They told me that children come with a lot of stuff. Cribs, changing tables, diapers, bottles, burp cloths, lovies. Of that I was forewarned. Bleary eyes wide open, we sought to be cognizant of the amount of baby gear we stockpiled and tried to curb the amount of stuff we purchased—we bought used, we borrowed and we accepted hand-me-downs. Admittedly, it helped... Read more
Read this provocative article from Danny Nevins, a scholar from AJWS’s 2010 Rabbinical Student Delegation.
The third paragraph of birkat hamazon, the prayer after eating, presents an odd conflation of concerns. Opening with a petition for divine mercy toward Israel, its people, capital,... Read more
The High Holidays are upon us! Have you been reflecting on your year past and your year ahead?
If you haven’t started participating yet, I... Read more
Ah, Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year. A time to eat apples and honey. A time to spend with family. A time to start thinking about tzedakah?
In Jewish tradition, we are taught that on Rosh Hashanah, the Book of Life is opened and 10 days later, on Yom Kippur, it is sealed. Our heavenly... Read more
Whether we like to admit it or not, money is one of the strongest driving forces in our lives. Along with love, of course, money makes the world go ‘round. Here at AJWS, we wouldn’t have much of an impact in the developing world without the generous gifts of our donors. Of course, we... Read more
I’m a couple of years out of college with the student loans to show for it, living in the rent-is-too-damn-high-Manhattan, and working at an entry level job at a non-profit. So it may not shock you to learn that I don’t have the disposable income of a Bill Gates. I’m not facing... Read more
Several months ago, my husband was stopped by one of the ubiquitous young people on the streets of Manhattan fundraising for good causes. He was told that for just $22 a month, he could sponsor a needy child in the Global South. Moved by the pitch, he signed up, and soon after, a photo of... Read more