Monday, September 23, 2019


BCHSJS: An Investment With Dividends

It is axiomatic, logical and obvious to all but the most die-hard secularists that a day-school education provides the best option for fostering Jewish continuity, observance, literacy and involvement. The sheer mathematics of spending 3–4 hours daily immersed in high-level Jewish studies for 8 to 12 years versus 3–4 hours weekly, if

Emor 5775: Servant Leadership

The description of the daily Temple service tradition teaches that the kohen on duty in the morning would cleanse the oil cups for the menorah, refill them, add in new wicks, and light them. When the Jewish people merited a miracle, one of the lamps would never extinguish and the kohen would remove it, clean the cup, add new oil, and return

My Colleague Ashim From Nepal

Usually I write all about tech and the great uses it has. But with my personal connection to one of my engineers in Nepal, I am stepping out of the tech arena this week and writing about the amazing people of Nepal and the unfortunate disaster that has occurred.

About four years ago,

Exclusive Interview With the Maccabeats

Just hearing “Maccabeats” brings a smile to the face of anyone who knows and loves the music of this uniquely creative, talented, and upbeat a capella musical group.

The Union, Hillside, and Elizabeth communities were treated to a spirited performance by the Maccabeats at the recent

Emor: The Omer Beard Olympics

The situation was definitely getting ugly. Or, if the situation itself wasn’t getting ugly, then at the very least the students were.

That was the scene confronting Rabbi Efraim Oppenheim at the Nachmanides High School on Lag Ba’omer. Just a little over a month earlier, before the start of Passover,

You Know You Are Getting Old When...

As each year passes, we are constantly reminded that we are getting older. I have to hope that not everyone ages the same way. Some of you will not be able to relate to anything that you are about to read. To you, I say, kudos! And then, I am sure, there will be some of you that will not be able to relate to what you are about to read

Fair Lawn’s Fire Marshal Advises on Safety and Halacha

The tragic fire in Brooklyn that killed seven children in the Sassoon family and left one child and their mother in critical condition shocked all of us in the Jewish community. We grieved over the loss of so many young souls, and felt their father’s pain at having to bury them before they had a chance at a future. Beyond that, we

The Fjord in the Backyard, the Tundra in the Front

Among other new and different charges that we now are getting used to is the appearance in our mailbox each month of a bill from United Water. In Montreal, water was included in our taxes. By the way, we paid almost one quarter the amount of property tax in Cote St. Luc than what we pay here.

Nina has

Healthcare Reform and You: Important Pointers for Everyone to Know

This time of the year has for long been associated with tax season, but now it has become a hot season for healthcare too.

Tax filing can mean that it’s time to pay that feared penalty for lacking “minimum essential coverage” during at least some part of 2014, as prescribed by the Affordable Care

How to Safeguard Children Jewishly While They Are Away at College

Editor's Note: In Wallace Greene's article "How to Safeguard Children Jewishly While They Are Away at College," published May 7, 2015, several paragraphs appeared in the article without attribution that should have been credited to

Teaneck to Montana: Highway 49 and the Vision Quest

Part III of III

“Don’t worry, guys, the meat was probably frozen all this time and was okay to eat. At least I hope so.”

Another restless night followed for our travelers. Except this time Jack was sleeping above the cab by himself, exiled in punishment for

Trial By Fire: Lag B’Omer

As soon as the Purim holiday ends, Israeli children start preparing for their next big day. It’s a different sort of holiday, one that “fires” their imaginations for weeks. Of course, we’re not talking about Passover here—what kid is going to get all excited by holiday preparations that chiefly call for the cleaning of one’s