Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Opposition to Cell Phones in Class: Is It a Good Idea?

The issue of cell phones has generated much discussion of late. Most of the arguments (including by this writer) have been opposed to cell phones in school for many valid reasons. Cyberbullying, Googling test answers, taking a picture of a quiz and sending it to friends who have the same class later in the day, paying more

Begin Again (and Again)

So as I sit down to write this, we are on the verge of a new beginning with Parshat Bereishit close by on the horizon. My editors are urging me to be ready so they can prepare it for publication despite a busy Yom Tov season. By the time you read this, it may well be Parshat Bereishit or beyond, but exactly when you read it


Part 1

In my original presentation of “My Stories,” I wrote about my volunteering with various organizations during my lifetime. I wrote about the facts but I never mentioned what was behind in my thoughts when I started volunteering at an early age.

Amongst Friends

I have long wanted to visit the West Bank and Gaza, both places that are important for the future of Israel and the entire region. If I could travel there, I felt, I would be able to better understand the Palestinian experience and hopefully be an interpreter of that experience for my Jewish friends—though not necessarily to

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve Offers Easy Hiking Close to Home

This short, level hike loops around a lake in the nearby borough of Franklin Lakes. Formerly known as the Haledon Reservoir, the lake once served as the water supply for the adjacent communities of Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park. The 75-acre lake and the surrounding land was acquired by

Tech on Vacation, Revisited

Even though I am an IT guy and my family loves tech just as much, the best part of our vacation is unplugging. Just last week one of engineers was flying and was happy that the airline gives free WiFi. I kind of wish that wasn’t the case.

I don’t fly much, but when I do I hope to catch up on

A Stiff-Necked People

This week’s column is about stiff necks. Nothing to do with the fact that many of us slept in the sukkah last week.

Stiff necks are a real pain in the neck. (Ouch.) And they always strike without warning. They just sneak up behind you—often while you’re sleeping—and before you can turn

What Happens If You Soak A Tutu in the Dead Sea?

Called the “Salt Sea” in Hebrew, and not really a sea at all but a lake, the Dead Sea is the lowest continental surface on Earth. People visit it for its healing powers and companies use its water for makeup and cleaning products.

But Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has been

How Technology is Affecting the Insurance Industry

There’s no doubt about it: technology has completely transformed every facet of life. We live and breathe this in our everyday experience. Whether we’re tracking bus stops in live time, purchasing train tickets through an app, ordering online through the command of our voice assistant, or watching the stock market drop

 Used Car Buying Tips for Your Teen Driver

Remember those nights when your little one kept you up every hour with their non-stop crying? You begged, pleaded, and bargained for even a single minute of sleep. Well, those endless nights are over, and your little one is all grown up and becoming more independent. Now, all you wish is for them to be that cute and

Heavenly Winks: When Hashem Carried Us Through

Editor’s note: The following has been adapted from a speech Bin Goldman gave at his son Shimon’s seudat hoda’ah (meal of thanksgiving), last week.

During the last days of his terminal cancer, Rav Aaron Kotler’s wife tried to comfort him, saying “Es vet zein

Sukkot Silliness

The holiday of Sukkot has at least two names. The first, Sukkot, is typically translated as Festival of Tabernacles, a reference to the little structures we build. In this regard, other appropriate names might include the Holiday of Huts, the Festival of Phone-booths or the Tent Revival.