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Write Your Own “Gratitude Graffiti”

Teaneck—Always wanted to show off your “tagging” creds? The ones you practiced on your notebooks in class in 14 different colored markers? Now you can scrawl your thanks in style on a storefront window in Teaneck, legally. More than 20 local merchants and the Teaneck Library are participating in The Gratitude Graffiti Project, a 40-day practice

Women’s Night Out in Elul

On Motzei Shabbat of August 31, almost 140 women sat in concentric rings of chairs as part of the fifth annual Erev Shira v’Hitorerut.  The program of music followed by a shiur and then selichot was run by Migdal Oz in conjunction with Ma’ayanot High School.

Sarah Robinson, a Migdal Oz graduate who currently

Teaneck Resident Elected President of NY State Social Work Deans Association

New York—Teaneck resident Dr. Steven Huberman, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College in New York, has been elected president of the New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work. The association is a coalition of deans of social work at both private and public institutions of higher education from across the

YU Appoints Rabbi Simon Basalely Mashgiach of YU Sephardic Community Program

New York—Rabbi Simon Basalely has been appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University. Basalely, a graduate of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, also known as the Beren Kollel Elyon, will assume his new role at the start of the fall semester, providing guidance to the

Simcha-Sharing Site Unveils Redesigned Website & App with More Features

Bergenfield—OnlySimchas, the premier celebrations clearinghouse for the Jewish community, has announced a series of major upgrades, including the launch of a new mobile-friendly platform.  Users can now instantly post photos directly from a celebration using their iPhones.

Visitors to OnlySimchas.com will also find a new design that easily adapts to

Syracuse Orange Football Team Tackles Smokey Joe’s in Teaneck

What’s the food of choice for football players? Prime rib.

The entirety of the Syracuse Orange football team patronized Smokey Joe’s on August 30 for a pre-game day late lunch.

“At first I thought it was a prank,” Joe Godin, restaurant owner said.

The site of three busloads of suited football players with a state police escort

The Wealthiest Wedding of All

I’ve certainly been to some lavish simchas in the last 25 years. Weddings that have taken me to impressive marinas, sandy beaches, and spectacular hilltop panoramic views, and bar mitzvahs featuring the hottest boy-toy bands and dancing women without, umm…their hair covered, to say the least. No, I wasn’t at Sam Horowitz’s extravaganza in Dallas, but

Acheinu Talmidim Tested on Mesechta Kesubos

Jerusalem—In honor of the beginning of Elul Zeman at the Acheinu Yeshiva for Baalei Teshuvah in Yerushalayim, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Hevron Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Cohen, shlita, recently participated in a pesichas hazeman event—a siyyum on the entire Masechta Kesubos.

Rav Cohen, Rav Dovid Hofstedter,  and Rabbi Zev Hofstedter, Rosh Yeshiva

What’s App Doc?

Some of the hottest things these days are apps. There’s a daf yomi app, a kriyas shema shel mita app, a zmanim app and thousands more of all different types and from thousands of different sources. If you ask someone, “What’s an app?” they’ll probably tell you it’s something for your iPad or smartphone. It’s actually just the

Bon Annee / Shanah Tova

Just about one year ago we davened on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with our friends at Congregation Ahavat Yisroel in Cote St. Luc, a suburb of Montreal. It was the very last time that we would be together as a minyan—that we would fulfill our roles as rabbi and rebbetzin of a group of people that we loved deeply.

Our minyan was not

The Rabbi and the Rapper

SEATTLE—Most Orthodox rabbis who earn the title “emeritus” retire to a quiet life of teaching and learning and visiting the sick. Emeritus Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, who recently retired after decades of service to Seattle’s Sephardic Bikur Cholim congregation, does all of those activities, but now has a new and distinctly unorthodox career—as vocal

The Essence of Marriage

Dear Dr. Glick,

When my wife and I married 15 years ago, everything seemed wonderful. My wife was an amazing person who was funny, fun to be with, and great even with my friends. We got along beautifully together. We decided to get married less than two months after we met. She was very much a detail person, but I thought that was a good thing because I look at