Judaism 101

Connections Are Essential in Life

3 months 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

6 months 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

All About Tzniut

6 months ago Sarah Hinkediker 0
Tzniut, or modesty is one of the principles of judaism and it applies to both men and women. It is very easy to think that the main way that one can be modest is through the way we dress , but Tzniut is much more than that. It also includes the way we act, from Read More

Parsha Bereshit In Honor of Eliyahu Moscowitz HYD

12 months ago Andrew Stein 0
בראשית ברא אל״הים… In the beginning, Hashem created the world. How long did it take to create the world and what happened on each day of creation you might ask? These are easy questions to answer, let’s go through the events that occurred on each day of creation. Day one, Hashem separates darkness and light. Read More

Understanding the Touchy Topic of Shomer Negiah

1 year 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

Growing Jewish

1 year ago Emilio Chayo 0
Being Jewish is no easy task. Whether we are in Tel Aviv, Brooklyn, or Cancun—every single one of us faces daily struggles. In my opinion, though, we—teenagers—are the ones who have the hardest task. As teens, we find ourselves involved in a fight mightier than any in history but a battle that happens so frequently Read More

Ekev, a Dvar Torah

1 year ago Quincy Barret 0
Hi! My name is Quincy, I live in Manchester and this year, I am venturing into the world of CTeen Connection. My articles will mainly be short divrai torah (often with a question and answer format), attempting to reveal some of the hidden lessons from the weekly parashah (Torah portion). In this week’s parashah Ekev, Read More

Are Tattoos Taboo? (The Torah’s Take)

1 year ago Hannah Butcher 0
In December, after I turned 18, the first thing my friends asked me was if I was going to get a tattoo. Something inside me held me back from jumping head-first into a tattoo parlor, however.  At the International Shabbaton I realized why, exactly, I hesitated to get inked. Like me, many Jewish teens stand Read More

Lashon Hara

1 year 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

1 year 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
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