Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Bipartisan NJ Bill Will Allow Guns in Shul

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

‘It Is Not in Heaven’

Parshat Yitro

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

Brachot 43

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat David Mordechai, sheyichyeh.

 If he mistakenly said Shehakol before smelling besamim, does he need a new blessing?

Tosafot on our daf propose that the

Bracha Achrona on Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Soup and Ice Cold Ice Cream

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

The Meaning of ‘Yareach’ (=Moon)

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

The Step Before the Torah

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

Who Determines the Prices?

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

Spirituality From an Israeli Master

Highlighting: “Prepare My Prayer: Recipes to Awaken the Soul,” by Rabbi Dov Singer. English edition of Israeli bestseller translated by Leah Hartman. Maggid Books. 2020. English. Hardcover. 292 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1592645374.

(Courtesy of Makor Chaim) Rabbi Dov Singer is a

Heichal HaTorah Talmid Yehuda Weiss Publishes Second Sefer

Highlighting: “Tavlaos Zeraim,” by Yehuda Weiss, 2020.

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

Truly Beautiful

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

Transitioning From Lone Soldier Army Mom to Civilian Mom

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

Positive Self Imaging

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