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WHY HANUKAH GELT?November 2018

What's the deeper meaning of money and what does it have to do with Hanukah? The Shulhan Aruchstates: “It is forbidden to derive any benefit from the lights of the Hanukah menorah... even to use the light to count your money.” When Jewish law wants to illustrate the prohibition against deriving benefit from the menorah, the example Read More »

By Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf

M&S SOFTBALL: COMMUNITY SOFTBALL AT ITS FINESTNovember 2018

The 2018 M&S Summer Softball night league was set to have its best season of its 11-year history. The draft was loaded with all-stars, leaving teams deeper in talent than any league has seen in community history. Each game was broadcasted live, followed by state-of-the-art highlights featuring GoPro camera footage and live commentary. Combined with Read More »

By Sam Sutton

MEET ISRAELI ENTREPRENEUR URI LEVINE CO-FOUNDER OF THE WAZE NAVIGATION APPNovember 2018

“Sechel” is the Hebrew word most often used when people use their wits, strategy, and critical thinking. In English, it’s “smarts,” but it’s much more than that. It took sechelfor a bunch of guys to come up with the idea that a mapping app on a mobile device could be more practical and efficient than a Read More »

By Dave Gordon

ARE YOUR TEFILLIN AND MEZUZOT KOSHER?November 2018

A Conversation with Rabbi Hayim Arking of Ohr Halacha “So where did you purchase your tefillin?” "From a rabbi in Israel.” This is how the conversation often begins with somebody brings his tefillin to a sofer(professional scribe) to be checked. But then comes the next question: “Who was the rabbi?” And this can make all the difference. This Read More »

By Pnina Souid

SYNCHRONIZING YOUR BODY CLOCK AND BEHAVIORNovember 2018

Establishing a regular eating schedule is critical to healthy living In addition to the numerous popular diets that have been publicized in the past two decades, intermittent fasting (IF) has also been touted as an effective strategy for achieving metabolic health and weight loss goals. Intermittent fasting plans are usually built on alternating days of Read More »

FALL BACK SAFELY: WHEN SETTING YOUR CLOCKS – CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORSNovember 2018

in your home's smoke detectors. “Smoke detectors save lives every day, but they are useless without batteries,” said Sasson. “It’s important to test your smoke detectors every six months and make sure all members of your family, including young children, know what the smoke detector sounds like and what to do if they hear it.” Read More »

COMMUNITY MEMBERS JOIN TOGETHER AT THE REACH FOR THE STARS FOURTH ANNUAL CARNIVALNovember 2018

Records were shattered this pastHol Hamoed Sukkot, as the fourth annual Reach for the Stars carnival exceeded all three previous years’ totals in attendance and fundraising. Over one thousand community families and supporters came out to enjoy this festive event, filling an entire residential block in Brooklyn for a day of fun and excitement. Reach Read More »

By Frieda Schweky

UCEF TACKLING THE TUITION CRISIS ONE BUSINESS TRANSACTION AT A TIMENovember 2018

One of the most frequently discussed issues confronting our community – and, quite likely, the most difficult hurdle plaguing our community in recent years – is the “tuition crisis.” In order to provide the best education possible to our community's youth, our private community schools need to charge exorbitant tuition prices. From paying their rent Read More »

By Frieda Schweky

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVESNovember 2018

  The Mitzvah Man organization had humble beginnings. One simple ad was run in community papers offering rides to the doctor and help with errands. The Mitzvah Man began with one man’s vision, and has grown into a cadre of dedicated volunteers. Here is just one example of how the Mitzvah Man organization stepped in Read More »

By Pnina Souid

PROPEL: INVESTING IN COMMUNITY WOMEN TO HELP THEM DISCOVER THEIR PAS-SION, PROFESSION, AND EARNING POTENTIALNovember 2018

  “I don’t know how I can ever thank PROPEL! I’m learning so much at work and the people are so fine. My husband is very supportive.” “If you told me two years ago what I’d be doing today, I wouldn’t have believed you. Thank you so much for pushing me and believing in me.” Read More »

By Alissa Shams And Randi Eisenstein