Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Frum and Female: The Tzniut Performing Arts

Bergenfield—A few weeks ago in The Jewish Week, Elli Fisher wrote an article about how unfortunate it is that Orthodox Jewish men avoid the performing arts areas, but he never mentioned anything about Jewish women and girls. Women and girls have a lot of halachot that they have to follow that keep them from the

Gender Issues in Jewish Education (Part I)

As often happens in communities with a right-of-center influx of families, a local day school decided on separate classes for boys and girls starting in first grade. There was only one girl in one particular grade so she was asked to leave the school, winding up in public school. Fortunately she was “saved” by NCSY, but the revulsion at

We Want the Cup

Before I begin, let me share with you the following. I know that I am a little/maybe more than a little nuts.

I know that I have problems accepting people, flaws and all. I know that my editing mechanism has taken a turn for the worse these past few years. Let me tell you this. When it comes to

Feeling Blue, in the Biblical Sense: Return of Tekhelet Dye Revives Lost Mitzvah

One wouldn’t expect to find hundreds of snails in a landlocked town like Kfar Adumim, situated in the desert east of Jerusalem. Yet there they are, albeit mostly reduced to powder, having been shipped in from the Adriatic Sea for a purpose as old as the Torah itself.

Millions of Jews

Is Anyone NOT Stressed About Pesach?

Dear Shuli,

Pesach is almost here and I’m so stressed out. There’s so much to do and this is my first time making Pesach. I wish I could go away but it’s just not going to work this year. What do I do? Why can’t I just go away???

From the Spirit of Tottoo

It’s that Tottoo Grandma. Distinguishing between his two grandmothers, that was how my eldest son Judd announced that it was my mother on the phone when he answered as a young toddler. He named her Tottoo because she called him Tatella…Yiddish for “little man.” My children were privileged to develop a

Planning Your Simcha Backwards Ensures a Joyful Outcome

Planning a simcha for our children should be one of life’s greatest joys. Reaching those milestones in life and being able to share it with your friends and family are the moments that you will always remember. A wedding and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah are the two most celebrated events in our lives. But of course, with every joyful

Etiquette Tips for Hosting a Party

Whether this is your first time hosting a holiday event or you’ve been doing it for years, picking up a few tips on proper etiquette can’t hurt. Everyone knows that some things should be avoided, while others should definitely be included. Learning what they are could improve your hosting skills enough to make your parties even more enjoyable. In fact, one

The Rav Hakolel

Rabbi Yonah Landau visits Anshei Lubavitch in Fair Lawn to talk about his book The Rav Hakolel and his generation. The book is a gripping biography about Rav Yaakov Yosef, chief Rabbi of New York 1888-1902 and his battles for Yiddishkeit at the turn of the century.

Englewood Community Remembers Rabbi Chanan Jacobson

Englewood—Rabbi Chanan (Clive) Jacobson could be found wherever, and whenever, something in the community needed to be done. One of his many acts of chessed was to learn Mishnayos with an avel (mourner) and make a siyyum. Now it is Englewood’s turn to learn in his memory. Congregation Ahavath Torah has begun a community-wide

Gedolim Address First Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum Dirshu Shabbos, a Shabbos of Olam Habaah

“A unique koach of Dirshu is that it not only gives a person Olam Habaah, it also gives a person phenomenal Olam Hazeh!” These were the powerful words of HaGaon HaRav Yechiel Michel Steinmetz, shlita, Skverer Dayan of Boro Park who encapsulated the feelings

Eating Out During Pesach: Ashkenazim at the Homes of Sephardim

Jewish communities throughout the world and especially in Israel have been blessed in recent decades to have Sephardim and Ashkenazim living in the same communities. There is even a high percentage of marriages between Sephardim and Ashkenazim leading to a variety of questions dealing with the variations in their Halachic practices. One