Monday, March 27, 2023


Otisville Will Have to Expand

We had never heard of Otisville until we moved here. We knew that there were specific prisons where frum people preferred to be sent but we didn’t know their names. Can you imagine what was just written— “Prisons that frum people preferred to be sentenced to.” Is this for real? Are we talking about people who are Shomer Mitzvot? Let


Look in the Mirror!

Every time the kohanim would wash their hands and feet before entering the Mishkan premises to perform their service, they would do so from a tank-like structure called the kior. This vessel was coated with mirrors which had been donated by the women as their contribution to the Mishkan. The Maggid of Mezritch zt”l explains that much can


Egyptian Asylum Seekers

The celebration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a capstone to a revolution by the people of Egypt that saw the removal of Mubarak and inspired the world at large, has been followed by years of political turnover, jailed journalists, crumbling infrastructure, hundreds of murdered demonstrators and an abysmal youth unemployment rate. For many


Teaching Meaningful Tefillah: Directions and Guidelines

(Part III of III)

Teaching children to daven and embrace tefilah is at the heart of our Jewish identity and life experience. Thus far in the articles I have written, I have described a step-by-step approach to teaching our children the mechanics of tefillah on Shabbat.


Meet With Your Advisors in the Morning

In classical economic theory, people make rational decisions in their best interests. In real life, people make dumb decisions all the time.

The gap between ideal and actual behavior guarantees employment for financial behaviorists. They study human decision making and develop methods to guide us toward


Innovation in Education: The Creation of Ben Porat Yosef

As we enter into the spring of our 15 thyear at Ben Porat Yosef, we feel it appropriate to revisit the climate, culture and, most importantly, the people who have made the school what it is today. We hope that this interview with Steven Sarao ,the visionary and founding president of Ben Porat Yosef, will enrich


Dr. Howard Goldschmidt Shares His Talents at Shaare Zedek Hospital



From the Desk of an Avid Smartphone User: The Privacy Dilemma

It should come as no surprise that I am an extremely avid smartphone user. Every day that I can (which excludes Shabbos and Yom Tov), I probably wake up and unlock my phone 367 times on average, to send texts and emails and Facebook posts and Instagram pictures and so on. It’s an unfortunate necessity that I need to stay connected during


Why Jews Should Celebrate Juneteenth

On an intellectual level we understand that as less than two percent of Americans and as a shrinking proportional population in the larger tri-state region, it is critical for the Jewish community to embrace its neighbors and seek to forge natural alliances with other like-minded communities. Taking the leap in learning what such


All You Need Is Love...or Something Like That!

What is love? It is hard to define the word because it really means many different things. When you get to a certain age, you truly realize that there are so many definitions and, if you are lucky enough, you have gotten to experience many of them.

The love that goes without saying is the love


Couple Looks to Create World Market for West Bank Products

The way Elisheva and Gedaliah Blum see it, an existential war has been declared on some 2,500 small, mostly Jewish-owned businesses on the West Bank.

That is why, with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction or BDS Movement seen as a threat to the people of Judea and Samaria, the Blum’s have


Dirshu Holds Daf Yomi Siyum on Seder Nashim

“To see the face of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, beaming with joy and nachas as he participated in the siyum on Seder Nashim with the Daf Yomi organized by Dirshu was something that I will never forget,” exclaimed Rabbi Avigdor Berenstein, a senior member of hanhalas Dirshu. “Rav Chaim is often stoic, but it

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