Sunday, October 20, 2019



Fall is a wonderful time for celebrating the arts, with theater parties, gallery openings and book parties (October is National Book Month). But if gathering friends and coordinating a massive pilgrimage to the city is too much trouble to coordinate, don’t fret. There are local alternatives you can organize in your neighborhood and fascinating soirees to arrange

Kaddish, Women’s Voices Depicts Struggle between Modernity and Modern Orthodoxy

Kaddish, Women’s Voices, edited by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas (Jerusalem and New York: Urim Publications, 2013) pp. 270, $27.95.

Rabbi Norman Lammonce said that when modernity fights with the liberal movements in Judaism, it is not a fair fight because modernity always wins, and that when modernity fights with the right wing of Orthodoxy, it

Cartoonists Who Spoke Out Against Kristallnacht

Six days after Kristallnacht, Paul Carmack, staff cartoonist for the Christian Science Monitor, drew a cartoon titled “The Best Answer to Race Persecution.” It showed a large hand, labeled “Humanity,” handing a document titled “Assistance” to a crowd of Jewish refugees.

“I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a

Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between

Montreal—_DalaiLama has more than 7,000,000 Twitter followers. A smartphone app provides Muslim worshippers with a customizable prayer alarm and a compass that always points to Mecca. The first Papal “

In The Steps of the Rambam—Literally!

Exactly 849 years ago, the Rambam wrote a very important letter. That letter describes how he risked his life to come on a visit to Israel. It was during the time of the Crusades and life in Israel—for Jews—was indeed one of great danger. He arrived in Israel, in the port city of Akko on the 3rd of Sivan 4925 and was so excited that he

Project Ezrah Helps Families Dress for Success

Englewood—Wearing a crisp blouse with a new skirt and jacket or a freshly cleaned suit of clothes to a job interview is always a smart idea. It provides the interviewer with an immediately positive impression, and it gives the interviewee an extra blast of confidence. For young people, a well-fitting couture bat mitzvah dress or suit for a special occasion

“The Sage Initiative” For Seniors

Teaneck—The Orthodox Union, in collaboration with STAJE (a communal organization seeking to help make the retirement-age years meaningful for  American Jews) and Congregation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, announced The SAGE (Seniors Actively Growing and Exploring) Initiative, a four-week series featuring leading rabbinic, communal and mental health

Benjamin Franklin and Judaism

In addition to his lasting contributions to science and government, the American founding father Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) also managed to posthumously influence Jewish thought and practice by way of his famous Autobiography.  In that work, Franklin briefly discussed a method he had devised for overcoming his undesirable habits and becoming more

The Shutdown might be over by the time you read this piece, but it’s an eye-opener.

The U.S. government is paralyzed, and we now face the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. Congress is unable to resolve the issue, and President Obama is as obstinate as the legislators who oppose him. To some extent, our political system is functioning as intended—the Founding Fathers meant for it to be cumbersome. But as they set out to

The Political Challenge: Helping N.J. Special Needs Families

As a mother and a legislator, I know firsthand that quality education is invaluable. It is the greatest gift we give our children and the most important investment we make in the future of our community. New Jersey has a legal obligation to provide each student with a thorough and efficient education. Beyond that, though, we also have a moral mandate to give every

The Home/School Connection

From the first day you put your preschooler on the bus until the day he or she graduates from high school, communication with school is central to understanding your child’s progress. For most parents, communication with teachers is reserved primarily for formal conferences. Parents of children with special needs, however, often seek more regular communication with

Rabbi Benjamin Yudin on the Parsha

Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, longtime spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, is now wearing a second hat: that of published author. His first book, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin on the Parsha, has just been published by Mosaica Press. Rabbi Yudin has led Shomrei Torah since 1969, helping to build it into one of the largest Orthodox congregations