Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Triumphant Tour de Simcha Cycles Into Camp Simcha

The road from Vernon, New Jersey, to Glen Spey, New York, was dotted with pink last week when 219 women cycled their way from the Minerals Spa and Resort to Camp Simcha Special as part of the 2017 Tour de Simcha. Among those riding from Bergen County were Freeda Muller, Tova Gerson, Bibi Pavel and Eva Rothberg.

Out of the Mouths of Babes I Learn Continuity Is Real

My wife, Lisa, and I came up to Sharon, Massachusetts, during the summers to spend two weeks with our daughter DeDe, son-in-law Yaakov and our three grandsons, Nani, Itai and Uriel.

Sharon has a beautiful Jewish community just south of Boston.

Two years ago,

A Little Too Emojional

I’m not generally big on texting. I basically just text my wife across the house when I don’t want to yell the same thing up the stairs 10 times or have the kids know what I’m saying. When I was growing up, my parents didn’t actually have texting, so I’m not sure how they had important conversations without us hearing

Knish Conundrum

In the English language, nearly all words that begin with the letters “kn” start with a “k” that is silent. This is common knowledge, especially among knuckleheads, knights, knaves, knackers, knockouts and New York Knickerbockers with knobby knees. Technically, the “kn” combo is referred to as a phonogram, i.e., a

Genesis as Literature

Reviewing “Genesis: From Creation to Covenant,” by Zvi Grumet. Maggid Books. Hardcover, 510 pages, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-59264-477-3.

It was clear the moment I opened Rav Grumet’s new book that I was holding something wholly different—an approach to Bereishit

Mordecai Paldiel Emphasizes the Importance of Honoring One’s Own

Reviewing: “Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust,” by Mordecai Paldiel. The Jewish Publication Society. Hardcover. 636 pages. 2017. ISBN-10: 0827612613.

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel dedicated over two decades of his life seeking out the

Hebrew School Curriculum Celebrates Diversity of Jewish Culture

Hebrew teacher Chana Zinstein, of Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley, recently developed a new curriculum that explores the similarities and differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazi holiday minhagim, and how Jews from both Israel and the diaspora celebrate the holidays.

With the help

Determine Your Daughter’s True Feelings Before Writing Off a Potential Mate

Our daughter Miriam has a friend named Naomi who was always considered the class queen. I know that might sound bad, but let’s face it. Every grade has a queen. It’s the way it is. Naomi was and is today very beautiful. She’s smart, sweet and comes from a well-known, affluent family. There’s nothing wrong with our daughter Miriam. I think she’s

Second Shot or Not?

Dear Shoshy,

I recently went on a first date with a boy and left the date feeling unsure how to proceed. I generally go on second dates as a rule in order to give the person another shot. However, I left this date unsure if I wanted to do so. The boy I went out with seemed

How ‘Tu B’Av Together,’ the Global Day for Shidduchim, Began

It will be a great day… in fact, Tu B’Av was always a great day for shidduchim...for thousands of years.

Thousands of Jews from across the globe will unite in tefillah for the zechus of all singles in klal Yisrael who have not yet found their zivugim. This

JFNNJ’s Jason Shames Redefines Non-Profit Leadership

Anyone who thinks Jewish Federation activities are rote, bureaucratic or boring has clearly never met the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, the charismatic dynamo that is Jason Shames.

Shames (pronounced Shaah-mes) joined JFNNJ in 2011 after overseeing all

Local Tisha B’Av Programming

Keter Torah Will Host Rabbi Dr. J.J. Schacter Starting at 9:15 a.m.

The opening shiur will be “Preparing for Tisha B’Av in 2017.” This program will be broadcast live on www.yutorah.org. To co-sponsor, please email [email protected] Keter Torah is