Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Hedy Is Bringing Her Famous Hats to Teaneck

Teaneck—It’s that time of year again. The snow will be gone (really), and Pesach is around the corner. The Spring hats for 2015 are fabulous. Coming to Teaneck for her semi-annual hat show, is Hedy Needle. Her trunk show will take place at 600 Maitland Avenue, Tuesday, March 10, from 7-10 p.m.

The Food: Getting Down to Basics

Food decisions are some of the toughest decisions you will need to make. Based on time of year and day, your budget, the number of guests, the party theme, the style of event…everything plays into your menu choices. Will you do sit-down dinners or buffets? French service or family style? Each has its advantages.

Hotel Ganchrow

Sometimes I think I run a hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I live in a hotel, I just think that I am the manager, clerk, cook, baker, handyman and housekeeper for a hotel. Unfortunately for the guests, I do not have a different uniform for each of these staff positions, just my Biggest Loser sweatshirt and pajama pants

The “New” SAT

Let the spin begin. I actually saw a high school tutor advertise how lucky the current high school sophomores were because they had three choices available to them for next year: take the old SAT, take the new SAT or take the ACT. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth.

The new SAT will be

Largest Dirshu Shabbos Convention and Siyum Will Mark Completion of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha

Stamford—This year’s Dirshu convention that will be held over the weekend of Shabbos Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei/March 13-15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford Connecticut, is slated to be a premiere demonstration of kavod haTorah and kavod for lomdei Torah. The convention is being held in conjunction with the siyum of the

IoT—The Internet of Things

About 10 years ago, the price of a good laptop was about $800 or more. First question anyone asked the salesman in Pre-Amazon times, is “How big is the hard drive?” Back then 250 Gigs was super large you will never need more than that. Of course, the DVD Burner, Screen size, battery life and the weight were other factors.

Navigating the System: Accessing Developmental Disability Services in NJ

Tenafly—To mark Jewish Disability Awareness Month, NJ service agencies gathered to present a free special “How-To-Access What You Need” conference for parents and caregivers of special needs people who must cope with the bureaucracies at government agencies. The session took place at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades last

Terumah: Teachers of the Lost Ark

Rabbi Rosenthal walked down the halls of the Nachmanides School at a rapid clip. Mrs. Weiner had tipped him off to what was going on in Rabbi Levy’s seventh grade class, but he had to see for himself. Surely she must have been mistaken.

He reached Room 118 in about 45 seconds—the school building

The Difference Between Rabbis and Sociologists

There are two ways of looking at Judaism, the Jewish community and the world. These views are not mutually exclusive but require definition and separation. If we keep the difference alive in our minds, we better understand ourselves and our world. However, I sense that we urgently need to remind ourselves of this distinction.

Ashkenazic Kohanim Visiting Sephardic Congregations—Part Two

The Aruch Hashulchan (O.C. 128:64) expresses severe reservations about the Ashkenazic practice to restrict Birkat Kohanim to Yamim Tovim and Yamim Nora’im. First we must provide some perspective about the Aruch HaShulchan. This multi-volume work was written by Rav Yehiel Michel Epstein (1828–1908) and serves as a pillar of Ashkenazic

Obama Sounds a Quiet Revolution in Foreign Policy

President Obama’s publication of his 2015 National Security Strategy on February 6th is the kind of event that generates great heat and discussion among a relatively small group of policymakers, pundits and those few academics connected in some way to Washington’s halls of power. It is largely ignored by the rest of us. Even the New

Forum or Against ’Em?

As a Jewish educator, I am constantly aware of the various ways in which individuals relate to our religion. The individualistic approach is often most stark with high school students in the process of identity formation. Interacting with teenagers as they navigate the assimilation of religion into their personae can be at once fascinating,