Friday, August 18, 2017


Mahwah’s Message to Monsey

There’s not a single major Jewish publication in the tri-state area (I believe I’ve scanned them all) that has escaped the reverberation of the echo chamber.

In case your Shabbos table is one of the few where the topic of the “Mahwah Eruv” has not been rehashed, then let me rehash it for you

Daf Yomi Highlights

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

 This week we learned Sanhedrin 27 and 28. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 27: Can you break a shidduch if you find flaws in

Rav Shlomo Amar: Sephardic Couples Should Use a Sephardic Ketuba

During the glorious Shabbat Nachamu 5777, when Rav Shlomo Amar joined us at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, I had the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of halachic issues with him. Among the issues we discussed was the necessity of a Sephardic couple using the Sephardic text for their

Apart but Not Alone, Part II: We Danced in Tykocin

Last month, I shared a life-changing experience: our trip to Poland. We walked in the footsteps of our parents, relatives and others who survived or perished in the Holocaust. We learned that while we are “apart” as a nation, we are never “alone”; with God and our people at our side, and our current

Yesterday’s Prophecies, Today’s Headlines

Parshat Re’eh

Throughout the seven haftarot of consolation that follow Tish’a B’Av, the navi Yeshayahu presents us with descriptions of the final redemption and return to our land. It is difficult for us who live through today’s events to ignore the powerful parallels between the

Parshas Re’eh: How We Can Cleave to Hashem

This past week, I drove my car to the mechanic and a friend followed me so he could drive me back home. On my way, I noticed a small side street that looked like a shortcut, so I took it. Driving down the small block, something didn’t feel quite right. Suddenly, a car pulled up alongside me and the driver rolled down his window

Investing in Our Relationships

Parshat Re’eh centers on the connection between relationship and command. Bnei Yisrael are instructed in many of the practical mitzvot that they will be expected to keep upon entering Eretz Yisrael, but at each point in the parsha they are reminded that their observance of these mitzvot is linked to their historical and personal

High School Students Can Get a Jump-Start  on College With YU’s CollegeNow Program

Don’t want to take a math or science AP class? Want a high-level stimulating course that gives you college credits? The answer to this dilemma began last year in the CollegeNow program offered by Yeshiva University. Officially for high school juniors and seniors, these online college-level courses are

An Eastward Flight From Poland in 1941

Part 9 (continued from last week)

One day, Father returned home from work very tired but you could sense from the spark in his eyes that he had something new and exciting to tell us. “There is a town called Chilik, 20 miles from here,” he

German Woman Returns to Her Roots, Converts to Judaism at 81

At the age of 81, Mazal (Monica) Herzfeld converted to Judaism.

The little girl from Düsseldorf, Germany, who spent her childhood in the dark days of Nazi Germany, came full circle in Gush Etzion in Israel, where she completed the conversion process via seminars by AMI, an organization that

All in the Family

On Monday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari and consolidated the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals cases that prohibited the enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban. In doing so, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions issued by the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals and

Air Out the Car

The following is a list of thoughts that went through my head on the way to and from my brother’s wedding. He had the chutzpah to get married in Toronto, just because, “That’s where my kallah lives.” Ugh. Other people’s shalom bayis compromises are so inconvenient. I guess it’s our fault, really. Every speaker at the