Monday, June 14, 2021


Parsippany Stands Up and Rallies for Israel

On Sunday afternoon, June 6, a pro-Israel rally was held at Smith Field in Parsippany, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest (Federation) in partnership with various local synagogues and Amir Hadar. Event organizers Rabbi Inna Serebro-Litvak of Temple Shalom in Succasunna, and


AJC Westchester Explores Antisemitism Rise in America

On Monday, May 31, The American Jewish Committee hosted a virtual discussion on the intolerable rise of antisemitism across our country. AJC CEO David Harris recently returned from a solidarity mission to Israel.

Harris described the aftermath of 4,000 rockets from Gaza as Israel’s


Westchester Torah Academy to Move Into Its Bayit L’Netzach

(Courtesy of WTA) This summer will be an exciting one for the WTA family. For the first time ever, WTA will not only be acquiring its own campus but will also move into its brand-new building. The school is thrilled to have reached this very special moment, a true milestone in its eight-year history!


Servant Leadership

Rabbi Sacks, zt’’l, had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book “Lessons in Leadership.”

“You have gone too far! The whole community are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above God’s


Preparing for Shemitah 5782

Part II

This week we shall explore whether shemitah observance nowadays is required biblically or rabbinically. This question has significant ramifications because one can rule more leniently regarding a rabbinic prohibition than a biblical prohibition. For example, the controversial


Shaul: The Righteous King

Parshat Korach

The story of Israel’s first king occupies the bulk of Sefer Shmuel A, stretching from his anointment in the ninth perek until his death during the battle against the Plishtim in the 31st perek, the final chapter. Interestingly, throughout the year, we only read three episodes from


Judah Touro (1775-1854)

Touro College is named for Judah Touro and his father Isaac. Judah had a very interesting life story, connected with major events of American history.

Judah’s father Isaac was from Holland. In 1762 he was chosen as the chazan at the Portuguese congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. This was


Equality in Judaism and Parenting

In this week’s parsha, Korach leads the first rebellion against the authority of Moshe and Aharon. The Torah (16:3) describes how Korach gathers followers and confronts Moshe and Aharon, arguing, “The entire assembly—all of them—are Holy and Hashem is among them, so why do you exalt yourselves over the congregation of


Ketoret and Matot: Moshe Rabbeinu’s Two-Part Lesson Plan

In reading Parshat Korach, let us imagine Moshe Rabbeinu as an educator and the Israelites as a group of disruptive yet motivated students. The manner in which Moshe Rabbeinu engages with these students, and the learning opportunities he facilitates in order to unpack their questions, model the kind of educational environment we


The Da’ehu Difference

(Courtesy of Da’ehu) In the previous article, we discussed some of the advantages inherent in the basic classroom structure of Da’ehu Montessori. Da’ehu will ultimately be a very small, close-knit school of no more than 150 students. This number is significantly known as “Dunbar’s number,” and represents the cognitive


Reflections on Graduation 2021

The following is a modified version of Rabbi Alter’s graduation speech to the 2021 Moriah graduates:

Graduates, do your parents sometimes talk about what life was like when they were your age? How they had to walk 7 miles to school—at 4:30 every morning—with no shoes, uphill, both ways, in a huge


Congress Delegation Decries Antisemitism and Hails Dirshu’s Strengthening of the Moral Fabric of America

Kiddush Hashem in aftermath of visit of Rav Dovid Hofstedter to Capitol Hill.

“We need to stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers. Thank you, Rabbi Hofstedter and Dirshu, for taking the mission to Washington!” This sentence was tweeted by former governor of

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