Monday, February 24, 2020


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

Teach Coalition Launches ‘Get Out the Vote’ Video Contest

Jewish students across U.S. encouraged to create short videos highlighting the importance of voting.

(Courtesy of Teach Coalition) Teach Coalition has launched a nationwide competition for 11th and 12th grade Jewish day school students to create and submit a short video emphasizing

New Dating Site Connects Camp HASC Alumni, Ba’alei Chesed

If there is one common characteristic among all current and former Camp HASC counselors, it’s that they all derive more pleasure from giving to others than receiving.

Eitan Hochster, a former Camp HASC counselor, understands his fellow alumni’s penchant for chesed, and was looking for a way to

Starting an Amazon Business in Israel

(Courtesy of OJCC) Everyone loves the notion of living in Eretz Yisrael but…well…earning a proper parnassah there is tough. The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce is about to change that perception once and for all.

Over the past decade, the Chamber has been at the forefront of introducing and