Sunday, September 22, 2019


Ninth-Grader Yehuda Weiss Publishes Sefer On Mishnayos Kodshim

Bergenfield’s Yehuda Weiss, a graduate of Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey who is about to begin ninth grade at Heichal HaTorah, has spent an incredible amount of time learning Mishnah over the past few years.

So much so, that at 14 years old, he has just now published his first-ever

Surviving and Thriving Without Screens

Camp Morasha’s new technology policy, which was introduced during this past summer season, was crafted with considerable uncertainty and hesitation. Having participated in numerous planning discussions, I will be the first to confess my own initial reluctance and doubt. To be clear, I fully recognize and appreciate the benefits

Body of Rabbi Dovid Traube, z”l, Found at Greenwood Lake

The body of Rabbi Dovid Zalman Traube, z”l, a 38-year-old father of seven from Monsey, New York, was found in Greenwood Lake in Orange County, New York.

Rabbi Traube had gone missing after attempting to rescue his 10-year-old son, who had fallen into the lake during a boating outing.

A Must-Listen-To Shiur on Kashrut in Israel

Finally we have an opportunity for some clarity on a murky topic that affects all of us at some time in our lives. For years and even decades, I (and many others) have been searching for some authoritative guidance about kashrut in Israel. We have all heard that the Israel kashrut scene is a complex issue surrounded by considerable

Return to Gan Eden

Parshat Ekev

This week’s haftarah, the second in the series of seven haftarot of consolation that follow Tisha B’Av (“sheva d’nechemta”), is taken from Sefer Yeshayahu (as are all of these haftarot of comfort), a selection from the 49th and 50th prakim of the book. In it, the navi

Counting Money: Speed Davening

“When praying the morning prayer, Baruch She’Amar, one should recite the words slowly, carefully, with intense feeling and joy, as if one were counting money.”

—Rabbi Yaakov of Emden

Speed davening. We read the words so quickly that we

A Tribute to My Twin, Adele Bodlander, z”l

Part II

In the last article, my readers witnessed the 17-year journey where my twin sister, Adele, and brother-in-law Dov transcended the greatest nisayon of their lives. In doing so they learned how individuals and a couple can fight with

Remembering an Amazing Lady

My grandmother, Esther Strong (Esther bat Shmuel) would have been turning 104 this December. While she passed away almost six years ago her legacy continues today both with her family and with everyone she touched. Many of what you will read in the article comes from stories/events that Grandma Esther told her children and

Brian Galbut, z”l, and Ikvesa DeMeshicha

Who was this man that when he was no longer conscious, it was the Daf that played by his bed? Who was this man that just a few months ago, following Maariv the night of Rosh Chodesh Adar, when everyone else turned to go home, he, despite being unable to articulate the words, launched into the tune for mi’shenichnas Adar marbim

To Find Your Balance, Grab On to the Daf: A Tribute to Rabbi Dr. Brian Galbut, z”l

(Editors’ Note: This article is being reprinted with permission from the author. We would also like to note that Rabbi Dr. Brian Galbut A”H had many close family and friends in our readership area. His wife, Adina, grew up in Teaneck and his in-laws, David and Marcia Jacobowitz, are longtime and active members of the Teaneck

Life Needs a Laugh Track

Have you ever heard someone tell a joke but you weren’t sure if it was over yet? Or maybe they said something that could have been funny or maybe it was serious? Let me give you an example. One Shabbos there was an aufruf in our shul. For those not of Ashkenazi descent, that’s when a groom gets called to the Torah the week

Teaneck’s Dr. Richard and Ellen Gertler to Realize Their Aliyah Dream

On September 24, Dr. Richard and Ellen Gertler will be boarding a designated Nefesh B’Nefesh flight to embark upon their new lives as olim chadashim. In Israel, they will be welcomed by two daughters and their families who reside in Beit Shemesh in close proximity to the apartment of which the Gertlers took ownership in January.