Thursday, October 17, 2019


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

Tax Tips: What Are the Odds I Will Be Audited?

It’s every taxpayer’s worst nightmare—there’s a knock on the door one evening and you open the door. You see a figure in the shadowy night but can’t see his face. You notice a pocket protector and thick black glasses frames. As the light shines upon the figure, an extremely nerdy man comes into view, strikingly similar in

Observations From the Front Lines

Due to life changes, becoming a widow two years ago, I have entered the world of, well, I can’t say Internet dating, as I’ve had very few dates, but I’ll say dipping my toes into the cold waters of Internet dating possibilities. WOW! Has it ever been a bracing experience!

The particular site I’ve

“Dirshu Has Lost Its Moreh Derech, Its Omed Al Hamishmar”

Dirshu Mourns the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, Zt”l

When HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner [in 2006 at a Dirshu Kinyan Halacha test] saw the rows upon rows of avreichim being tested, he was visibly moved. In his short, heartfelt words to the test takers,

A Fair Lawn Boy With a Big Heart

Joseph Bernath helped his father Stuart collect funds to fight cystic fibrosis with the Knights of Pythias Cardozo Lodge’s annual fundraiser at Shoprite in Fair Lawn. As several men together were able to collect a few hundred dollars, Joseph, with his quick smile and enthusiasm, raised more than $400 on his own. The Knights of

Avoid the Summer Slide with Mathnasium’s Summer Math Program

Summer learning loss is a phenomenon parents and educators have long acknowledged as a significant setback to academic achievement. Math proficiency is particularly susceptible to the summer learning slide. Most students lose 2 to 2 1/2 months of the math computational skills that they learned during the school year.

Organized and Clutter Free: My Love Affair With Laundry

My love affair with laundry started when I was a child. I remember the smell of my mother’s steam iron as she pressed my father’s shirts in the basement of our home in Verona while we watched Saturday Night at the Movies. There was an air of calm and peace on those evenings, with the washer and/or dryer running in the

Achrei Mot/Kedoshim: Skateboarding Lessons

Achrei Mot/Kedoshim: Skateboarding Lessons

Vayikra: 16: 30, 19: 1-15

“We are in so much trouble.”

“I know. We are dead. Totally dead.”

“I can’t even believe that just

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