Friday, May 24, 2019


The New York Times Has No Place in Our Homes

On Wednesday morning, May 1, a couple of hours after returning home from a glorious Passover in Israel, my wife and I called The New York Times and explained to a very respectful representative why we wanted to end 60 years of on-and-off home delivery of the paper.

We told him that the cartoon

Explaining the Tel Dan Stele to an Orthodox Museum Docent

The Religious Significance of the Tel Dan Stele

It was an exciting part of our family’s Israel trip for Binyamin’s bar mitzvah in 2012. A relative who serves as a docent at Jerusalem’s venerated Israel Museum generously offered our family a guided tour of the Biblical- and Talmudic-era

Famed Author Herman Wouk, z”l, Leaves a Majestic Legacy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk died on May 17, just 10 days before his 104th birthday. His literary agent, Amy Rennert, said he passed away in his sleep at his home in Palm Springs, California, where he settled after living for many years in Washington, D.C.

Wouk’s two dozen works

What Is the Meaning of the Word ‘Yovel’?

At Lev. 25:10 we are told: “[This year] shall be a ‘yovel’ to you. You will each return to your land….” What is the meaning of this word “yovel”?

Rashi notes that at Lev. 25:9 there is a statement that the shofar is blown to proclaim the “yovel” year. He concludes that the year

A Prophecy for Our Time

Parshat Behar

The navi Yirmiyahu has been referred to as the “prophet of doom,” the seer who was vilified by many of his contemporaries for his constant rebuke of the sinful nation and for his predictions of the approaching catastrophe. He was the tragic figure who was fated to live

Bechorot 29

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h, and Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat Reb David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Bechorot 29. These are some highlights.


Making the Case for Mentorship: Part I

(This article was originally posted on eJewishPhilanthropy.com— https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/making-the-case-for-mentorship/)

I could not get out of the car.

It was a bright,

It’s What’s Inside That Matters

One could have had three or four breakfasts this past Sunday and then moved onto several brunches and lunches and finished the day with other types of activities that also included some type of repast. Nina’s mother always said that one cannot “tantz oif alle simchas,” but this community seems to think that most living here

Amb. Dennis Ross Speaks in Paramus

The fourth annual Harold Lerman Fund Program was held at the JCC Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikveh on May 12. The event, which honors the memory of the long-time member and program namesake, an ardent and outspoken Zionist, each year features a notable expert on the Middle East. This year was no different, with Dennis Ross the

Annual Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament Celebrates the Life of Victim of Terror

From May 16-19, four yeshiva high school teams competed in the third annual baseball tournament in Sharon, Massachusetts, in memory of Ezra Schwartz, H”YD, an 18-year-old who was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel during his gap year in 2015. Students from Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, the Ramaz School, and SAR

Shalva Band Eurovision Performance Seen by Global Audience of 200 Million

(Courtesy of Shalva) An emotional performance by the Shalva Band at Eurovision Song Contest semifinal earned widespread praise from viewers in Israel and abroad, who hailed the band for its message of inclusivity and acceptance.

Last Thursday, the Shalva Band, as guest artists,

Insights Into Roots and Rituals

Reviewing: “Roots & Rituals: Insights Into Hebrew, Holidays and History,” By Mitchell First. Kodesh Press. 2018. English. Paperback. 254 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1947857063.

I can’t speak for you but this book was 100 percent up my alley, focusing as it does on linguistics/etymology and