Tuesday, March 28, 2017


This Video Should Go Viral

This entire article is intended to get you to click on a link and watch a two-and-a-half minute video.

Here’s the link: https://glic.wistia.com/medias/11ttd684is

If you’ve clicked and viewed, you

Seeing the Meaning in Our Work

Part II

In our last article we presented a number of strategies to help us feel more fulfilled at work. Below are some additional techniques that can deepen our sense of satisfaction from the work that we do each day.

  1. Engage in job crafting.

A Crossing Guard: An Acknowledgment

I remember noticing that the regular crossing guard at one of our intersections was not there anymore; he had been replaced by a younger man. I just couldn’t stop thinking about him, so after a few days had gone by and traffic was a bit slower in the afternoon, I pulled over to the side of the road and lowered my right-side

Engagement of Eli Greenberg and Sarah Isaacs

Sarah Isaacs of Chicago, Illinois, and Eli Greenberg of Englewood are engaged and planning a June 2017 wedding.

The future kallah is the daughter of Roz and Dean Isaacs of Chicago, Illinois. Sarah graduated from the Ida Crown Academy and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in

Engagement of Shaina Stiefel and Alter Gross

Shaina Stiefel of Englewood, New Jersey and Alter Gross, of Teaneck, New Jersey are engaged and planning a July 2017 wedding.

The future kallah is the daughter of Miriam and Marvin Stiefel of Englewood. Shaina is a graduate of The Moriah School, The Frisch School and Rutgers University.

Engagement of Ariella Applebaum and Eli Gartenberg

Ariella Applebaum and Eli Gartenberg, both of Teaneck, NJ, are engaged and planning an August wedding.

The future kallah is the daughter of Eric Applebaum, of Teaneck, NJ and West Orange, NJ, and Sandra Applebaum of Teaneck. Ariella is a graduate of the Moriah School, Ma’ayanot

A Tribute to Arthur Hyman, z”l: Scholar, Teacher and Exemplary Human Being

Editors’ note: this eulogy was originally delivered at Dr. Arthur Hyman’s funeral on Friday, February 10, at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in Manhattan.

As the great, European-born rabbis of the mid-to-late twentieth century passed away and were eulogized, one heard assessments

Shloshim for Rabbi Yosef Strassfeld, z”l, Marked With Scholarship Announcement

One by one, the rabbanim of Englewood ascended the podium at Congregation Shomrei Emunah on February 7 to talk about what Rabbi Yosef Strassfeld, zt”l, former rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Simcha, meant to his students and the broader Englewood Jewish community. The program marked Rabbi

Bava Batra 21

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 Bava Batra 21. These are some highlights.

Bava Batra 21: In a small community,

Yitro: The Sweet Visit


The in-laws came to visit five times a year. There was the somewhat somber Rosh Hashana visit, which was spent mostly davening, listening to shofar blowing in shul and feasting at the dining room table. The Purim visit was a bit more festive, with the costume-laden, Haman-booing

Hesder Yeshiva Students—a Pillar of Our People

Last week at Torah Academy of Bergen County one of our alumni, Benjy Lankin, class of 2014, visited his alma mater. Benjy was in the United States visiting his parents who live in Highland Park, on vacation from Tzahal (the Israel Defense Forces) where he is participating in the Hesder framework, where he combines Torah study and

Akkadian Words in the Tanach

Although we are used to thinking of the Tanach as entirely Hebrew, sometimes words from other languages creep in. One of the languages that sometimes creeps in is Akkadian. Akkadian was the language of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians.

A few years ago, the scholar Hayim Tawil published a