A Jewish Approach on “Me Too”

1 month ago hkaplun 0
As a seventeen-year-old girl preparing to head to college, there is a lot on my mind: Will my roommate be super messy? Will I choose the right major? Is Freshman 15 a real thing? Unfortunately, another thought runs around my head–sexual assault. This is a very real concern. In fact, my mom suggested that I Read More

Tips for an Easy Fast

3 months ago hkaplun 0
Sydney Winawer and Hannah Kaplun Yom Kippur is coming up really soon, so we’ve come up with some helpful tips to help you have an easy fast!   Prior to the fast: Drink coconut water! Coconut water will help when it comes to fasting because it’s full of carbohydrates that will help keep the hunger Read More

Turning Darkness Into a Mitzvah: CTeen Connection’s Mitzvah Challenge

4 months ago hkaplun 0
On Monday, August 14th, the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston was vandalized by a seventeen year old boy. He “hurled” rocks through a glass panel inscribed with numbers representing those tattooed on the arms of the Jews in concentration camps. This came just days after the two day White Nationalist and Neo-Nazi protest Read More

Countdown to Retreat: Delegation

6 months ago hkaplun 0
I am the stereotypical type – a personality type. For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, basically, I’m a control freak. I like things done a certain way. This pretty much means I end up doing things myself so I can make sure it will be done exactly as I envisioned it. I’ve been Read More

Top Ten Jewish A Cappella Songs

7 months ago hkaplun 0
Sydney Winawer, West Suffolk, NY and Hannah Kaplun, Woodcliff Lake, NJ   In remembrance of the tragic death of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students who died in a plague in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, we don’t listen to music during that time, a period known as the Omer, as a form of morning. Having Read More

Hallel–Thank You Hashem

9 months ago hkaplun 0
Hallel, one of the last steps of the Passover seder, is quite literally “psalms of praise.” It is psalm 113-118, and we say it as part of the seder. The Hallel mentions five topics of redemption: the exodus from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Torah, the resurrection of the Read More

Esther: The Ultimate Heroine

9 months ago hkaplun 0
If you ask almost any little girl what what they are dressing up as for Purim, the answer will more than likely be Queen Esther. To kids, this is an excuse to dress up as a princess. However, Esther should be celebrated for more than just her beauty and status. The story of Purim is Read More

Countdown to the Shabbaton Day 1: New Friends!

10 months ago hkaplun 0
If there was ever a place to make 2,000 new friends, it’s the CTeen International Shabbaton. You meet so many people from all over the world. You come as strangers; you leave as family. Just walking down the streets of Crown Heights is a social event. You bump into so many chapters, and just asking Read More

The Many Languages of CTeen

1 year ago hkaplun 0
Hello, Privet, Shalom, Nǐ hǎo, Hola, Bonjour, Olá, Buna, Yeoboseyo So many languages, one tiny world. For the first five years of my life, I spoke only Russian. Growing up as a first generation American, it is never out of the ordinary for me to flip flop between English, Russian, and Ranglish (a mix of Read More
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