Five Ways to Stay Warm and Stylish While Outside For The Holidays

Every Autumn, we anticipate cozy nights in our temporary homes as the weather starts to grow colder. But due to Covid this year, our need for wearable warmth comes earlier than Sukkos, as many people are doing all their Yomim Noraim davening (and often their only socializing) outside as well. While stiffly structured coats might […]

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Haven’t We Been Afflicted Enough This Year?

This year, I’ve noticed a trend on social media: people mentioning that we shouldn’t have to afflict ourselves this year on Yom Kippur because we’ve been afflicted so much by recent events. According to this thinking, if the point of fasting and abstaining from a variety of physical comforts is to purge our sins, maybe […]

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How to Make a Radical Break with the Last Year this Rosh Hashanah

A number of friends have mentioned that they are dreading Rosh Hashanah. Their general sense of overwhelm has made preparing for the holiday—spiritually or physically—exhausting. Looking back at this past year depresses them. Cynicism leads them to expect 5781 will be worse than 5780. It doesn’t help that due to the novel coronavirus, a lot […]

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AJ Edelman, the first and only Orthodox Jewish man to compete in the Olympics

How Leading Yom Kippur Prayers Helped Me Get to the Olympics

As Israel’s Olympic skeleton athlete and current head of development for the Israeli bobsled and skeleton team, I often explain that Skeleton is perhaps the most dangerous of Olympic sports. If you have lived a life without any fear and want to go experience a taste, you need only go from the top of a […]

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