Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Let’s ‘Shine a Little Light’ on ALS

Last week, I casually shared a video on Facebook. It was a beautiful, professionally produced music video featuring some of the “Jewish greats” performing today… Many names I recognized: Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Benny Friedman (of “Todah!” fame), Gad Elbaz and of course The Maccabeats, of whom my children are


Seeking Clarity and Integrity Heading Into Town Elections

Teaneck voters need a break.

From what?

In this day and age, political debates on network news stations resemble reality TV. Problem is, nothing seems surprising anymore. If anything, Donald Trump’s bombast and rants, which sometimes draw his rivals to come back


Feeling All ‘Berned Out’

Bernie Sanders, this nation’s first Jewish presidential candidate, could get no closer to the recent AIPAC Policy Conference than Utah, because of time constraints, according to his campaign.

Yet he comes to New York and is suddenly effusive in his Jewish pride. And where does he give this speech? In


Reconnecting With Mitzrayim This Pesach

On Friday night when we sit down at our seder tables, it will matter less how we feel about the contentious presidential campaign, the hateful BDS movement, ISIS and the rise of European anti-Semitism.

Passover is a time to reset our spiritual clocks, when we retell the story of our ancestors’ exodus


Why Your Teaneck Council Vote Is Important, and Why You Should Vote for My Friend, Mark Schwartz

As I write this, we are now less than a week away from next Tuesday’s (May 10) important Teaneck Council election. As the co-publisher of this Jewish community paper, I write now with two fairly simple thoughts and, yes, perhaps even requests, if you will grant me that courtesy.

My first request is to


Remembering These Days

So many of us have been in Israel when a single, somber droning sound fills the air. People in cars, hurrying to destinations, pull their cars over, get out and stand in respect. Others stop and stand, be they in shops, classrooms, homes or outside for a walk.

It is, of course, a moment that pulls our


Incumbents Win for Teaneck

Teaneck voters returned three incumbent town council members to four-year terms in Tuesday’s municipal election.

The three incumbents ran on the message of “Moving Teaneck Forward.”

We want to congratulate the three incumbents who certainly have proven in the


A Timely Look at Masorah

The second night of Pesach we started Sefirat HaOmer, each evening counting the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. We all know that during the first 32 days of the counting of the Omer we hold by certain restrictions to reflect our sadness for the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.

Lag B’Omer,


A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my


Punditry and the Israeli Leadership ‘Earthquake’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government finds itself in a political arena that is being watched across the world by both friend and foe.

His foes would probably like to see a Netanyahu-led coalition fall after his decision to replace veteran soldier and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon


J Street Is Getting It Wrong

Once again, J Street is getting it wrong.

The group, according to the website Politico, is circulating a memo among members of the Democratic Party’s drafting committee calling for a “balanced position” that includes recognizing Palestinian claims to Eastern Jerusalem.


From the Peace of Shavuot to a Violent Reality

We entered Shavuot with the fresh pain of the June 8 thkilling of four Israelis by two Palestinian terrorists at the Max Brenner Café at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market complex, only to emerge from Matan Torah to find our entire country suffering after an unthinkable early Sunday morning massacre in Orlando, Florida. There, at Pulse,

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