Sunday, November 17, 2019


Acts of Kindness Should Be Recognized

Most of us give little thought to random acts that we take for granted. Rarely are workers in stores noticed for the menial jobs that they do. We were watching the men who were shlepping large boxes of fruits and vegetables around the farmer’s market. We can all be sure that they are not being paid more than minimum wage, if

The Spirit of Otniel

Highlighting: “Be, Become, Bless,” By Rabbi Yaakov Nagen. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2019. Paperback. 350 pages. English. ISBN-13: 978-1592645275.

“Be, Become, Bless: Jewish Spirituality between East and West” (Maggid, 2019) has reached the bookstores, and now the philosophy

One Book, Three Parts: Greco Roman Rulers and the Jews

Reviewing: “The Emperors and the Jews,” by Ari Lieberman, Mosaica Press, 2019.

This book is actually comprised of three different parts that are seamlessly woven together to present one picture: Firstly, it profiles important Greek and Roman rulers from the perspective of secular

A Few Books I Enjoyed During Sukkot

Sukkot is called zman simchatenu. There were several books I was able to read that certainly added to that simcha.

The first of my reads this Yom Tov was “Judaism Reclaimed: Philosophy and Theology in the Torah,” by Rabbi Shmuel Phillips (Press. 2019.

Lessons I Learned From Living in Squirrel Hill

I really had no idea what was in store for me. It was last fall and I was on the tail end of a long drive from Teaneck to Pittsburgh. I was looking forward to my internship in “child life” at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I was planning to spend several months living in

Helping Children Affected by Hurricane Dorian’s Devastation

We’re all familiar with the phrase tikkun olam, acts of kindness to repair the world, but how many of us actually put the concept into action?

Hurricane Dorian may have missed Bergen County, but a number of islands in the Bahamas, including Grand Bahama and Abaco,

Thurnauer School of Music at Kaplen JCC Announces Auditions For Cello Master Class

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) The Thurnauer School of Music invites pre-college students from New Jersey to audition for its master class featuring cellist Philippe Muller, former professor at the Paris Conservatory and faculty member at Manhattan School of Music. Auditions for participation in the class will be held on Sunday, December

Kaplen JCC Plans Concert To Celebrate Vladimir Zaslavsky

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the JCC Thurnauer School of Music will present “A Musical Celebration of Vladimir Zaslavsky,” who is the longtime owner of Forte Piano of Paramus. The concert will feature classical and jazz music performed by pianists Steven Masi and Dean Tomanelli, jazz violinist

JCC MetroWest to Present All-Female Art Exhibits

Galleries to feature works by Mozelle Forman, Lizzy Synalovski and Jennifer Levine.

(Courtesy of JCC MetroWest) JCC MetroWest will present an all-female slate of art exhibits this November and December, including works by 2019 Gaelen Juried Art Show winners Mozelle Forman and Lizzy Synalovski,

Chai Lifeline Helps Families Across the Globe Prepare For the Yomim Tovim

(Courtesy of Chai Lifeline) Chai Lifeline welcomed in the Jewish New Year by helping families living with pediatric illness prepare for the Yomim Tovim through a variety of programs and services.

Last month, Chai Lifeline regions from coast to coast organized a variety of

The ‘Great Arab Revolt’ Failed to Materialize

Part V

 The “Great Arab Revolt” failed to materialize in any significant way because Hussein failed to command widespread support, noted Efraim Karsh and Inari Karsh. Many understood that Hussein was not attempting to oust the Ottomans for the good of his people, but to replace the

The Best Book Yet on Parenting Screen-Addicted Kids

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’

For what it’s worth, I’m a techno skeptic. Until four months ago, I owned a flip phone and endured the inconvenience of not being able to receive texts that included apostrophes. Then my four-year-old, Theo,