a symbol of freedom and faith. The Soviet Union…

HOW WONDERFUL IS YOUR LIFE?

By: Rabbi David Aaron I was walking down the street with my two-year-old son. He looked up and saw something fly by in the sky. He was just beginning to talk. In utter amazement he pointed and said, “that.” I looked up, and said, “Oh, that’s a bird.” My son repeated, “Bird.” I felt really…

Holy Kvetching

Holy Kvetching We all know some Jews that complain, a lot. We even have a Yiddish expression for complaining, Kvetching. Kvetching is such an evocative word; it makes me think of someone mentally clearing his or her throat. As if complaints are the phlegm of the mind that needs to be expectorated before choking mental…

The Under-Constructionist Manifesto

The Under-constructionist Blog #1 The Manifesto Welcome to the Under-constructionist movement. Allow me to share with you our Manifesto. We believe that Humanity as a whole and human beings in particular are both works in progress. Hence, we are Under Construction. We take great pleasure in our previous accomplishments but are not satisfied with them,…