Friday, August 18, 2017


A Special Daf Hashovua Siyum on Beitzah

Editor’s Note: The following is the text of a speech given at the Beth Aaron siyum for the completion of Masechet Beitza as part of Daf Hashovua on July 15.

Sometimes, learning Gemara can seem quite esoteric. To give some examples from Beitza, I don’t own doves, don’t have to

Parshas Ekev: Listening for the Footsteps of Moshiach

Did you ever find yourself sitting in the kitchen, hearing someone’s footsteps coming down the stairs and saying, “Oh, I hear my wife (or son) coming down the stairs. I can tell by the footsteps”?

This week’s parsha—and this dvar Torah—are all about footsteps we need to be able to

When Did ‘Mizmor Shir Chanukat HaBayit’ Enter Daily Shacharit?

We are all used to reciting this prayer (Psalm 30) around the time of Baruch She’amar. The recital of Baruch She’amar in daily Shacharit is a long-established practice. But when did Psalm 30 enter the daily Shacharit?

If one looks at the classic Geonic sources: Siddur of R. Saadia Gaon and

Chidon Prep With Ruby Stepansky Is Now Open

It is again time to begin the learning and review of the U.S. Chidon Tanach/Bible Contest material. The first session will be on September 10, 2017, and will continue up to the U.S. Nationals on April 29, 2018.

Young women are invited from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and young men from 12:45 to

A Look Back at My Time as a Jewish Link Intern

As a pre-law student, my ideal goal for summer plans was to work in some sort of law firm or an organization that deals with family law. However, no matter how many positions I applied for, as an undergrad whose only work experience was in camp and my shul’s groups, I did not have much success in finding such a job. I started

‘I Am a Reporter!’: An Invaluable Intern Experience

It was a typical day at the Shulman residence, with the phone ringing off the hook with calls from car sellers, reminders from the dentist of an upcoming appointment, and someone insisting that whoever had answered the phone won the lottery. As the phone rang once again, Chani Shulman waited a brief minute for someone else to

Understanding the Commonalities of the Legal and Rabbinic Professions

Jewish lawyers are a stereotype who have been the punchline of jokes for years. It is true that many Jews choose to go into law, but it is also common that some Orthodox Jewish men who choose law school also choose to pursue semicha. According to Rabbi Menachem Penner, Max and Marion Grill Dean of Rabbi Isaac

‘Summertime, and the Livin’ Is’ … Meaningful

For most college students, summertime is for relaxation, travel, freedom from school and schedules and for having fun. Many take summer jobs. For decades, the Catskills and Poconos have provided summer employment at hotels and summer camps. In our upwardly mobile Jewish community, summer camp is almost an adjunct

Educating Our Children Is a Team Sport

“On a team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”—Bill Belichick

We stress to our children the importance of teamwork. We teach them the value of collaborating with others and that when they put their

Help Send a JYEP Family’s Daughter to Seminary

The post high school gap year in Israel is known to be a transformative experience of spiritual development and growth. “I believe spending the gap year in Israel is an invaluable experience for both young men and women. It is a time of personal growth and self-actualization,” said Debby Rapps, director of the Jewish

A View From a New Member of the ‘Renewal’ Family

Renewal had always been a blip on my radar. The ads publicizing the need for a kidney would tug at my heart—I knew that each represented someone in dire need—but I never took action.

Five years ago, my opportunity presented itself: a Renewal awareness event in my community.

‘They’re All Over’

Much has been said about the eruv controversy. We watched in horror as the Upper Saddle River city council conducted their community “open house.” It was painful to even conceive of the fact that the thoughts expressed by so many of the participants were openly anti-Semitic. We are talking about people who live a mere 15 miles