Tzipporah Prottas

03/17/2019

Purim Anime Art by Neshama Sari

BS”D A poignant scene from the Megillah, depicted in stunning anime by Neshama Sari of Oregon. The arrogant, anti-Semitic prime minister Haman is forced to escort Mordechai, sage and leader of the Jews, through a […]
03/14/2019

Model of Majesty: Women Getting It Done

BS”D Based on a Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, provided by the JEM (Jewish Educational Media) initiative, Foundations in Focus. ******** How can one become a Queen Esther today?  Don’t sit passively and rely on […]
03/13/2019

“The Day of My Bat Mitzvah is a Day to Remember” – Poem by Malkie Peiser

BS”D The day of my Bat Mitzvah is a day to remember This day is something indeed to treasure The fear, the nervousness, the anxiousness and pressure Fear leads to anger as anger leads to […]
03/13/2019

Halacha Infographics: “Thinking Outside of the (Bread)Box?”

BS”D Hi, everyone!  I hope you enjoy these designs I recently created on the marvelous Canva.com, to summarize and illustrate a few selected laws on blessings over baked goods, as well as debunk a few […]
03/12/2019

“Venahafoch Hu” Virtual Farbrengen & Creative Writing Challenge

BS”D Enjoy the virtual Farbrengen in installments on YouTube (below)!  For maximum Farbrengen feel (as much as one can get virtually at least, though doesn’t compare to the in-person experience!), take a breather after each […]
03/11/2019

Queen Esther’s (Un)Official All-Natural Beauty Treatment

BS”D Ancient Persian secret, eh? Not exactly… The Megillah and its commentaries speak of how, during Achaveirosh’s beauty pageant to find a new queen (after his first went “caput!” for disobedience), the masses of young […]
03/11/2019

Interview with Woman of Valor #11: Mrs. Carol LeWitt

BS”D Mrs. Carol LeWitt is a dynamic Jewish woman and mother, currently residing in Connecticut state, who is dedicated to her heritage and a paradigm of generosity, as a noted benefactor of various Jewish establishments.  […]
03/11/2019

Poem: “Finding Hidden Light” by Temima Rocklin

BS”D While attending a JGU Creative Online Writing Club (Adar I 19/February 24) led by a pair of our own students, Temima Rocklin from Toronto, Canada, wrote this beautiful poem to apply the theme of […]
03/11/2019

“Which Purim Hero are You?” –By Chaya Gurevitz

The new girl in class is being bullied.  Do you: Stand up to the bully and make her stop Go tell the teacher Take your cue from the other girls    Which job would you […]
03/06/2019

Complete Suggested Menu for a Persian-Themed Purim Feast

PBS”D The primary observance of the seriously joyful and noisy holiday of Purim is constituted of four Mitzvot: Reading the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, recounting the story of Purim; Giving to those in need, […]
03/05/2019

Out of My Mind: Truth or Dare Game with a Purim Twist

BS”D Purim:  It’s all about transcendence of the “self.”  When you venture into the unknown, beyond the position of immediate familiarity, breaking free from your personal bubble, ingrained characteristics and self-imposed limitations, you discover the […]
03/04/2019

“By the Order of Whom?” – The Eternal Inner Compass of the Jewess

BS”D Based on a Sicha (Talk) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory. ***** A note from the author:  Today, on the 27th of Adar I, 5752 (Monday, March 2, 1992), […]
03/03/2019

Vayakhel Sicha Summary: How to “Bring Heaven Down to Earth” in Five Minutes

BS”D Based on a Sicha (talk) given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Parshat Vayakhel ********** Preliminary note: This overview on Vayakhel through the lens of Chassidus is preceded by that on Terumah and followed by the one […]
03/02/2019

Halachah Infographic (and Bonus Recipe): “Respect the Pouch!”

BS”D Hi, everyone!  I am proud to present the following Halacha infographic I designed, based on the Alter Rebbe’s Seder Birchos Hanehnin (Order of the Blessings on Benefit)…and just in time for Purim!  On this holiday, […]
02/16/2019

A Bissel ‘o’ Sicha on the “12 Passages”: #1 – Torah, MY Treasure!

BS”D The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory, fervently encouraged all Jewish children to study and commit to memory twelve verses culled from every area of Torah wisdom and literature.  Each passage […]
01/10/2019

A Torah View on “Self-Sacrifice” Today: What is Your Lamb?

BS”D Based on a Sicha (Talk) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe ******************* Parshas Bo conveys the Mitzvah of the Korban Pesach (Paschal offering), a lamb to be taken on Nissan 10, guarded for four days in […]
01/07/2019

Woman of Valor #5: Mrs. Joanne Caras

BS”D Mrs. Joanne, Caras, esteemed authoress of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook and its sequel Miracles and Meals sharing survivors’ stirring stories paired with a cherished family recipe, and raising incredible funds for the Holy Land’s hungry and […]
12/25/2018

Poetry by Samantha Silk, in Loving Memory of Tree of Life’s Slain

BS”D I am a 15-year-old girl who lives in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh near the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. These are some poems that I wrote on the day of the attack. ******************************** “Oh, My […]
12/11/2018

A New Vibe: My Personal Chanukas Habayis Transformation

BS”D Schvitzing, I collapsed with a weary groan onto my bed, but managed a smile of satisfaction and thanked G-d it was all done: my longtime goal of tidying, organizing and rearranging my room was […]
11/28/2018

Chanukah Artwork by Yaffah Ferber

BS”D A detailed and intimate sketch of Menorah lighting by Yaffah Ferber, age 14, of Norwich, CT!