Friday, August 18, 2017


First Date Locations Matter: Tips for an Exciting First Date Locale

Finding the proper place for a date can be a daunting challenge. How much of an activity should a first date be? Where can you go where you will not see your entire extended friend group? How much money do you want to spend? These are all questions that plague any man or woman planning a date.

Is It Time to Abolish Visiting Day?

It seems as though wherever we went in the community on Monday, we heard variations of a similar conversation. Throughout the halls of offices and restaurants, the discussion revolved around people’s visits the previous day to their precious big and little ones who are attending sleepaway camp. The conversations began with a

Transitioning to a Leadership Role

Reviewing: “Becoming the New Boss: The New Leader’s Guide to Sustained Success,” by Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, PsyD. Indie Books International. Paperback, 234 pages. 2017. ISBN-10: 1941870945.

Consider the following common scenario. After years of hard work and honing

Bear With Me

A lot of us don’t spend enough time thinking about bear safety, because we have jobs. We take steps to protect ourselves from insects, but what about bears? They’re bigger.

Most of us get our bear safety advice from stories, such as the famous tale of Zahava “Goldie” Locks, who

Quality Counselors

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, a critical component for success is having a good staff. It started with Moses who, when confronting Pharaoh, relied on his staff in two respects. He relied on his long wooden staff, especially when performing his snake trick, and he relied on his other staff, albeit a staff of one,

Teaneck’s Silver Family Runs in Jerusalem to Support Magen David Adom

On Monday night, July 10, Teaneck’s Silver family ran in the annual Maccabiah Jerusalem Night Race to raise money for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national Red Cross organization. Participants in the run and fundraiser included Tzvi Silver; his parents, Itzy and Leah; his siblings, Avital, Margalit, Liat and Pinny;

Kollel Chatzos Arranges Ketores Segulah on Arizal’s Yahrzeit at the Kever

Tzfas, Eretz Yisrael—Kollel Chatzos is preparing for the auspicious day of the Arizal’s yahrzeit by organizing a minyan to recite the Arizal’s Ketores Segulah at his kever on that midnight. The names of all sponsors and their entire families will be mentioned by the kollel members who will participate in

Dirshu Holds Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum in Antwerp

Last week, tens of thousands of Jews the world over embarked on a journey that is destined to enrich and transform their observance of Shabbos. They embarked on the Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning of the laws of Shabbos, the third volume of the Mishnah Berurah. Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is Dirshu’s halacha learning

Leading Rabbinical Body Urges the Study of the Laws of Shabbos

Nesius of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha calls on Jews to learn daily daf of Hilchos Shabbos.

Last week in Eretz Yisrael, two rare meetings took place where senior gedolei Yisrael issued a unified call to all Jews to undertake the study of the laws of Shabbos. The first meeting

Bava Batra 165 and 167

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 165 and 167. These are some highlights.

Bava Batra 165: He wrote a number on the check but a

The Darkness of Tragedy, The Light of Hope

With this week’s haftarah, we introduce a new function for the weekly prophetic selection. Until this point, the purpose of the haftarah was to strike a theme similar to one found in the parsha. From this week until we begin Sefer Bereishit, the haftarah (with the exception of V’zot Habracha and, on some years, Ha’azinu) has

Secret Role Model

This week, the Staum family made its annual pilgrimage to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to our summer home at Camp Dora Golding.

When making the announcements after davening last Shabbos, our shul president, R’ Yossi Goldman, quipped: “Some people send their children off to camp; we send