Diving Deeper into the Holiday of Pesach

2 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
Chametz; ‘passing over’; the Seder.  There are so many different aspects of Pesach. I have always known some things about Pesach, but it took learning the deeper meanings behind the Seder and all of the customs that helped me appreciate the holiday even more. Each aspect has its own profound, practical lesson. My favorite lesson Read More

To Be A Jew

3 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
Written by: Rose Chaya Cohen, CTeen Harrisburg, PA Yes I’m a Jew Stop acting like it’s something new I’m proud I’ll say it out loud We cried  We sighed We love We have a day out of the year to be as pure as a white dove  I may live in your country However we Read More

What Makes a Jew a Jew

3 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
I want to begin this post with a story that a good friend of mine shared with me:  One day a guy wanted to convert from Judaism to Christianity. He went to the Priest who said ‘okay, on the following conditions:  ‘You’re not allowed to keep Shabbat anymore.’ The guy was like, ‘Shabbos I don’t Read More

I Tried It- Cholov Yisroel

3 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
So, Kosher. We know about keeping meat and milk separate, about Kosher symbols, Kosher wine. But, did you know that there are different ways of keeping Kosher? Wild, right! When it comes to dairy food, there are two types of Kosher: OU-D, and Cholov Yisroel. Let’s make one thing very clear, OU-D is kosher, Cheez-Its- Read More

Kickoff Events Kickoff Around the World

3 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
The CTeen year has officially begun! With kickoff events happening from Israel to Knoxville, TN,  and even a regional shabbaton already, this is a promising start for the rest of the year. With many more events in the planning process, the kickoff season is just kicking off. Getting to know you games, and various activities like Read More

Connections Are Essential in Life

3 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
This ‘Ted Talk’ was delivered at my Chabad house for Shavout all night learning, enjoy 🙂 Hey everyone! If you don’t already know me, my name is Shayna, and I’m finishing up my sophomore year in high school. What I’m going to be talking about encompasses a lot of different aspects, and here at Valley Read More

My First (Chassidic) Wedding

4 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
It’s crazy to think that I haven’t even know Chaya for a full six months. It’s even crazier to think that I only met her once in person before attending her wedding. On Sunday night, I attended my first wedding of my CTeen Torah Buddy, Chaya. Tuesdays are my favorite days because we learn together. Read More

The Shocking Lessons I Learned at the CTeen International Shabbaton

4 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
I was asked to write about one aspect of the International Shabbaton that affected me the most. The only problem was, how could I choose just one?! I don’t think I’m like most teens. One of the main reasons I love the Shabbaton is the workshops. Obviously my #1 reason for attending is seeing my Read More

Is There Balance Between Judaism and Being an Average Teen?

4 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
Do you ever feel like you’re living a double life? I do, sometimes. How do you find the balance being a regular teenager and maintaining  a Jewish lifestyle with Jewish traditions? The truth is, I personally do think I’m living a double life…I also don’t think it’s possible to live an equally balanced life. At Read More

Understanding the Touchy Topic of Shomer Negiah

4 years ago Shayna Solkowitz 0
“I’m sorry but I can’t shake your hand for religious reasons.” This is what a lot of people who are Shomer Negiah say. Shomer Negiah translates to ‘Observant of touch.’ My best friend is intrigued by this concept and wanted to learn more, so I told her I’d study up on it and get back Read More
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