Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Coming Together to Honor the Torah

One of the hallmarks of Judaism is the unique attachment that each Jew shares with one another. We may come from diverse backgrounds, different locations and divergent paths in life, yet there is a common factor that ties us together and connects us in an extraordinary and unparalleled fashion. Limud HaTorahcreates a bond between Jews that is


“Ki Heim Chayeinu – Torah is Our Life! Torah Keeps Us Alive!”

The invitation was appealing, it beckoned us to attend the Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah—a Shabbosthat promised to rejuvenate both my husband and I physically and spiritually. Yet, I was hesitant. Being somewhat more of a shy personality, I could not imagine finding common ground with any of the other women who would be in


“What Was He Thinking?”

Here it was, the sixth session of the class which was using the book of Genesis as a source for studying the nature of leadership. It was proving not to be the kind of class in which the teacher lectured and the students listened passively. Rather, it was more like a discussion group in which everyone participated.

Everyone, that is, except for Hillel. In my


Toledot: The Hunger (Bereishit: 25: 29-34)

Red Lentil Soup *

Time: 45 minutes

3 tablespoons olive oil, more for drizzling

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of ground chili powder or cayenne, more to


Double Standard

Consider the following conversation between a Rabbi and a Ba’al Teshuva:

Rabbi: So what can I do for you?

BT: I’ve been struggling lately with tefillah, and I’d like your advice.

Rabbi: Go ahead, I’m listening.

BT: Well, the first issue is the length of davening. I tend to lose momentum way before the


Parshat Vayeira: Nachshon Wachsman A”H

I remember the Te­hil­lim assemblies quite vividly. It was almost exactly 19 years ago, I was a senior in high school and our principal called all of us to the Beit Knesset to describe what had just occurred in Israel; a young Israeli soldier, Nachshon Wachsman, had just been captured by Hamas and they were demanding the release of several hundred prisoners in


“An Inn and an Orchard”

I read the story quite some time ago. It was told by a young woman who boarded an airplane early one winter Friday morning. She was on her way to Chicago from New York to spend a weekend there with friends.

She made herself comfortable in her seat, prepared some reading material, and was confident that the plane would take off more or less on time and that she


Modest Proposals

Paramus—I have lived in Bergen County for 42 years and I have been active in my synagogue, community affairs, UJA and several day schools. One of my earliest jobs was in 1961 as the first youth director of the nascent B’nai Yeshurun in a small house on West Englewood Avenue.

I have observed this community for a long time. I have been a day school principal,


Simcha at School – The Class Birthday Party

Last May, a New Hampshire school board voted to encourage teachers to celebrate only one “group” birthday a month. The motivation behind the decision was the board’s concern over children consuming unhealthy, sugary foods during school hours. The district’s consultant dietician explained, “If there were three birthdays in a week, a student could have cupcakes


Greatness, not Perfection

Since 1996, nobody knew it more than the New York Yankees: “You gotta’ go to Mo!”

The Yankees knew that if they could hold a lead until the eighth inning they could bring in the Sand-Man to throw his wily cutter and shut down the opposition and score another victory.

After announcing that this would be his final season, Mariano, a deeply religious


Connecting BPY to a Vastly Connected World

Paramus—“How can we help our students stay connected?” That was a critical curricular question that Rav Tomer Ronen, Rosh HaYeshivaof Ben Porat Yosef, and his staff pondered last summer while preparing for this school year. They hired a director of educational technology, a one-to-one iPad program had been implemented, and there were Smartboards in all



Esther checked her reflection in the rear view mirror as she and Len drove away from the Broadway Central Hotel. The makeup that had been applied so carefully just a few hours before the wedding had faded and her carefully arranged hair looked limp, but she didn’t care. She had enjoyed the wedding of her dreams. Finally, after two years of dating, she and Len were

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