Sunday, April 30, 2017


Chopping Nuts vs. the Tea Room

We know that most think we are crazy, but the idea of not making Pesach for a crowd still does not resonate well with us. Sorry, folks. We enjoyed the visits to the Jean Talon market to buy our vegetables—all 75 pounds of potatoes, 10 cabbages, 30 pounds of carrots, etc. We loved planning special Chol Hamoed trips to

Matza Madness

Students can cut class, business partners can cut ties and Kevin Bacon can cut loose (footloose, kick off your Shabbat shoes!). Jews, however, cannot cut matza, at least not without making a crumby mess or an edible jigsaw puzzle. Like a fragile octogenarian seeking plastic surgery, matza is far too brittle to go under the

Exit Tax

Every year I write a tax column, for tax purposes. I know that we all have to pay taxes, because that’s how we all chip in for things, like a big cake when it’s the president’s birthday, and so on.

But some taxes are ridiculous. For example, in New York, there’s a tax on bagels, but only

Why Is Car Leasing So Popular?

There are many reasons why car leasing has become so popular. Reasons include:

Cash flow. By leasing you are only paying the depreciation on the car you are driving for the amount of time you have it. You have a known monthly expense and a significantly lower payment then if you had financed

May the Sea Split Again

The shidduchim parsha. It’s a difficult parsha. As difficult as Kriyas Yam Suf, Chazal tell us. And those of us who know the pain of an older single understand the analogy well. For shidduchim is like a stormy sea, with crashing waves and engulfing waters.

As the Yom Tov of Kriyas Yam Suf

AMIT Bar Ilan Enjoys Second Consecutive Win in National Cyber Competition

Ramat Gan, Israel—For the second consecutive year, students from AMIT Ginsburg Bar Ilan Gush Dan Junior and Senior High School for Boys won first place in the Junior High division of the national cyber championship, which was run last week by the Ministry of Education. In addition, a team of ninth-grade students from AMIT

Bat Mitzvah of Aliza Gans

Aliza Gans, daughter of Rich and Jenny Gans, became a bat mitzvah on Rosh Chodesh Adar. Family and friends helped her celebrate with a pizza party February 26, 2017, at Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield. The purple- and silver-themed décor provided a colorful background to Jodi Senter’s lively ruach and entertainment. A

Engagement of Deena Buechler and Henry Bernstein

Deena Buechler, of West Orange, New Jersey, and Henry Bernstein, of Woodmere, New York, are engaged and planning an April 2017 wedding.

Deena, daughter of Bruce and Debbie Buechler of West Orange, is a graduate of Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Machon Maayan Seminary in Israel and Binghamton

Bar Mitzvah of Nate Savitz

Nate Savitz, son of Josh and Naomi Savitz of Livingston, became a bar mitzvah on February 11, 2017. The proud grandmothers are Renee Savitz of West Caldwell and Anne Himmel of East Brunswick. The ceremony took place at the Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center in Livingston. Nate is in the seventh grade at Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy

Mazel Tov to Grandparents Laurie and Ira Bauman

Mazel tov to Laurie and Ira Bauman of Teaneck on the birth of a grandson, and to the parents, Aliza and Ezra Genauer of Seattle, Washington. The baby was born on March 8, 2017.


Bar Mitzvah of Sam and Ben Richman

Sam and Ben Richman celebrated their bar mitzvah on 22 Shevat, Parshat Yitro (February 17-18, 2017) at Congregation Beth Abraham, in Bergenfield. Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg officiated. The twins, in seventh grade at the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, are the sons of Mandy and Cory Richman of Bergenfield and grandsons of Hedy and

This Passover, Free Your Mind

There is a well-known tension at the heart of the Passover holiday. The Haggadah contains a debate about whether the story of the Exodus is primarily a transition from slavery to freedom or from the worship of foreign deities to the worship of God. In other words, is Passover a holiday that celebrates autonomy or the beginning of