“Autism in Heels,” is about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is written by Jennifer Cook O’Toole. Jennifer is a brilliant
It is often considered an established fact that the purpose of technology is to make our lives easier. But nothing is ever that simple for Jews, especially traditional Jews. In some ways, technology can make our lives so much harder. One example ended up becoming a literal federal case in New Jersey. A housing association, in the
I was actually excited to attend my landmark college reunion this spring, to reconnect with cherished friends and reminisce over one of the sweetest and most fulfilling periods of my life. I had begun spending stolen moments lingering over photographs, depicting a younger me and my multicultural gaggle of friends trying to forge
There are several popular smart thermostats on the market, and the competition is heating up. Honeywell, Nest and Ecobee are among the most popular devices. Each brand and model must be looked at through the lens of a shomer Shabbos consumer to see if there are issues that need to be addressed for Shabbos use.
An acquaintance, who once visited in Washington Heights over Shabbat and came to Breuer’s on Friday night, commented to me that he had never seen a chazan work so hard. He was referring to Lechu Neranena and
The cleaning lady came in today. We don’t actually have a cleaning lady, so it’s a little weird.
Okay, it’s not so weird. We’re making a bar mitzvah, and someone suggested we get help. She even lent us her cleaning lady, because that’s something you can do with human beings. Lend
During the Passover seder, many Jews read the Haggadah by committee, going around the table as each participant reads a paragraph or two. It is not unlike a relay race, as one reader passes the proverbial baton to the next. It is an effective way to increase participation and maintain interest, at least until the meal is
What’s better than a fresh, hot pizza right out of the oven? Only a fresh hot chametz-free pizza right out of the oven on Chol Hamoed Pesach. Berrylicious Pizza & Yogurt, 439 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, will be open Erev Pesach and during Chol Hamoed serving large and personal pies (no toppings) with a special non-gebrokts
Tura Winery, located in the pastoral Central Mountains of Israel, prides itself on its excellent wines produced by the finest soil in the Holy Land. Husband and wife Vered and Erez Ben Sa’adon started the successful winery in 2003 and have put every once of their energy into promoting the wine and cultivating the
It isn’t often that I have meetings at the back of the local yeshiva in Teaneck and am able to bear witness to and participate in the birth of a new chesed initiative. Allow me to explain.
A few weeks ago, longtime chazzan, singer, friend,
I recall hearing for the first time the exciting news that my beloved rav, Rav Hershel Schachter, rules that it is permissible for Ashkenazic Jews to use soft matzah made by Yemenite Jews on Pesach. However, I was also informed that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach did not agree. Many
In our Kiddush every Shabbat morning we recite the following phrase from Ex. 31:17: “For six days God created the heaven and the earth and on the seventh day shavat va-yanifash.” We know the meaning of “shavat.” But what is the meaning of that last word?
At the outset, I have to point