Monday, April 06, 2020


Pro-Israel Muslims Seek Alternative to Radical Islam as a Means for Peace

Jews around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Moham­mad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, “I am an Israeli and will remain an Israeli. Israel will re­main a Jewish and a democratic country.”

What few realized is that within days af­ter the video went viral, Israeli police

Where Synagogues Once Stood: A Tisha B’Av Exploration

Tisha B’Av the world over is observed through fasting, expressions of mourning, the reading of Megillas Eicha, and the recitation of the Kinos. In our times, at least, communi­ties and individuals have often supplement­ed these activities with additional experiences, hoping to create added meaning and relevan­cy to the commemorative day.

In the

A Summer’s Bat Mitzvah Chesed Project

Hi, my name is Elisheva Hermann. I am an incoming 7th grader at Yeshivat Noam and I just celebrated my bat mitzvah. I have two siblings: my older brother, Ezra, and my younger sister, Avital. Yes, that makes me a middle child, but I always like to do my own thing.

For my bat mitzvah, I did not want a typical bat mitzvah party with simcha

Intern Life

Staring at a screen for hours each day, for a large chunk of my summer! Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

Let me rephrase that a bit. Doing vital research and important computer work, helping out and learning some new skills in the process. Sounds much better, huh? Even if it’s mostly on a screen.

I’ve discovered the work world, as an intern

Boris Gulko: Master of The Game

Fair Lawn—Some games require participants to be physically fit, spending hours in the gym, lifting, stretching, etc. Then you have the game of chess. Accessible to everyone, young and old, tall and short, slim and chubby, the game is played everywhere, from cafes to parks. Anyone can play but not everyone can be a champion.

Boris Gulko of Fair Lawn

Parenting the Adult Child

Years ago I visited a friend, the mother of one of my son’s classmates, who had to go across the street to get something from her neighbor’s house and asked if I would mind going with her. I had already met the neighbor and was comfortable with that.

The neighbor had two children, both younger than our sons, who were, at the time, either in first or second

Say Cheese!

Oh my how times have changed. Televisions are now hanging on walls, Walkmans have turned into iPods, eight-track tapes have turned into thin air, cameras have turned into phones…the list is endless. When we went to sleepaway camp (and when I say “we” I am not referring to me because my one month in camp Hillel aka the longest month of my life, does not count) our

Gone Fishing

In today’s society, what with all these enormous kitchen appliances that serve essentially one function but need two people to get it into the cabinet, the litmus test to tell whether you really need any given item that you buy is to see how long it takes before you actually toivel it.

In our house, our kitchen-tool-buying process is as

Israel Under Attack: Preliminary Reflections

I have been in Israel for the past several days attending conferences on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem and at the Ghetto Fighter’s House, near Nahariya, all amidst the shelling.

Sirens go off in the morning and the evening and we face a decision of whether to hasten to the shelter or choose a windowless room and wait it out. My sister carries a blanket in the

The Ground that Gives Life

As I am sure you heard, on July 1st a funeral was held for the three kidnapped and murdered boys that was attended by some 200,000 people and an estimated 5,000,000 people who watched on TV and live on the Internet. There we were, doing what we unfortunately do best: saying Kaddish. Three more Jews had died al Kiddush Hashem and the ground

Stepping Over the “Wealth Threshhold” (Part 2)

Is the Wealth Gap an employment problem or a strategy problem?

The roots of the widening wealth gap in the United States reach back to the 1970s, when technology and global competition forced American corporations to reshape their workforces in order to remain competitive. As a result, many middle-class jobs have either migrated overseas or been replaced by

The Power of a Résumé: What Works and What Does Not

You may remember a few months ago when Manhattan College basketball coach Steve Masiello was found thrown into the spotlight for lying on his resume.  After applying for a position as a head coach for South Florida, the new college discovered that Masiello never graduated from University of Kentucky, as he indicated on his résumé.  Which leads us to the following