Sunday, November 17, 2019


Black Box PAC Proudly Presents ‘Fuddy Meers’

(Courtesy of Black Box) The Black Box Performing Arts Center, now located on Palisade Ave in downtown Englewood, is pleased to announce the first main stage show in its new space: David Lindsay-Abaire’s award winning play, “Fuddy Meers!”

“Fuddy Meers” tells the story of Claire, who has

Practical Applications

It’s time once again to talk about the annual Ig Nobel Prizes—a spoof of the Nobel Prizes that celebrates people who are advanced in the scientific field of getting someone to fund ridiculous studies. And every year we laugh. But a lot of people ask, “What’s the point of these studies? Are there any practical

Freilich Fluency

Many parents who send their children to a Jewish school or after-school program naively believe that their children will automatically learn to speak Hebrew. Of course, the reality is that far too few students in the United States achieve Hebrew fluency. Other than ordering falafel or asking to use the restroom, many students

Do Dogs Go to the Office Every Day in Tel Aviv?

In a city that has the world’s highest per-capita ratio of pet dogs to people (1:17), Mona is one of many pooches that accompany their “pawrents” to work at high-tech firms. And increasingly, companies that host these hounds are posting the dogs’ photos on their corporate social media pages and even creating separate

Same Difference

Jeanie and Lily were twin sisters and best friends. They shared a room, clothing, friends and just about everything else. They went to the same school (of course) and were often in the same class (although some teachers had a hard time telling them apart). As far as their personalities were concerned, both Jeanie and Lily were

Going Out of His Way

Jake and Brian were in Mike’s backyard having a catch with a frisbee. Considering that Jake was a national frisbee champ, sometimes his arm got the best of him. This afternoon, Jake launched a throw that crossed the backyard, cleared Mike’s fence, cleared the neighbor’s fence, and landed on the sidewalk around the corner. The

Mandate Passes to Gantz; All Eyes on Mandelblit

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began the process of trying to form a government 28 days ago, he had 55 Knesset seats supporting him—32 from his Likud Party, nine from Shas, eight from United Torah Judaism and six from Jewish Home/New Right. When he announced earlier this week that he was returning his

The Lulav Jews: Rediscovering Pride in Modern Orthodoxy

Editor’s note: We received this commentary by Rabbi Mischel during our week off for Chol Hamoed. Even though Sukkot is over for this year, we find the thoughts he shares relevant and timeless.

Orthodox Lite?

For as long as I can remember, anxious

The Crucial Role of Rav Ovadia Hedaya in Sephardic Life

Even most Sephardic Jews have not heard of Rav Ovadia Hedaya. Yet, Chacham Hedaya played and continues to play a crucial role in Sephardic life.

Typical Gadol Stories

At first glance, Rav Hedaya seems to a typical “gadol,” great Torah scholar. The major

The Song of Nature

The Song of Nature

Parshat Bereishit

The connection of this selection to our parsha of Bereishit seems rather obvious. The opening words of this selection describe God as the “boreh hashamayim v’note’eihem, He Who creates the heavens and Who

The Longevity of the Ancients Recorded in Genesis

We all wonder about those long lifespans recorded at the beginning of Genesis. For example, we are told that Adam lived 930 years, that Shet lived 912 years, and that Metushelach lived 969 years. How have Jewish sources understood these numbers over the centuries?

The first Jewish source to

Is Vulnerability a Bad Thing?

One of the central actions of Yom Kippur is to admit wrongdoing as a way of achieving atonement. As we pray we detail a long list of misdeeds, including misuse of speech, mistreatment of others, and abuse of authority and power. In prayer after prayer we bend our backs and beat our chests, listing sin upon sin in hope of attaining