Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

It was a pretty typical night in our home a few years back. It changed when one of my children asked that I make school lunches again. My wife was surprised. Every family has the household chores divided up among the parties in the home. It was my wife who made the lunches for the kids every night. The night before, however, she

Displaying Disposition

If you spent the day working at a fish factory, wouldn’t you change your clothing before coming to shul? After a sweaty workout at the gym, wouldn’t a shower be in order before meeting the family for dinner at a restaurant? As a general rule, people aim not to share or display their off-putting scents for public consumption,

Chanoch Lanaar: An Alternate Approach

“Potential” is a word that evokes a wide range of responses. Potential can inspire, opening the mind’s eye to endless possibilities. Potential can partner with remorse, producing feelings of regret and memories of lost opportunity. Potential can also produce strong anxiety within an individual; how does one choose a life path

A Community of Chesed

I few weeks ago I visited the settlement of Gevaot in the Gush Etzion area, not far from Jerusalem. The settlement of Gevaot was founded in 1984 as a Nachal army outpost in the hills descending from Gush Etzion. In 2012 with the support and assistance of the Gush Etzion Regional Council

One Question That Will Change Your World

The stories we tell ourselves about the world and our place in it lock us into a single way of thinking: Experts are never wrong. Gifted students excel and embrace new opportunities. At-risk students are always on the precipice looking down. Slower students face constant challenges. Great educators teach the best classes. And

Rebbetzin Tap Launches Kol Isha, for Women and Girls Only

Kol Isha is a Facebook group started in December 2016 by Kerry Bar-Cohn, known as the Jewish performer “Rebbetzin Tap.” The goal is simple—to provide a safe, kosher place for Jewish women and girls to post themselves singing, dancing and sharing creative expression, and for other women and girls to watch and enjoy!

The ‘Bittersweet’ Story

Shabbat Shekalim

Parshat Mishpatim

The Shabbat of, or before, Rosh Chodesh Adar (the Adar that precedes Pesach) is designated by the Gemara in Megilla as the first of the “special” parshiot that herald the arrival of Pesach and require a special reading

From TABC to Tzahal: An Interview With Lone Soldier Noach Strassberg

Hi, Noach, thank you so much for agreeing to talk with me. I know you are so busy wrapping up your army service.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in Monsey and I went to

Fix or Bury a Damaged Tallit? A Marriage Metaphor

Over the centuries, a custom evolved in the Jewish community to use a tallit as a wedding chuppah. It is frequently a gift from the bride to the groom. When he wears it, the tzitzit (four fringes) representing taryag mitzvot (the 613 commandments) remind him that he is bound to his bride, to the exclusion of all

Criminal Innovations

We’re always talking about new innovations in the field of science and art, but there are also new innovations in the field of being a criminal.

For example, a couple of years ago, a woman in California was arrested for going on a cheek-pinching spree. She’d pinch little kids’

The Dark Side

Some Jews tend to dress predominantly in the color black, including black hats, black suits and black coats. From a fashion perspective, dressing in the same color on a daily basis certainly makes it easier to put together color-coordinated outfits. In addition, having a closet full of black suits eliminates the cost of

Is This for Real?

We are beyond excited. What many 

take for granted is a totally new experience for us. We are in Florida, walking in warmth amongst the beauty of palm trees, hibiscus trees flowering along the boulevards and coconuts dangling from palms trees and we are in awe of the many lulavim we see jutting