An Open Letter to my CTeen Best Friends

2 months ago hkaplun 0
Dear CTeen friends,  Wow. Somehow I blinked, and my five years of CTeen have flown by. As graduation rapidly approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the factors that have brought me to this point in my life. A big part of my identity is CTeen and you, fellow CTeeners, have influenced my life a great deal. Read More

Lashon Hara

2 months ago hkaplun 0
We’ve all heard the phrase “easier said than done.” Ya, know “I’m going to start waking up earlier” “I’m going to exercise more” “I’m only going to watch one more episode of this show.” There are mitzvahs that are easier said than done too, one being not speaking, or hearing, Lashon Hara. Lashon hara is Read More

Know an Aleph, Teach an Aleph

3 months ago hkaplun 0
As a CTeener, I’m sure that you’ve heard countless of stories about the Rebbe and his teachings; a Shabbat D’var Torah is barely complete without mentioning the Rebbe. Personally, I love hearing stories about people going to the Rebbe for guidance or a blessing; his answers, and his ability to know exactly what to say, Read More

A Shabbaton Like No Other

5 months ago hkaplun 0
Is it just me, or did the shabbaton fly by? All of a sudden, I’m back in school, and back to everyday life. Well, not exactly; since this was my last International Shabbaton, I decided to make the most of it. I sang louder, danced harder, and talked to more people than I did in Read More

A Jewish Approach on “Me Too”

9 months 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

10 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

11 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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
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