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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Yachad Run at Camp Mesorah Named For Passaic’s Chani Rubin

How do you remember someone whose presence is deeply missed by so many people? You start with the things she loved. Chani Rubin, z”l, a 30-year-old woman from Passaic with special needs, who passed away at the end of last summer, loved Camp Mesorah and being part of the Yachad Vocational

The New Generation’s Weapon Against Political Bias? Education

With the topic of Israel appearing to have fallen through the cracks of the Democratic platform, Democratic presidential hopefuls are losing support from single-issue Israel voters in general and younger Israel supporters in particular. It used to be that younger voters, and pre-voters, were typically Democrats, oftentimes changing

We’re Going to Camp Like Everyone Else

A heartwarming scene as children board busses en-route to Camp HASC.

June 27, in Brooklyn, the buses turn down the narrow 55th street, their steel frames glistening in the sunlight. At the corner, a man in a short beard, radio clipped to his hip, waves them onward. The time, 9 a.m. The

Thoughts on the Brand-New ArtScroll Sephardic Siddur

Sephardim Are on the Map

It is quite an event to have ArtScroll print, for the first time, a Sephardic siddur. There has been quite a buzz about this in the English-speaking Sephardic world as it is quite the event. It certainly marks the Sephardic community as having established itself in

Blind Faith

I love getting feedback from my readers. It gives me encouragement to keep writing when I hear that something I wrote resonates with them. Sometimes, however, I get something much better. They tell me that I’m not unique.

Not in so many words, of course, but when they share with me their own

It Is God’s Choice, Not Ours

Parashat Chukat

The eleventh perek in Sefer Shoftim relates to us the story of Yiftach HaGiladi, a person rejected by his family who eventually becomes the shofet, the leader and the warrior who saves Israel from her enemy, B’nai Ammon. The connection to our parsha is rather clear as Yiftach,

It Is God’s Choice, Not Ours

Parashat Chukat

The eleventh perek in Sefer Shoftim relates to us the story of Yiftach HaGiladi, a person rejected by his family who eventually becomes the shofet, the leader and the warrior who saves Israel from her enemy, B’nai Ammon. The connection to our parsha is rather clear as Yiftach,

Italian Idyll III: Giampaolo Franceschetti and the White Meat ‘Tarkay’

When Americans travel abroad, one of the greatest adjustments they may have to make is to the food they will be served away from home. Italian cuisine proved not much of a challenge to the Rabinowitzes last summer, perhaps because, worldwide, kosher food is quite similar. That is not to say everything went seamlessly when

Shedding Light on Maimonides’ Letters

Reviewing: “Maimonides’ Grand Epistle to the Scholars of Lunel,” by Charles Sheer. Academic Studies Press. 2019. English. Paperback. 100 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1618119612.

One of the most interesting chapters in the life of Maimonides in Egypt is his correspondence with the sages of

Placing the Birth of Israel in Its Geo-Political and Historical Context

Reviewing: “Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948,” by Professor Monty Penkower. Touro University Press. 2019. English. Paperback. 358 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1618118745.

This year, Monty Noam Penkower, professor emeritus of Jewish History at the Machon Lander Graduate School of

Coping With Loneliness

Reviewing: “On My Own…But Not Alone,” by Ahava Ehrenpreis. Mesorah Publications. Shaar Press, Artscroll. 2019. English. Hardcover. 320 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1422623312.

We often see the widow who lives in the house on the corner as she goes out to shop; the divorcee with three little boys

Walking in the Steps of Our Prophets

This past week I was in Israel for a friends son’s bar mitzvah, and to get my necessary spiritual fix. As with just about every trip to Israel that I take, there are those “just in Israel” moments. While this experience may not have been the “open miracle” magnitude that I have seen in the past, it did