Monthly Archive: July 2011

Rosh Chodesh Av conundrum: To be happy or sad?


The Mishna Torah says: “As Av enters, we diminish joy”.  Rosh Chodesh, the new Jewish month, of Av falls this year on this coming Monday, August 1st, and is the beginning of the stricter 9 day mourning period for the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash – both the First and Second Jewish Temples in Jerusalem. However, in …

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Giving Charity: Gift, Purchase or Investment?


Although philanthropy is a gift, not a purchase, some donors want to be recognized for their contribution beyond the indispensable ‘thank you’ receipt. “How will I be treated?” Is question #9 in Harvey McKinnon’s famous book, The 11 questions every donor asks. Effectively acknowledging contributions can be a deal maker or breaker in regards to …

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On Rainbows and Destruction: The Three Weeks


I was driving home after writing the post on Leiby Kletzky and my mind was still reeling from the tragic loss and brutality of his murder. My thoughts strayed to all the horrors that innocent children have experienced this year. The weather fit my mood as I tried to focus on the road between heavy downpour and mist from surrounding car …

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Lemonade Stands: Israeli Style


This summer, the older Lev LaLev girls are taking classes entitled “Building for Tomorrow” – which will teach them the skills they need to maneuver their lives into the future. You can also teach your kids a bit about the world of buying, selling, customer relations and event coordinating, while simultaneously doing a good deed …

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What’s Stopping YOU From Diving In?

Lev LaLev visit to a nearby pool

I finally did it. After an entire week of everyone else in my family enjoying our newly opened pool, I finally splashed into it. Somehow this goal of mine had remained elusive for two reasons: time and more time. Generally, this decision is not made lightly. You need time to collect all your gear, including …

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Raising Awareness: Knowledge as Children’s Self-Defense


When I first heard that a young boy, Leiby Kletzky, was missing in Brooklyn, I immediately took advantage of the small online world and spread the word of the search to my personal social networks as well as to Lev LaLev’s Facebook and Twitter followers. As the hours went by, more and more posts were made, more and …

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Seasons of Life

Koheles (Ecclesiastes) 3.1-8

The Lev LaLev family has experienced a loss. Our heartfelt condolences go out to our ‘Inside Our Home’ News ‘Monthly Spotlight’ Editor, Chava, on the loss of her husband Roni; may his soul have a swift aliya and may the Omnipresent comfort the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. At the same time, there is much joy …

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Kid Friendly Kabobs


We found these festive 4th of July skewers on, and thought they were the perfect easy to make treat for the upcoming holiday weekend, or for those outside America, any summer fun treat! So while everyone else is barbecuing kabobs, let the kids in on the action too…and we all know sticks are a favorite “toy” right? Supplies …

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