Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Parshat Zachor—Purim Secrets Revealed

This dvar Torah is dedicated l’iluy nishmat my mother, Miriam Mirel bas Shalom, a”h, whose yahrtzeit is this Shabbos, the 13th of Adar.

Kids absolutely love waking up the day after Purim. It’s a feast in the waiting, with cookies, cakes, candies and other goodies all waiting to be

To the Victor Belong the Spoils

Shabbat Zachor

Parshat Tetzave

This Shabbat before Purim requires us to read of our obligation to destroy Amalek, as the story of Purim came about through the machinations of Haman, a descendant of Agag, the king of Amalek. Although the connection between the

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

As an educator, I strive to think about the actions I have taken in the past and how they have affected my students, fellow teachers and myself. I previously thought that my talents and abilities were simply fixed traits. If I am talented in a certain area, why do I need to work to improve it? Further, if I do try and

Is Proper Hashkafa Caught or Taught?

Over breakfast in Yerushalayim a few weeks ago, I was talking about the state of American Jewish education with a friend who teaches graduates of American day schools in several seminaries. One of the shortcomings he raised was submitted to the Bar Ilan LookJed listserv and has generated

The Loss of a Giant

On March 1, 2017, the third day of Adar, the world lost a special soul. Mr. Chaim Silber, known to many by his nickname Lobo, was niftar at the age of 70 after a yearlong illness. As we enter the month of Adar, when our simcha is supposed to be multiplied, we find ourselves mourning the loss of a giant of a man who brought

Remembering Rabbi Meyer Korbman, z”l

7 Adar 5777 marked the one-year yahrtzeit of HaRav Meyer Korbman, z”l, the venerable spiritual leader of a small kehila in Union, New Jersey, for 35+ years. Humility was one of Rabbi Korbman’s greatest virtues, yet he impacted so many lives with his poise, compassion and love of every Jew. My family and I will always be indebted to the

Teaching Kindness: Are We Talking About It at Home?

Kindness is the number one value I emphasize at home to my children. I don’t ask them what grade they got on their test. I don’t ask them what they learned today. I don’t navigate their social experiences. I don’t tell them that if they studied they could have done bettter (or at least not at the moment). I ask them if they

Parental Guidelines for New Teenage Drivers

People are attached to their phones, plain and simple! Therefore, putting down one’s phone when driving has become a challenge, even though most people inherently understand that holding a device while driving is not safe.While sitting at a light, it is easy to rationalize that we will just “take a peek” and then

Keeping Everyone Happy (and in Costume) on Purim

Top Tips From Child Development Experts

Purim is an exciting time of year that can also be overwhelming for sensory-sensitive kids. What with the frequent shaking of the gragger, banging when Haman’s name is called, multitudes of people at shul, massive quantities of food and candy

The Joy of Purim

Many are surprised when they hear that Nina is on Facebook. It was actually done in order to find out what the phenomenon was all about, and we were interested in hearing what people post. In fact, it is only Nina who reads it and is frequently shocked by some of the postings. As well, we have realized that there are those

Kaddish in Panama

Any time I’ve told someone the story of my travels to Panama during the year that I was saying Kaddish for my father the responses were almost always “That’s a great story” and “You should write it down so you don’t forget it.” For many years I’ve intended to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard if you will, but somehow

Torah, Chesed and Fun Combine in East Hill Synagogue Bat Mitzvah Pilgrimage

Nineteen participants, including recent pre- and post-bat mitzvah girls, their mothers and two grandmothers, took part in a week-long pilgrimage to Israel this past February that combined Torah, chesed and absolute fun for an unforgettable experience. Led by Chana Reichman, rebbetzin of the East Hill Synagogue in Englewood