Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Growth Discomfort

“So I was on a roll—I was an executive with a nice salary, annual bonuses and stock options, all the perks. Everything was on track…

“And on Monday, January 7, 2008, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, in a small conference room on the top floor of our building, the president of the company

A Stubborn Virtue

Yes, it seemed somewhat strange! We all laughed, but it was a little awkward. It was at our wedding. As I was about to put the ring on my wife’s finger, a rabbi standing under the chupah said to me loud enough that other people could hear, “Remember, there is no way out!” Those words echoed in my ears for quite some time and

Parshat Parah: Mussar From the Plumber

The Jewish year comes to a close with Adar (using the prescribed method for counting months, which starts with Nisan). With the close of this cycle, we read Parshat Parah. Then, around the corner we read Parshat Hachodesh in Nisan to herald in the new year.

What’s the significance of these

The Future of Education Is Our Mesorah

The secret solutions to our generation’s most vexing educational and chinuch challenges grow from the roots of our mesorah.

For the first time in history, children know more about navigating the world in which they live than their teachers. Students instantly fact-check classroom

South Jersey’s Only Yeshiva High School Raises $500K in 24-Hour Campaign

Foxman Torah Institute, a Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva High School located in Cherry Hill, NJ, would like to publicly announce its amazing gratitude to Hashem and over 1,000 donors for the success of its Charidy campaign. The all-or-nothing campaign lasted just 24 hours, from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and

Pulpit Fiction

Being a pulpit rabbi is no easy task. Doctors are either on-call or not. Police officers are either on-duty or not. Taxi drivers are on the meter or not. Pulpit rabbis, however, do not have the luxury of being off-duty. At least in theory and often in practice, pulpit rabbis remain at the beckon call of their

Scraping By

As a writer, I tend to spend a lot of time cleaning, mostly to push off writing articles. Except before Pesach, when I write articles to push off cleaning. So today, the plan is to write an article about cleaning. I think the universe is going to explode. But at least if it does, I can use that as an

Chesed in Disguise

We have always taken pride in how much goodness manifests itself from our community. Some acts of kindness are publicly known and many others are done in total obscurity. Outside of the Jewish world many have a difficult time understanding why we would become involved in causes that we hardly know about or people who are

FDR and the Jewish Refugee Crisis

Part III of III

In the first two installments we covered the attempts made by the US Government to increase the Jewish immigration without much success; conferences in Evian and Bermuda, which resulted in no improvements; and the effect of Roosevelt’s

Enjoy “Redemption, Then and Now” at Your Seder

Review of Redemption, Then and Now: Pesah Haggada With Essays and Commentary. By Rabbi Benjamin Blech. Hardcover. 318 pages. $24.95. ISBN: 978 1-940516-738

For Passover 2017, the best-selling author of several books on Judaism now shares his insights into Seder night with the

Life on Pause

On Purim morning, after Megilla reading, I needed to purchase a few last-minute items needed for the annual “open house” that we host in our home each Purim afternoon. I noted that there were very few customers in the local kosher store I went to; this was not surprising for Purim morning. Upon entering the store,

The Risk of Traveling With an Undocumented Nanny on Pesach

With Passover on the horizon, many Jewish families elect to spend their time away from home. These “Pesach vacations” add travel to a holiday already filled with numerous chores—getting to be machmir can often require hours of labor. With the added cleaning, travel, food preparation and family commitments, some will rely even