Friday, July 10, 2020


Special Three Weeks Lecture Series Begins on Sunday Night

(Courtesy of Young Israel of Fort Lee) Rabbis Zev Goldberg, Beni Krohn and Andrew Markowitz have been close friends and colleagues for many years. Rabbi Goldberg is the rabbi of the Young Israel of Fort Lee, Rabbi Krohn is the rabbi of Young Israel of Teaneck, and Rabbi Markowitz is the rabbi of Congregation


Outrage Without Rage

It seems that there is anger and rage everywhere we turn these days. Some are angry at those not wearing masks, others outraged that mask wearing is being legislated. There is anger provoked by the pandemic. Anger at elected leaders on both sides of the aisle for how they have governed during this unprecedented time. There is anger


Yirmiyahu and Moshe

With this week’s haftarah, we introduce a new function for the weekly prophetic selection. Until this point, the purpose of the haftarah was to strike a theme similar to one found in the parsha, thereby reminding those who were prohibited by government decree from public Torah reading, what the weekly portion contained. From this week


Dairy French Toast Using Leftover Challah From Shabbat

Rav Ari Marcus vs. Rav Haim Jachter

It is a decades-long tradition in many American Orthodox families. Sunday morning breakfast consists of dairy French toast using leftover challah from Shabbat. Rav Ari Marcus, in his magnificent compendium “Halacha 24/7/12” (page 384), though, discourages this


Two Educational Tools to Use During Coronavirus

These are not ordinary days. Not for students, not for parents nor for teachers. In times of hardship, we should return to our base, to the source, to the parsha. The weekly portions, even when not read in shul, are a reservoir of power and strength, especially during this difficult time.

Here are two


The Prophet Who Is ‘Shetum Ha-Ayin’

What is the meaning of this root שׁתם that is used to describe Bilam? It only appears at Numbers 24:3 and 24:15. There is a term for a word that appears only one time in Tanach: a “hapax legomenon.” (This is Greek for “once said.”) Our word can loosely be described as a “hapax legomenon,” since the second instance sheds no


Making a Difference, One Student at a Time

Needless to say, the world has faced tremendous challenges in recent months. Medical, financial and emotional hardships have hit wide swaths of our population. The heartening response of many to these new challenges has been to double down and offer more kindness and empathy to others in an effort to make the world a better place. Goodness


What If Schools Can’t Open This Fall?

A very disturbing article was published in The Washington Post on June 30, entitled “There Is No Safe Way to Reopen Colleges This Fall.” The article was written by three public health researchers who also teach. Their conclusion is that reopening colleges during a pandemic is too dangerous. The same message might also apply to our high


Why Principals Should ‘Loop’ Their Students Back In

One of the big questions facing school leaders right now is what things will look like when the new school year begins. No one fully knows whether teachers and students will be able to fully or partially return to their classrooms and, even for those who can enjoy “business as usual,” the atmosphere at school is likely to be filled with


Ring, Ring. Who’s There? Scammer Calling

In my article last week, I wrote of a widespread email scam that attempted to get people to send hundreds of dollars of iTunes gift cards to them. Now let’s go to another method scammers love: the robocall.

One is hard-pressed to go a day without getting numerous robocalls. Scammers do this as


An Examination of Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman’s Book, ‘Ani Maamin’

Reviewing: “Ani Maamin: Biblical Criticism, Historical Truth, and the Thirteen Principles of Faith” by Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman. Maggid Books. 2020. English.

In many ways, this book is an anthology of various essays and articles that Joshua Berman published in other places (plus


GPATS Director Nechama Price Publishes New Book Exploring the 12 Tribes

Highlighting: “Tribal Blueprints: Twelve Brothers and the Destiny of Israel” by Nechama Price. Maggid Books. 2020. English. Hardcover. 308 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1592645459.

(Courtesy of YU) The Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women at Yeshiva University (GPATS) is proud to