Saturday, June 03, 2023


WH Spins Antisemitism Strategy

You’ve got to hand it to the current occupants of the West Wing. When it comes to manipulating American Jews, they know exactly what they’re doing.

After teasing it for weeks, the White House’s unveiling of the “U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism,” last week was a


Saudi Normalization Does Not Mean Peace

Saudi Arabia heads the Arab League of Nations, whose charter, adopted in 1945, calls for the liquidation of the Jews in Palestine. Notably, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League launched total war on Israel in 1948 – a war that remains in effect until today.

Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with


Iran Makes Moves With IAEA, Ballistic Missiles: What Are They Up To?

Before analyzing how these moves mix together, one must look closely. As is often with the ayatollahs, there is more than meets the eye.

Iran on Tuesday, May 30 started to claim that it has closed two IAEA probes into either undeclared sites or unexplained traces of molecules of uranium


Daylight Robbery Near Ahavath Torah Puts Englewood Residents on Guard

A shocking robbery of a Jewish community member took place last Sunday, May 21, in the middle of the day, in the presence of his wife and four children. The robbery took place in close proximity to Englewood’s Congregation Ahavath Torah, where the family had been attending an event. Two assailants held the man on the ground, a gun was


The Blessing of Love

At 176 verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that has had the greatest impact over the course of history, is very short indeed and is known by almost every Jew, namely the priestly blessings: The Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘Thus shall you bless the


Modern-Day Centrism

Editor’s note: This series is reprinted with permission from “Insights & Attitudes: Torah Essays on Fundamental Halachic and Hashkafic Issues,” a publication of TorahWeb.org. The book contains multiple articles, organized by parsha, by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mayer Twersky.


Do We Wear Our Caps or Kippot at a Ballgame?


At Torah Academy of Bergen County, we recently discussed whether we wear a cap or a kippah to a ballgame based on an intriguing comment Rashi makes to Bereishit 18:1. This pasuk records that Hashem appeared to Avraham Avinu after his brit milah “b’elonei Mamre—in the plains


Our Need for Personal Growth

Note: This week Rabbi Taragin begins a new series that addresses issues of personal growth. The pieces will, iy”H, relate to the goals Judaism sets for us and how we can achieve them.


Not Necessarily Good


Out There, in Here

Rav Shimshon Pincus, zt”l, once related an extraordinary encounter he had with a granddaughter of the holy Chafetz Chaim, zt”l. She was already an elderly woman, had recently emigrated from Russia, and was temporarily staying in a merkaz klitah, absorption center, for new olim in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.


Zera Shimshon on Naso

דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אִישׁ אִישׁ כִּי־תִשְׂטֶה אִשְׁתּוֹ וּמָעֲלָה בוֹ מָעַל 
(במדבר ה:יב)

“Speak to Bnei Yisroel and say to


Hinting One Does Not Want an Aliyah

לעילוי נשמת
יואל אפרים בן אברהם עוזיאל זלצמן ז”ל

As a guest to a shul, I received an aliyah on Shabbat morning, and at Mincha, a different gabbai came over to me between aliyot to ask me my


‘If I Could Be Like … ’

During my youth, my personal hero was the popular Jewish singer, Avrohom Fried. As a member of the Tzlil V’zemer boys choir, I enjoyed the fact that we had a number of concerts in which we performed prior to Avrohom Fried. After our performance was over, I had the opportunity to watch Fried perform from backstage. At home, I would imitate

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