Recent violent attacks on Jews in the New Jersey/New York area have added a strong new sense of urgency to conversations in the Jewish community about shul security. Responding to these concerns, New Jersey Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) has partnered with Republican colleagues Assemblyman Ronald Dancer
Our parsha this week is truly the climax of the Yetziat Mitzrayim story and of the entire Sefer Shemot. From Hashem’s initial demand of Par’oh to release Bnei Yisrael until Moshe Rabbeinu’s final insistence that the king free the people, there was repetition of the purpose of that
May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat David Mordechai, sheyichyeh.
Tosafot on our daf propose that the
Bracha Achrona on a Liquid
A celebrated point of dispute is whether one should recite a bracha achrona when consuming hot drinks. Normally, one recites a bracha achrona after drinking a liquid if he drank a revi’it (three ounces according to Rav Ovadia Yosef) within the normal time to drink a revi’it
Most nouns in Hebrew derive from a verb. Let us try to figure out what verb was the root of this one. Unfortunately, yod-resh-chet never functions as a verb in Tanach. But wait. With a slight alteration, we can see the verb aleph-resh-chet. This verb means: “travel, wander.” It turns out that the widespread scholarly view of the Hebrew
There is an arcane yet wonderfully entertaining late-night TV sketch in which comic legend Bob Newhart plays a therapist who is meeting a patient suffering from a debilitating phobia of being buried alive in a box. (Yes, it’s available on YouTube.) In his classic deadpan, Newhart the therapist relates to the nervous patient that he is
Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a breakfast for about 40 people. In order for everyone present to enjoy comfortably, we knew that all dairy products that were used had to be chalav Yisrael. Please keep in mind that we were more than happy to accommodate everyone, and with great simcha Nina prepared for this event. Each time she
(Courtesy of Makor Chaim) Rabbi Dov Singer is a
Bergenfield’s Yehuda Weiss, son of Rav Duvie and Mrs. Leelee Weiss and a student at Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah, has spent an incredible amount of time learning mishnayos over the past few years. So much so that at 14 years
Two years ago, I was standing at sunset overlooking Wharariki Beach, appreciating one of the most picturesque scenes that I have ever seen, if not the most, when a man approached me. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” he said. “Incredible,” I replied. I asked him where he was from and he said he was from a suburb of London. He had come to
Hillel (MTA ’16) completed his active army service on December 5.
Aren’t you so relieved? Everyone keeps asking me.
The truth? No. Somewhat. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Maybe? Maybe not.
As usual, my heart and my head
How a person perceives himself and how a person is perceived by others carries a very strong emotional impact. Self-esteem can propel someone to great heights and to achieve great things. On the other hand, a negative self-image and one that is reinforced by others can generate depression, self-doubt and loathing, and can often lead to a