Monday, February 24, 2020


Small Miracles

Miracles play a large role in the story of Bnei Yisrael being freed from Mitzrayim. They first appear when Moshe announces Hashem’s plan to take Bnei Yisrael out. He turns his staff into a snake and then back to a staff again as well as causing tzara’at to magically appear and disappear on his hand. Each of the makkot was miraculous,

Taking a Lesson From Dr. King: Divisive Attacks Have No Place in Government

As those on Teaneck’s active town-related social media sites may already know, I was recently sent a screenshot of divisive comments made about me and others in a private group chat. The poster stated that five specific members of the Teaneck Town Council were not present at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event that was held last

Homeschool Your Child With Zimlo Academy

(Courtesy of Zimlo Academy) Zimlo Academy is a homeschool hybrid for Jewish girls ages 6-10.

The program launched this school year, with four students, and hopes to expand by four more in the coming year.

Classes are held in Paramus, at the homes of founding parents

Shevet Levi and (L’Havdil) The San Francisco 49ers

American football fans are all abuzz about the dramatic transformation made by the San Francisco 49ers. In 2018 they were at best a struggling mediocre team, and in 2019 they are NFC champions heading for the Super Bowl this coming Sunday.

L’havdil, we find in the most recent parshiyot a dramatic

Brachot 29

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat David Mordechai, sheyichye.

 You prayed Tefillat Haderech and the words were not coming out clearly. Should you cancel the trip?

Our daf introduces the

What Is the Meaning of ‘Mitzrayim’?

The name “Mitzrayim” raises three questions: 

1) Did the ancient Egyptians use this name as well?
2) Why the plural-style ending in the name?
3) Can we figure out what the name means?

As to the first question, this was not the name used by the

Same Story, Different Message

Parashat Bo

The two prophets, Yirmiyahu and Yechezkel, were contemporaries of each other, active before and after the destruction of Bayit Rishon, the First Temple. Although living at the same time, they did not live in the same place. Yirmiyahu lived in Eretz Yisrael, while the younger Yechezkel

Mindfulness Is for Everyone

If you were to enter a SINAI classroom at Ma’ayanot at 9:10 a.m. on any given day, you would find our students practicing mindfulness, a form of meditation that has been embraced by the special education community but benefits students of all abilities. The goal of mindfulness is to enhance a person’s ability to focus on his or

Torah, History and Rabbi Rakeffet’s Worldwide Cyber-Classroom

Highlighting: “Rakafot Aharon, Volume 4,” by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, edited by Rabbi Dr. Yaakov S. Weinstein, published by Shvut Ami, 344 pages, 2019.

In advance of Yeshiva University’s SOY Seforim Sale, I’d like to offer a bit of a confession, an apology and an

The Life of Sultan Saladin

Reviewing: “The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin,” by Jonathan Phillips. Yale University Press. 2019. Hardcover. 520 pages. English. ISBN-13: 978-0300247060.

In the introduction to his book, Jonathan Phillips, a professor of the history of the Crusades at Royal Holloway, University of

Hazon: ‘Speak for the Trees’ This Tu B’Shvat

New Tu B’Shevat Haggadah stresses sustainable reforestation.

(Courtesy of Hazon) Hazon, the Jewish Lab for Sustainability, has released its Tu B’Shevat Haggadah for 2020 along with holiday information, tips and resources for hosting a sustainable Tu B’Shevat seder. The Haggadah encourages

How Can I Be Happily Married...Ever After?

Dear Dr. Chani,

I have been holding back a secret from everyone I know. I decided to share it with you so that maybe you could help me. I got married around 15 months ago to a wonderful man. He is sweet, loving and very supportive of me. I know I should be so thankful to be married to a man who accepts