Thursday, May 23, 2019


‘Autism in Heels’ Is Dynamic

Reviewing: “Autism in Heels” by Jennifer Cook O’Toole. 2018. Skyhorse Publishers. Hardcover. 272 pages. English. ISBN-13: 978-1510732841

“Autism in Heels,” is about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is written by Jennifer Cook O’Toole. Jennifer is a brilliant

Master and Servant: It’s Electric

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

The Crimson Tide Is Turning: Harvard Undergraduate Council Subsidizes ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

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

Testing Your Smart Thermostat’s Shabbos IQ

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.

In Memory of Chazan Robert Frankel, z”l

Part 4

(Continued from last week)

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

Cleaning Man

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

Righteous Reading

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

Berrylicious Pizza & Yogurt Will Be Open for Passover

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 Visitor’s Center to Open on Chol Hamoed

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

Teaneck’s Yeshivas Bais Mordechai Launches Chesed Initiative

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, 

current CBY

Are Ashkenazic Jews Permitted to Have ‘Soft Matzah’ on Pesach?

The Question:

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

What Is the Meaning of ‘Va-Yinafash’? (Ex. 31:17)

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