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Monday, February 24, 2020

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Moments of Hashgacha Pratit in Teaneck

Editor’s note: We put out a call requesting stories of private chesed, in anticipation of creating a feature about these small beautiful moments of kindness, planned or unplanned, that we often hear about, for which people generally do not seek publicity. We were prepared to change names and protect anonymity. But then we received this

Politics, Diplomacy and Redeeming Captives in Israel

Last week, a 27-year-old dual American-Israeli citizen, Na’ama Issachar, came home to Israel after ending a 10-month catastrophe where she was thrust into, and a victim of, Russia’s intertwined judicial and political system. Issachar was arrested during a layover in Moscow, flying on Aeroflot from India to Israel. Aeroflot has become

Why Is Western Europe So Hostile to the State of Israel?

The decision by the European court of justice that “Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the state of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin” has angered Jews throughout the world. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global social action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Benjamin

Sticking to Your Diet at Simchas

Dear Basya,

I have so many Simchas coming up in the next few weeks, and I’m going to be away for the next two Shabbosim. I find staying on plan on Shabbos difficult enough as it is, but when I go away, with all the catered food and extra desserts, I really struggle. Can you help??

The Return of the Golem

Part 3: The Conclusion

As the weeks went by, with the ascendancy of the Know Nothing party in northern New Jersey, matters began to take a turn for the worse for Reb Nachman and the other vinegar men. One of the farmers, Ed Brinkerhoff, attended a meeting of the party in Paterson, where delegates

Safe Relationship Talks, From the Start

“Look both ways. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t go near the water without an adult.”

Parents know these phrases well and will repeat them as often as it takes to be sure their children stay safe. But when it comes to talking about sexual assault and abuse, many parents of young

NJ Radio Host Celebrates 25 Years on Air—With a Party in Israel

For Josh Shron, popular Israeli music offers more than just a good beat. It’s a great way for American Jews to feel closer to Israel, he said.

“Growing up in New Jersey, Israeli music was never on my radar screen,” Shron said. “My Hebrew was so-so, and I listened to American pop. But

Queens Networking Event of The Year Set for This Wednesday

You stood in front of the mirror and planned your 30-second elevator pitch and you now find yourself a bit nervous opening the networking event’s doors. You feel your heart begin to beat a tad faster and the allure you worked so hard to build up suddenly dissipates. You step back for a moment and attempt to lock eyes

Ten Tips to Prepare for Your Professional-School Interview Day

Congratulations! You have received letters of recommendation, completed your personal statement, submitted your application and have been invited for an interview to professional school. It is now getting real and is in your hands as to how the interview goes. As Simba said, “Be prepared!” What will set you apart from other candidates

THE HEBREW STUDIO

אולפן עברית

Learn the words in Hebrew to figure out the joke below:

Solution:

Bazooka Joe ordered soup in the restaurant but the soup did not taste good. He complained to the waiter that it had a “funny taste,” (which is the polite Israeli expression to say it’s

Are My In-Laws Unfair With Their Money?

Dear Dr. Chani,

I am writing to you because I am impressed with the advice you have given in your column. It is very balanced and thought-out. I am interested in your take on my challenge with my in-laws. Over the last four years, I have become increasingly resentful towards my wife’s parents. They are

Sometimes a Little Irreverence Is a Good Thing: Ashley Blaker’s ‘Goy Friendly’

Prepare yourself for 90 minutes of unrelenting, side-splitting laughter. Ashley Blaker may be slight of build, but he is a giant in terms of his facility with the English language. Using double entendre and clever word play steeped in humor, he ably crafts a show around Orthodox Jewish practices and highlights for his audiences the