Monday, June 26, 2017


Parshas Naso—the Power of Commitment

When I was learning in the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, I was part of a smaller group that learned with our rosh yeshiva, Harav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, zt”l. Tuesdays were special in the Mir, for Rav Finkel would give a shiur to the entire student body—well over a thousand students. Earlier in the day, while learning with our

Celebrating the Power of Restraint—A Shavuot Message

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky relates the following poignant story:

I once sat on an overseas flight next to a talkative executive who was skeptical about his own Jewish heritage. During the first hours of the flight, the man peppered me with questions, mostly cynical, about Judaism.

Opportunity Knocks and...?

Although the lengthy parsha of Naso includes numerous different topics, the Rabbis chose the mitzvah of nezirut to be the bridge to connect us to the parsha and, by necessity, it had to relate the story of Shimshon HaGibor. “By necessity,” because there is no person in all of Tanach who is identified as a nazir except

Middle School for the Modern Orthodox

If ever there was a Biblical equivalent of the phrase “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” it would be “chanoch lana’ar al pi darko, gam ki yazkin lo yasur mimena.” This pasuk instructs us to teach a child based on who he or she is (“according to his way”) because he or she will never fully change

From the Heart

This past Erev Yom Kippur a person reached out and asked to meet with me. He knew as I did that he had hurt me in a very personal way this past year. I was hesitant to meet with him but the atmosphere of the day pushed me to be forgiving and make the time to briefly get together. We all want Hashem to forgive us for our

Learning Goes Beyond the Classroom: Reflections on Four Years at TABC

It might seem unusual, but I don’t really remember my first full day of high school. Actually, let me refine that statement—I remember it, but not as anything unique; nothing really stood out. But before I recount what I remember about my first full day, let me backtrack to the beginning of my TABC experience, to when

My Father’s Letters to My Mother From the M/S St. Louis

(Translated from the German original)

Part 6—Letter Number Three

Thursday June 1, 1939

Dear Good Wife and My Dear Children!

As you see we are still on board the

Graduation Nostalgia

We had the privilege of attending the Yeshiva University graduation this week and watched as our eldest Hagler grandson, Tzvi, received his diploma. The pouring rain did nothing to quell the spirits of the attendees who poured into Madison Square Garden for this event. Each detail of the graduation was perfectly planned and

Remembering Rabbi Elias Lauer, z”l, on His 20th Yahrzeit

As we commemorate the 20th yahrzeit of our beloved father, Rabbi Elias Lauer, z”l, we reminisce on a life that, though not long in years, was full in the impact it had on his family and the broader Jewish community.

Throughout his life, Elias Lauer skillfully balanced his religious

Study Correlates Prenuptial Agreements With Marital Satisfaction in Orthodox Community

New York—A recently published study found a higher level of marital satisfaction among Orthodox Jews who signed a religious prenuptial agreement. It also found that signing an agreement was not associated with potential concerns; there was no greater tendency among signees to have a difficult adjustment to marriage or to consider

Come Learn About the Jerusalem Institute for the Blind

Dianne and Stan Bekritsky invite the greater Teaneck community to come learn about the Jerusalem Institute for the Blind (JIB) on Wednesday, June 7 from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to pair wines and cheeses but more importantly, they will hear about the wonderful work JIB does to assist the many

Neil Klatskin Day Camps at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Is Now Enrolling for Summer 2017

The Neil Klatskin Day Camps at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades are now registering for their summer season, offering children, ages 3 to 7, a non-stop summer adventure, where campers enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and explore personal interests. Families can sign