Where Does the Custom of Hiding the Afikomen Come From?

Dear JITC- Where does the custom of hiding the afikomen (and ransoming it, children from parents or vice versa) come from? Thanks, Lisa Dear Lisa- As you note in your question, there are different customs regarding how to play the afikomen game. In some families, the parents hide it and the children win a prize […]

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People Magazine’s Parent Profiles & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Lakewood Hires Its First-Ever Orthodox Jewish Police Cadet With an Orthodox Jewish community making up most of Lakewood’s rapidly growing population, the township has hired its first-ever Orthodox police cadet, officials said. “I’m excited about it,” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said Thursday. “I think it’s significant for any community to see one of your own […]

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How Do We Name Our Baby Without Family Interference?

Dear Rebbetzin Chaya- My husband and I really want a certain name for our baby, but the grandmas-to-be have each been pressuring us to use a name that’s special to them (especially that of my mother-in-law’s father, who unfortunately died last year). How do we handle this? Sincerely, Rikki Dear Rikki- B’Sha’a Tova!! What an […]

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How Orthodox Jewish Fathers Can Talk To Their Sons About Puberty

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article handles mature topics and is the first of a two part series. This installment broaches the topic from a philosophical standpoint, the second part will discuss the practical how-to’s of speaking to your son. Sitting down with your son to discuss how to interact with the opposite sex as he reaches […]

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