Saturday, December 04, 2021


Moshava Ba’ir Expands to Livingston

Moshava Ba’ir is bringing its magic to MetroWest. The popular day camp recently announced the opening of its fifth campus, conveniently located at The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston. Run by Bnei Akiva of the U.S. and Canada, the day camp project is now in its 13th year of operation, touting vibrant programs


Nassau’s Rep. Tom Suozzi To Run Again for NY Governor

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

In 2006, while serving as Nassau County Executive, Tom Suozzi ran against Eliot Spitzer in a Democratic primary that proved disastrous for Suozzi. He lost the primary carrying only 18% of the vote to Spitzer’s 82%.


Should J Street Be Welcome in Westchester?

Twenty years ago, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) were considered two of the leading organizations helping shape U.S. policy towards Israel. In 2007, J Street emerged and promised to be the “political home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”


Orthodox Forum Plans Talk on Antisemitism on Campus

The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents Andrew Getraer speaking on “Antisemitism on Campus: An Insider’s Look,” on Motzei Shabbat, December 18 at 8 p.m. at Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park and viewable via Zoom: https:// tinyurl.com/cpure5uj.

Ninety percent of university-age


Adath Jeshurun/Murray Street Shul Celebrates 100 Years

Adath Jeshurun, colloquially and affectionately known as the Murray Street Shul in Elizabeth, well predates the current Orthodox Jewish community and the other established institutions in the geographical Hillside/Elizabeth area as we know them today. Adath Jeshurun, officially


National Council of Young Israel Releases Chanukah Torah Journal

(Courtesy of NCYI) The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today released its Chanukah Torah Journal, which is the second publication in a series of Torah journals by the international synagogue organization.

The NCYI’s Chanukah Torah Journal is dedicated in memory of Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer, zt”l,


Joseph and the Risks of Power

Miketz represents the most sudden and radical transformation in the Torah. Joseph, in a single day, moves from zero to hero, from forgotten, languishing prisoner to viceroy of Egypt, the most powerful man in the land, in control of the nation’s economy.

Until now, Joseph has rarely been the


The Humble, Powerful Torah Light of Rav Daniel Feldman

I will never forget my introduction to Rav Daniel Feldman. We were returning from the NORPAC mission to Washington, D.C., in May 1999 when a dozen people asked me to organize shiurim for the five-hour bus ride to Teaneck. There were many Torah-knowledgeable people on this trip, and the talks proceeded beautifully.


Lingo Shprach

Recently, Rav Shaul Alter, the Gerrer rosh yeshiva of Yerushalayim, visited the New York area. When it was announced that he was coming to Monsey and speaking at Sheiner’s shul at 4 p.m. one afternoon, I decided to attend. Aside from the fact that my family roots are in Ger, it was an opportunity to see a renowned talmid chacham.


Choni the Irrigation Ditch Digger: Taanit 23a

The Mishnah on Taanit 19a describes the miracle in which, in a time of drought, Choni HaMe’agel drew a circle around himself and refused to leave until Hashem granted rain. In our sugya on Taanit 23a, a brayta retells the story in greater detail, and a parallel in Yerushalmi Taanit 16a offers other details. The Yerushlami cites the


The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

It seems a bit odd that the Midrash Rabbah on Miketz (89:8) includes a discussion of how dreams follow their interpretation. (This idea is described more fully in Brachot 55b-57b.) The dreams recounted in Parshat Miketz are not run-of-the-mill dreams. They were of a prophetic character. Prophetic messages must be related as they are given.


The Prayer for Rain in the Amidah, Part I

Mishnah Taanit 1:3 discusses when the Jewish community in Israel should begin to pray for rain in Birkat HaShanim. There are two views stated, both in Marcheshvan.

But what about the diaspora? What is their starting date for this prayer? The Mishnah (a work from the Land of Israel) does not record one.

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