Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Reached My Goal, But...

Dear Basya,

After months of hard work I have finally reached my goal weight. I am so thankful and so thrilled that all my efforts have paid off. Mixed with my joy, however, is shock at the comments that I have been getting from some of my friends. My friends have said things like “You are becoming

Outpouring of Ahavas HaTorah as More Than 22,000 Led by Gedolei Yisrael Celebrate Dirshu World Siyum in Newark

Accomplishments of Dirshu Lomdim hailed at three locations.

What a sight! The Sanzer Rebbe, shlita, from

Working on the Daf

Learning Torah is supposed to be enjoyable but it is more than that. We have the opportunity to rethink our

Celebrating Being a ‘Dirshu Family’ at World Siyum for Women in Newark Symphony Hall

“From where do you get your emunah? From where do you get such iron-clad bitachon? Please tell me, I need to know!”

The Execution of Alexander Karpov

Part 7

(Continued from January 23)

From the Yad Vashem database I found an article about Beriha and their postwar activities. Alexander was active in that organization helping Jews to get to Palestine. Since the Beriha was funded by the Jewish Joint Distribution

I’ll Sleep When I’m Home

If you have an eighth grader, then you’ve probably put some serious thought so far into where your son is going for high school, unless there’s one that you work in.

Of course, you want to send him to the school that’s right for him. But all things being equal, the big question is: Should

Schlepping Schlemiels

Not all Jews are schleppers and not all schleppers are Jews, but when it comes to schlepping, nobody does it better than Bnei Yisroel. If schlepping was an Olympic sport, Jews would win the gold every time. Then again, Jews also would be gold medalists if the Olympics featured cross-country pacheching and Greco-Roman noshing.

Do You Understand?

Most of Parshat Mishpatim is made up of exactly what the name of parsha indicates: laws. Mitzvot known as “mishpatim” are the type of mitzvot that we can understand. They work with logic and we often understand why these mitzvot were commanded. However, there exists another category of mitzvot, “chukim,” that generally don’t

Calling All Kids: The Book Meshuggenahs Launch ‘Chai-ku’ Writing Contest

My late mother, Sydell Rosenberg, was a New York teacher and a charter member of the Haiku Society of America in 1968. She studied and wrote haikus for decades. In 2018, I published her collection, H Is For Haiku. It was published by Penny Candy Books, and the National Council for Teachers of English selected it as a 2019 Notable

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