Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Bechukotay: Cursed

Vayikra: 26: 3-46

Frieda could always tell when one of Jason’s job interviews had gone badly. They lived in a fourth-floor walkup in an older section of Hoboken, and from their kitchen window you could see clear down to the bus stop on Washington Street. When things had gone well, Jason would come off

Hike of a Lifetime

I made aliyah going into 11th grade from Teaneck to Ma’ale Adumim at what people like to call “the impossible age,” 16 years old. I am currently doing Sheirut Leumi as a madricha in an Ulpana (girls’ high school) in Beit Shemesh, helping Olot Chadashot. I believe that although making aliyah is very challenging, it’s

Watch What You Say

Several days ago we were in Costco. Yes, we were members in Montreal as well. Part of our mission for that day was to buy several packages of cold cuts. As Nina picked up a package of corned beef she noticed that the date on the package had expired. She then picked up a package of turkey and that package as well was very close to the expiry

Prosper From Those Who’ve Lived Long

If Star Trek were real and Spock were alive today, he might expound upon his famous salutation (“Live long and prosper”) by stating the benefits of living a long life. He might declare that living a long life is not only good in and of itself, but also because living a long life means we’ve accumulated much knowledge and,

Positive Psychology and Torah Wisdom:

Combating Anxiety and Depression—Part I

Last month, I had the privilege of listening to Rachelle Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali, one of the three boys kidnapped and brutally murdered by Hamas this past summer. Mrs. Fraenkel is a master teacher and Torah scholar. The courage, emunah,

Bespoke Barbers: Kosher Cuts, and More Than Just a Haircut

Andre “Dre” Perrin, owner of Bespoke Barbers, has been cutting hair in the Teaneck area for over 20 years. His new shop, Bespoke, had its official grand opening May 3.

Perrin first learned to cut hair when he was 13. “My friend was the neighborhood barber. I loved the way he could

Another Day, Another Scam

My heart almost stopped when I saw it on Facebook. Someone had posted and tagged a bunch of his friends, saying: “Fox Breaking News—16 people are confirmed dead in a roller coaster accident that occurred at Universal Studios in Florida. The roller coaster appeared to have suffered a mechanical breakdown, causing it to veer off the

Check Out The Business Magnet!

A year has passed and The Business Magnet takes its success to the next level in 2015 in Teaneck/Passaic, as it has in so many other communities. The Business Magnet has revolutionized the way the communities interact with the businesses within them. For the minimal investment of $75, your business is represented in a beautiful and

JFS MetroWest RSVP Program Provides Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adults

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Center of Essex and Hudson Counties (RSVP), Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, matches volunteers with many local causes. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55+. Volunteers choose where to serve, how much time to give, and whether they

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Researchers Receive Grant for Robotic Project to Assist the Elderly

Beer Sheva, Israel—Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers received a grant for a project to advance assistive robotics that will help the elderly complete everyday tasks.

The goal of the project, “Follow Me: Proxemics and Responsiveness for Following Tasks in Adaptive Assistive

‘Tuesdays in Suspenders’ Senior Discounts in Israel—Suspenders: Optional, Fun: Mandatory

Jerusalem—In a world of active senior citizens, where crafts workshops, group activities and 50-percent discounts are common, Israel initially seems to stand out in its treatment of retirees. With a well-known stereotype of pensioners sitting outside of cafes, smoking and complaining about nearly everything under the sun, it’s

Retire in Israel: It’s Not As Crazy As You Think

Bloomberg.com’s website lists Israel at number 19 as a recommended place to retire. “The widespread use of English, abundant kosher food, and a warm climate, make Israel a natural draw for affluent Jews from the West.” According to Wikipedia, 84 percent of Israelis speak English, but for only less than 6 percent it’s their first