Tuesday, March 28, 2017


The Ultimate Jewish Wedding Gift: A Kidney and a Life

When it comes to acts of loving-kindness, plenty of rabbis talk a good game. But Rabbi Ari Sytner has put his entire self into the endeavor.

To the rabbi, though they had met a few days earlier in Montefiore Hospital in New York City, where the surgery was scheduled, the person in the

The Miami Marlins to Host Pesach at the Park Featuring 8th Day & the New York Mets

A Fun and Family-Filled Passover Celebration Comes to the Miami Marlins Game Against the New York Mets

When it comes to South Florida Jews coming together, it’s refreshing when there’s an opportunity to do so outside of Shul or political rallies and instead to have fun. Given the importance

Being a Jewish Professional in the Age of the Alt-Right

An Interview with Lavie Margolin, author of “Can I Wear My Kippah on Job Interviews?”

The Jewish community, not unlike the United States as a whole, was and remains sharply divided over the election of Donald J. Trump to the office of president. Regardless of how one feels about

A Washing Machine for Momma

My father had just bought the land and was having the new building put up for his auto body repair shop. It was a dream come true after many years of working under bitter and adverse conditions to make a living here in America.

I recall an “auto radiator repair” business my pa had, where he

Running for Camp HASC

I am not a runner. And yet, last month, on February 19, I ran my second half marathon with Team HASC in Ft. Lauderdale. Not only did I run, but I pushed a jogging stroller for a portion of the 13.1 miles. You might be asking: why does she run?


Finding Inspiration After Purim

We celebrate Purim every year to commemorate the celebration in ancient times, when joy conquered fear and good vanquished evil. The story of Esther and Mordechai, as told in the Book of Esther, takes place over many years. Too often, we skip the dates in the text and miss an important message hiding in plain sight in the final,

From the Desk of an 18-Year-Old Yeshiva Student: How (Not) to Ruin Your Year in Israel

I wasn’t going to write this article because I first thought that the information in it is obvious. What prompted me to write this was seeing people without goals waste their year in yeshiva or end up stuck in the wrong one. Unfortunately, people usually don’t realize this until it’s too late. Here’s how to avoid becoming one of

Bava Batra 41

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 41. Here are some highlights.

Bava Batra 41: If a building

We Are Obligated to Remember

This week, we have the only Biblical obligation to read from the Torah. It is a special portion speaking about the remembrance of Amalek, connecting us to Haman, one of the main characters of the Megilla, who was a descendant of Amalek.

What is so special about this parsha?

A Laugh at Whose Expense?

Boy, was I glad my son didn’t speak Hebrew! A few years back we were in Israel for a family simcha, and I wanted to bring my son to meet a few of my teachers who were important to me during my time in yeshiva. As we were walking around the yeshiva, I was greeted by one of my old teachers with a warm smile and a handshake. His

Dangerous Achashverosh

Most of us perceive Achashverosh as a character who was manipulated by Haman. This, however, is only one approach to Achashverosh. Chazal (Megilla 12a) argue as to whether Achashverosh was shrewd or a fool. A major question facing readers of Megillat Esther is whether Haman was manipulating Achashverosh or vice versa. Unlike Esther

Yes, We Can Identify Achashverosh and Esther in Secular Sources

I spent many years researching this topic. It is time to keep everyone up to speed.

Until the 19th century, a search in secular sources for a Persian king named Achashverosh would have been an unsuccessful one. Our knowledge of the Persian kings from the Biblical period was coming entirely from