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Wednesday, October 22, 28 Tishrei. A vicious terrorist plows his car into a crowd of civilians. The immediate casualty was three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun. Still struggling to digest the horror that has irrevocably altered his children’s lives, Chaya Zissel Braun’s grandfather conveyed unshakeable emunah to the media that gathered outside the shivah home. And for all of us who can’t shake the image of that sweet face, the picture of innocence and trust, he has a message to share.
We’ve been told for years that fat is the enemy, but recent studies indicate that thinking might be skewed. Sugar, it turns out, also contributes significantly to weight gain, the star ingredient in so many “low-fat” diet plans. In the frum community, both sugar and fat star prominently on our dinner tables. Is there a healthier way to eat, one in which taste isn’t substituted for health? We found out
Is the Door Closing on Kiruv? That was the question we posed in our September 3 edition. Members of the editorial board had all heard varying reports of kiruv’s early demise. Baal teshuvah yeshivos were struggling, college kids in America no longer cared about their Judaism, iPhones were making young people iVacant. And almost as soon as the article was published, the letters started coming, mostly from kiruv professionals, raising objections.
When’s the last time 1 million Jews did anything together? The enormity of last week’s Shabbos Project happening wasn’t just that religious, once-a-year, lightly affiliated, and non-observing Jews sat around the same Shabbos table, sang the same Shabbos zemiros (with the aid of a booklet made available on the Shabbos Project website), and enjoyed sweet, satisfying divrei Torah alongside total strangers, but that any of this happened at all.