A Spring of Strength

Ayin Tove A Spring of Strength June 9, 2010 We began our Talmud study with the idea that a person who studies torah for its own sake is like a spring that increases in strength. Avot 6:1. The strength of the spring increases from its own force (The Hebrew verb plays on this reflexive concept). […]

Jewish Guy - Moshe

Jewish Guy – Moshe

If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick? (Would it maybe have your clone Freddie Prinze, Jr. in it?) This is a tough question, but I would probably have to go with a childhood favorite. I would be Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s II. You […]

Roasted Curry Chicken

Jill Aronovitz Roasted Curry Chicken June 8, 2010 By mid-week I usually start thinking of what food I’ll make for Shabbat. On a normal week, I’ll plan an entire menu with at least three side dishes. This Shabbos was different. I didn’t expect any guests; I was just cooking for family, so I didn’t fuss […]

The Company It Keeps, Part II

Ayin Tove The Company It Keeps, Part II June 3, 2010 The sixth mishnah in Avot (Make yourself a rabbi (“rav”), create/acquire for yourself friends, and give each person the benefit of the doubt when you judge (lit. let your judgment of each man be for the side of merit)) can be read so that […]

Behaalotecha — Challenging Authority

Stephen Richer Challenging Authority Behaalotecha Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 June 1, 2010 In the book Start-Up Nation, Dan Senor and Saul Singer try to explain how Israel, “a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources—produces more start-up companies […]

Jewish Guy - Eric

Jewish Guy – Eric

What brought you to DC? I came to DC to attend undergrad at GWU. Following graduation, I decided to stay here because DC is such a great place to live. There are so many unique areas of the town, each with their own character and charm. Which Biblical character would you want to have dinner […]

Hungry for Challah?

During the fall semester of my junior year at GW, I studied abroad in London. I tried to immerse myself in the Jewish community, and by doing so, I met many wonderful people with whom I still keep in touch–including an amazing cook. She prepared the most delicious meals and made it all look so […]

The Company It Keeps

Ayin Tove The Company It Keeps 5/27/2010 The second mishnah in Avot states “on three things the world stands: on torah, on service, and on acts of lovingkindness. We can use one of the classic rabbinic methods of analysis (a “gezarah shava”) to say that “torah,” “service,” and “lovingkindness” are defined for us by the […]

All Israel Has a Share

Will Gotkin All Israel Has a Share May 25, 2010 Since Gaonic times, Jews have had the custom of studying the Mishna of Pirkei Avos, also known as Ethics of the Fathers, during the long Shabbos afternoons between Pesach and Shavuos. Many others continue to study it throughout the summer months until Rosh Hashanah. It is […]

Naso — You Must Be Ready And Set Before You Go

Stephen Richer You Must Be Ready And Set Before You Go Naso Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 5/21/2010 Arthur Brooks, the president of The American Enterprise Institute, once told me that for gifted students, the real challenge lies not in accomplishing objectives, but in defining these objectives with confidence—once their minds are set, gifted students can […]