Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Timing Is Everything

The kohen, or priest, must examine a potential case of tzaras (what we wrongly translate as leprosy). Sometimes, the would-be metzora must wait days for a diagnosis. We live in a world of instant gratification and immediate response. A world where everything is tweeted and posted, often lacking context.

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein: A Personal Reminiscence

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, as I knew him, was not merely a giant of Torah, but also a giant of a man. He was a child prodigy—Rav Hillel Zaks, a grandson of the Chofetz Chaim and friend of Rav Aharon from Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, recounted that Rav Aharon stood uniquely above his peers even as a teenager. (In Yeshivas Chaim Berlin,

What Is Your Beloved From All Other Beloveds? Early Thoughts on the Passing of R. Aharon Lichtenstein z”l

R. Soloveitchik z”l (the teacher and father-in-law of mori ve-rabi R. Lichtenstein z”l) used those words from the fifth chapter of Shir haShirim to eulogize his uncle, R. Yitzchak Ze’ev Soloveitchik, a play on Tanach’s using dod, more commonly translated as uncle, as the word for beloved. But in

Tazria: Because God Loves Bald Men

Doctor Zorkner’s office was not at all what Jonathan had expected. Most doctors’ waiting areas had generic plastic seats or a couch and a few upholstered easy chairs. And of course they all had the required magazine rack, with the outdated copies of Time and Newsweek and the National Geographics from the Mesolithic Age. But with all of

Why is This Yom Hashoah Different From Every Other?

Several weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to travel to Poland. I walked on the very same land that the evil Nazis walked upon. I walked on the very land that millions of Jews once danced and lived happily upon. And I walked on the very same land where six million beautiful Jewish lives were taken away way too soon.

TABC Students Hear Tales of Terror and Sorrow

(photo at right by Dani Hagler)

It’s impossible to empathize with the tragic fate of six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Rosh Yeshiva told the students, parents, and faculty at TABC’s Yom Hashoah program, but when we hear the stories of individual families, we can

The Lessons Behind ‘Never Again’

Madison, NJ—Since the end of World War II, the phrase “never again” has been uttered countless times. On the surface, its meaning seems straightforward—never again should people allow atrocities such as those perpetrated during the Holocaust to occur. This mass genocide of

Kean University Hosts Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Union—Wilkins Theatre on the campus of Kean University filled quietly on the evening of Thursday, April 16, for the 2015 Holocaust commemoration. There was no noisy conversational buzz in the room, as guests awaited the start of the annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration, sponsored jointly by The Jewish

Rabbi JJ Schacter Speaks on 70th Anniversary of Buchenwald Liberation

Teaneck—The audience listened with rapt attention as Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. “JJ” Schacter described incidents about his father’s experiences as the first Jewish chaplain to enter Buchenwald after its liberation 70 years ago. Rav Schacter spoke at Congregation Rinat Yisrael on the combined occasions of the 70th anniversary of

Here Lies...

I have never attended a fun funeral. They always seem to be sad and rightfully so. Some are sadder than others, the stories too heartbreaking to mention, the lives cut way too short. Some are celebrations of a full life, a life filled with a wonderful marriage, children, grandchildren, and what I always consider to be the ultimate blessing,

“Watch” Out

The latest new gadget that’s been catching the attention of tech lovers and consumers everywhere is undoubtedly the Apple Watch. Announced by Apple last year and being released on April 24, the Watch is the company’s first new type of product since it created the iPad tablet. It’s also possibly their least practical;

Parenting Dilemmas: Handling Tough Questions

As we have just completed Yom Hashoah and move toward Yom Hazikaron, we are once again confronted by many tough questions. Watching videos and listening to difficult stories of survivors will inevitably evoke feelings of sadness, anger, shock, and disappointment. Even after many years of commemorating Yom Hashoah and studying the history of