Saturday, January 25, 2020


A Different Way to Lean In Lihi Lapid and A Woman of Valor

Part Two

Lapid’s mission on her U.S. book tour is to “show another Israel,” one whose people “deal with kids, family life, mother and father, how to keep the family together in this modern difficult world. For me, it is very important to export it.”

I first met Lapid during one of her attempts to do precisely that. She was getting ready to go

Elegant, Eloquent and Exemplary: Esther Manischewitz

Teaneck—Over 200 people gathered at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck last week to pay tribute to a woman who was one of the pillars of Modern Orthodoxy in this now thriving community, as well as a beloved and respected institution in her own right.

Esther Manishewitz, who passed away on November 15th at age 91, was remembered fondly

Dirshu European Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum in London

As Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha completes the Mishna Berurah’s fifth volume, and embarks on the sixth, final one, now is the time to join and increase limud halacha. The Gemara teaches that Hashem has nothing in His universe other than the four amos of halacha!

HaGaon HaRav Shmuel

Tzipi Livni: The Believer

The final installment

As Livni returns to the negotiating table, she faces no shortage of skeptics who doubt this round of talks will succeed and hardliners who actively hope it will not. “We are marking 20 years from Oslo this coming September, and we have seen a lot of photo ops and a lot of meetings,” says Israeli Deputy Defense Minister and

Super Bowl Business: It’s the Economy…

Bergen County—This year’s Super Bowl is a confusing beast because it has two “owners”: New York and New Jersey. The game’s host state usually stands to bring in several hundred million in revenue, but with New Jersey acting as the physical host and New York, in large part, as the cultural host, things are a bit muddled.

MetLife Stadium is in East

Celebrate! The Carnival is Coming!

A New Year’s Day Extravaganza is coming to town courtesy of Areyvut, a Bergenfield based non-profit. The event, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset, N.J., will feature rides, games and a variety of shows.

This will be Areyvut’s eighth year hosting an event on January first, but this is their first time doing something on

National School Choice Week to Launch from Jersey

On Wednesday, January 22nd, the 4th Annual National School Choice Week will launch its cross-country Whistle-Stop Tour from Newark, New Jersey, bringing the message of liberty all across the country. In conjunction with this historic event, Choice Media is organizing the

GOP Rivals Declare Peace

Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin and County Executive Kathleen Donovan put their differences aside and held a unity rally on December 17. Despite their past sniping at one another, they each endorsed the other for new terms at their respective jobs.

The two assured attendees that this was not just a temporary détente, but a permanent arrangement.

Va’eyra: The Plagues: A Modern Version

As I was eating breakfast in front of the television—a nice piece of Lebanese baklava with a cup of Earl Grey tea—the weatherman for Good Morning Egypt was standing in front of his map of the country, pointing toward the Nile Delta.

“Today will be partly cloudy, with a 20% chance of frogs.”

Suddenly, from the window to his side—you

ToHeckWith U.

Ronald Goldstock, former Director of the New York State Organized Crimes Task Force and famed author and expert on organized crime, had this to say a few years ago about the Mafia: “The people who join the mob these days…don’t have the values their predecessors had.”

With all due respect to the Gotti and Gambino families, I present to you the latest

Reading Connections

Growing up, I read the book, All of a Kind Family, and the following sequels by Sydney Taylor countless times. Without a doubt it was my favorite series, and I connected in a profound way to the story of a Jewish family with five daughters at the turn of the century on the Lower East Side of New York. Even though the setting was different, I was the

Understanding School Hiring Season

It may seem obvious, but it bears stating that the most important factor in a school’s quality is its staff, especially its faculty and leaders. It also bears mentioning that of the approximately 900 Jewish Day Schools in the U.S., almost every single one hires someone new to its staff each year, ranging from support personnel to school leaders. Schools hire