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Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Boy Scout Troop 226 in the Land of Skannatati

On Chol ha-Mo’ed Sukkot, Boy Scout Troop 226, chartered to the Jewish Center of Teaneck, went to Harriman State Park for a three-mile hike. They were accompanied by several parents and younger siblings, including members of Pack 613 and a Girl Scout Brownie troop in Fair Lawn.

The hike began at the Lake Skannatati parking area on Seven

Snowflakes in The Sukkah and Who Are Our Children With?

As Sukkot approaches, we cannot help but remember the times (not often) when we experienced snowflakes dropping into our soup while eating in the Sukkah. They don’t call it the North Country for nothing! Considering that this year the chag is so early we cannot imagine that the problem will exist. Instead the other recurring dilemma on a warm beautiful day

Jewish Magic in the Morning

Excuse me while I unabashedly pay tribute to one of my best friends in the world and at the same time and without excuses shill for something that I volunteer for and which plays a totally meaningful role in my life.

“JM in the AM,” hosted by the indefatigable Nachum Segal, has to be one of the most precious assets belonging to this community.

The Blurry Red Line

The world is watching the fluid situation concerning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s usage of chemical weapons that caused the mass murder of Syrian civilians with much suspense.

President Obama’s announcement to the world that he would seek Congressional approval for a military strike against Syria was met with a very tepid response. The President was

Yom Kippur Eve March of the Rabbis Gaining Recognition On 70th Anniversary

During the Holocaust years, there was only one march in Washington, D. C. , to plead with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to rescue Europe’s Jews. As the 70th anniversary of that remarkable demonstration approaches, the protest is finally gaining mainstream recognition in the Jewish community.

In the autumn of 1943, the Jewish activists known as

Good Bye My Fly

With Sukkot around the corner, we tend to forget (or not) about the pesky little bugs that sometimes like to visit our succah: mainly bees and flies. I have a few tips to get rid of that problem.

First of all if you have a problem with fruit flies (whether in the sukkah or not) here is a solution: Take a small glass and fill it ½ inch with apple cider vinegar

Beit Din Decisions in English – A Major Breakthrough!

The publication of Teaneck resident Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Yehuda (Ronnie) Warburg’s work Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality” is a major event.  The Halachic world has seen major advances in many areas such as medical Halacha where Halacha has very capably addressed virtually almost all challenging circumstances and situations.  In the area of

A Work Unworthy of Its Author

Alice Walker, The Cushion in the Road: Mediation and Wanderings as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way (New York: The New Press, 2013) pp. 365.

What is a reviewer to do when a truly gifted writer writes a genuinely awful book?I suspect that I was invited to write this review because the editor suspected that I might be

Friendship Walk Draws 1,000 and Raises Over $60K

Paramus—Over 1000 people came out last Sunday to Yeshivat Noam’s Paramus campus to show support for the Friendship Circle (FC).  FC provides social programming for local kids, teens, and adults with special needs, as well as providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for community teens.

The 7th annual FC Walk, dubbed the NJ

Chizuk l’Lomdei Torah Shabbos Scheduled in Somerset

Dirshu will hold its Second Annual Shabbos Chizuk l’Lomdei Torah, Shabbos Vayeitzei. On November 8-10. Dirshu participants will be coming from across the United States and Canada to the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in Somerset  to be mechazek one another and celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of participants

Conflict Over The Kotel - Women For The Wall & Women Of The Wall

Jerusalem—Recently, when Women of the Wall (WoW) heard what Naftali Bennett—Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor, Minister of Religious Services, Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and a Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee—had engineered at Robinson’s Arch, they held a 24-hour sit-in at the Kotel to protest the attempt to

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS

Bergen Blue Law Challenge
Moves Forward

Bergen County--Modernize Bergen County (MGC)  announced this week that it now has  2,500 sigtnatures, garnered enough to request a referendum vote in November to quash the Blue Laws which prevent the sale of clothes, electronics, kitchenware, building supplies, furniture, alcohol and other selected goods.