Tuesday, April 25, 2017


 Righteous Gentiles vs. Righteous Jews

Mordecai Paldiel was born Markus Wajsfeld on March 10, 1937, in Antwerp, Belgium, as one of five children, into the Chasidic family of Szlomo Wajsfeld, a diamond trader originally from Miechów, near Kraków. His mother, Hinde née Labin, came from Uhnow (now Ukraine). A Catholic priest was able

TABC Wins Touro’s Model Beis Din Competition

New York—In 1941, hundreds of students from European yeshivas traveled to the Far East to escape Nazi persecution. Before reaching Shanghai, they temporarily settled in Kobe, on the Japanese island of Honshu. Realizing that they may have crossed the international dateline, many observed two days of Shabbat each week.

Rav Yisrael Lau—Hashem’s Role in the Holocaust

One of the great questions confronted by thoughtful Jews is the role of Hashem in the Holocaust. While many thinkers address this issue, a most powerful approach is articulated by Rav Yisrael Lau in his book “Out of the Depths.” The fact that Rav Lau experienced the Holocaust with all of its unspeakable horror

Breaking Up With Facebook: We’re Just ‘Friends’ Now

soften breakups by using the phrase “It’s really not you; it’s me.” Well, in this case, it is definitely you, Facebook, definitely you. Perhaps we can still be “friends”?


Our relationship began in November of 2011 when I started

JCC Thurnauer School of Music  Celebrates Annual ‘Gift of Music’ Gala Benefit

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music is celebrating 33 years of magnificent music making on Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood with its annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit. The concert features world-renowned Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York

Bava Batra 82

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 82. These are some highlights.

Bava Batra 82: May I host a meal in the shul for the redemption of a firstborn who is not firstborn?

A young couple became

The Experts Speak: Leftover Matzah

So, you say you bought five pounds of matzah and only needed two? You picked up five boxes of hand shmurah and only used three of them? And now it’s the day after Passover, and you’re left with oodles of the stuff. And the supermarket now has a deal to give matzah away free with every purchase over two dollars. Well, fear no

Insights Into the History of the Haftarah

  1. Although there are many theories, no one knows when and why the practice of the Haftarah was instituted.

The ArtScroll Siddur includes the following statement: “The practice of reading from the Prophets …was introduced during the reign of the infamous Syrian-Greek king

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Alan Dershowitz to Address ‘Anti-Zionism in the Academy’

Alan Dershowitz, a 1955 graduate of Yeshiva University High School, and Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik will discuss “Anti-Zionism in the Academy: Israel and the Future of American Education” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lamport Auditorium at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in Washington

Sefirah and Helping Our Fellow Man

The matzahs are eaten, the chametz is back. Pesach is now “back on the shelf” until next year. Our current focus is the Pesach sequel: Sefirat Haomer. It’s a time of counting up to the giving of the Torah on Shavuos and it’s a time of mourning as well. No haircuts, no shaving, no music, no weddings. How do

Passing Judgement on the Wrong Train

When I was a freshman in MTA I had an experience one morning that impacted not only that day, but weeks, months and years to come in a number of different ways. Every morning I would travel from Brooklyn to Washington Heights on a van that picked me up on my corner around 6 a.m. I was always able to rely on my mother to get me out

Bringing the Prophets to Life Troubling Stories, Eternal Message

The story of the death of Aharon’s two sons during the joyous celebration of the Chanukat HaMishkan, of which we read in this week’s parsha, is one of the most troubling and puzzling stories in the Torah. Similarly, the haftarah’s story of the death of Avinadav’s son, Uza, in the midst of celebrating the relocation of the