Thursday, October 17, 2019


The Sun in the Clouds

A series of events brought me to train as a chaplain in a local hospital. One does not need to be a priest or a rabbi to be a chaplain (contrary to what many believe), but one does need to want to help people on an emotional and/or spiritual level as they struggle with various challenges. In the hospital, I often respond to emergency cases,

Hate Crimes: US Lynches the Facts

Which racial or religious “hate crimes” do you choose to identify? And which do you not? That is a question with which the US government and wider society seem to be struggling. In the process, they are revealing far more about their own worldview than they can possibly intend.

Since the

The ‘New’ SAT

In my first two articles, I highlighted some of the changes to the Math portion of the new SAT, along with some sample problems. I have given this third article over to my Verbal co-teacher, Ann Brodsky, who has been with me for over 10 years and who will analyze the “new” Verbal section.

Hidden Truths

On September 11, 1978, the Bulgarian Secret Police, assisted by the KGB, murdered

Winter Be Gone...Poof!

I found it so strange that I got a summons sent to me by the town. Apparently, you are not allowed to build an igloo and then take up residence in it. I explained to the overly helpful people on the zoning board that it is not a permanent structure, it does not take up the coverage of land percentage, that it does have running

Walking the Tightrope of Life

Many of us struggle to achieve and maintain proper balance in our lives. We seek to succeed in the work arena while simultaneously being there for our families and loved ones. We have a strong sense of community and want to give back to those around us while also ensuring that we attend to our health/emotional/spiritual needs on a regular

Friendships: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em (or Fix ‘Em)

Dear Shuli,

I have a good friend who I have been friends with for many years. Over the past year or so, she’s been through a lot. She and her husband have separated and probably due to that, her son is now acting out and having a lot of trouble in school and socially. Every time we talk,

A Chat With the Maestro

He has performed for kings, queens and presidents. Over the decades he has racked up Grammy awards, Emmys and countless international accolades. Twenty years ago, he had already earned honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brandeis and Yeshiva Universities.

When you watch Itzhak Perlman joyously

The Grand Old Lady of Off-Broadway Celebrates 100 Years and Counting

The 100-year-old National Yiddishe Theatre-Folksbiene has roots going deep into the 19th century—reaching back across the Atlantic from the Yiddish theaters of Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side. In Europe, actors traipsed from country to country, from city to shtetl, to tell their

The Case for Yiddish

I grew up in a mixed marriage. My mother came from a religious Zionist home and my father from a secularist Bundist family. I spoke Yiddish with my father and learned Hebrew at school; my family kept Shabbes and kosher, and still attended klezmer and Yiddish folk arts festivals. Camp Ramah, KlezKamp, Young Israel synagogues and a

Integration Into Our Communities

Being a Jew in a modern community such as Teaneck or Fair Lawn or Livingston puts you in a unique but divisive position. On one hand, it’s important for you to be a part of your Jewish community—whether being a shul member, going to simchas and events, or just joining in with other People of the Book. On the other hand, there’s the

Women’s History Month: Eleanor and Esther

In a time where the role of women in society was restricting, Eleanor Roosevelt chose not to conform to conventional standards and went on to become one of the greatest political and moral leaders of her time.

Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of the beautiful debutante Rebecca Hall and

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