Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Living Better, Connected

This Shabbat, Bergen County rabbis will ask their congregations to make technology use ‘intentional.’

It seems all working adults struggle to strike just the right balance between modeling good device usage for our children while also vigorously wielding our phones, tablets


Fair Lawn’s Aviva Oppenheim ‘Builds Bridges’ At Port Authority

It’s not every day that one learns that the project leader on a major Manhattan bridge project is a Fair Lawn-based mechanical engineer, but it’s much rarer to hear that she is an Orthodox Jewish mother of three. But that’s just who Aviva Oppenheim is. This coming December, her project to integrate cashless tolling


An Open Letter to Parents And Teens: Social Media Impacts Our Identities

Here’s the pitch:

This is hard for me to do. I know a fair amount about building school culture and have strong opinions about choosing and reaching our goals, and as an educator I am always learning. Every day I know more about what I don’t know and more about what I need


Sparks of Boredom

Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried to pay attention to the habits of fellow daveners in a number of shuls I’ve attended. I don’t claim to know the extent to which my neighbors are connecting with Hashem or how much kavanah they have during Shema. I assume that everyone is doing their best. But I have noticed that during


Pause Before Posting

You can write the end of the story yourselves: A student walks out of their first job interview. They were able to answer all of the interviewer’s questions without stammering and know they made a great impression. They are the perfect fit for the position and the job is theirs, they are sure of it. Until the interviewer types


It’s Time to Move On: From Modern Orthodoxy To Religious Zionism

“One who asks: ‘What is my obligation?’ instead of ‘What are my rights?’ —lives in an entirely different world.” (Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neria)

Growing up in America, the communities I lived in were broadly labeled as both “Modern Orthodox” and “Religious Zionist,” with the two unwieldy


Rosh Hashanah 5783: The State of God in Our World

“All of humanity pass before You as sheep …” On Rosh Hashanah, Hashem reviews all human behavior, scrutinizes our inner hearts and determines our fate for the coming year. On this solemn Day of Judgment, we also celebrate Divine sovereignty. The shofar blast recalls historical milestones: creation, the binding of


Did Avraham Avinu Expect a Good Outcome From Akedat Yitzchak?

We Shall Return

It is one of the most puzzling aspects of Akedat Yitzchak! Avraham Avinu (in pasuk five) takes leave of his assistants and tells them that he and Yitzchak will serve Hashem and “v’nashuva, we shall return.” Why does Avraham Avinu say he will return with Yitzchak? He


The Sound of Silence: Seeking Hashem’s Unspoken Will

Avraham’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son, Yitzchak, was the climax of his 10 divine tests and the seminal expression of religious commitment. Surprisingly, we only have one mitzvah that commemorates the Akeidah: the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Chazal explains that blowing the shofar aims to remind God of Avraham’s


Standing Before God

As the longest serving rabbi in Minnesota, Rav Moshe Feller is among the senior shluchim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. As a young man, Rabbi Feller was a talmid at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, but was drawn by his spiritual curiosity toward the openness mission and ideals taught in Lubavitch. After experiencing his first farbrengen in July of 1955,


Praying With God This Rosh Hashanah

Here we stand, at the threshold of the New Year. On one hand the days are long, and at the same time, the weeks feel short. Although we are blessed to have a month designated for preparation for this holy day, the month of Elul is quickly drawing to a close. The years as a student in Yerushalayim and at Stern College, during which I had the


The Deepening Levels of Teshuva

Elul and Rosh Hashanah center around the concept of teshuva, and Parshas Nitzavim is clearly linked to this theme as well. The pesukim in Nitzavim discuss the theme of “teshuva,” the importance of choosing life — choosing what is right, and connecting ourselves back to Hashem. As Parshas Nitzavim is connected to the transition from

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