Thursday, February 02, 2023


The Theory of Everything From Nothing

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

These well-known verses mark the beginning of the Old Testament and the story of


The Fun Side Side-Splitting Stand-Up

A New Jersey restaurant

is offering a special menu this month

that doesn’t list prices, but instead asks customers

to pay what they think is fair. According to the


Happy Anniversary

August 20 started out as any other day. Husband #1 and I reached the “20 years of staying married and not killing each” other milestone. We had planned on celebrating by continuing not to kill each other, and going out to dinner with our three sons. The boys were getting reacquainted with air conditioning and being able to walk


No One Told You There’d Be a Quiz

As a high-school English teacher, I noticed that there’s something that happens to my students over the summer: Somehow, they forget everything they ever knew about school. Mostly they forget the rules. I know this, because I sometimes have the same students two years in a row. This isn’t because they’re left back. It’s because I


Ezer K’Negdo—‘A Helper Against Him’

In Parshat Bereishit (2:15-18), the Torah states, “Hashem said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper against him.’” Rashi is bothered by the phrase ezer k’negdo—a helper against him, as these terms appear to be contradictory. How can woman, the mate that God is about to make for man, be


How a Powerful Handshake Will Open Doors

Do you have stories about someone else’s lousy handshake and how it made you feel when someone gave you the “wet fish” or its opposite, the “knucklebuster”’?

Even a technically great handshake can leave you with a feeling that it really wasn’t a “pleasure to meet you.” If you can


Advice From a ‘Biblical-Era Sagette’

We are all familiar with Dear Abby and Ann Landers. I would venture to guess that each and every one of us at some time in our lives has glanced over the questions asked of them and the replies offered.

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Shashi Ishai, whose new book “Ask


Customized Online Learning Initiative Is ‘Building Together’ With Jewish Schools

As technology continues to permeate traditional classroom environments, more than 25 Jewish day schools are taking part in a new era of learning fostered by Bonim B’Yachad (translated from Hebrew as “building together”), an Israel-based online learning initiative founded three years ago.


The New SAT—What Students and Parents Need to Know

The SAT is changing in March, 2016. The new test has set off a firestorm of anxious parents, worried students, and confused school officials. Despite the frenzy, the new test offers a great opportunity for students to display a wider range of talents to prospective colleges and universities. The Redesigned SAT will


The Camping Trip: A Jewish Woodstock



Organized and Clutter-Free: Frequently Asked Questions

When I meet people for the first time, there are some basic questions that I am asked once they hear that I am a professional organizer. I thought it might be fun to share these questions and my answers with you.

Question #1: “What do I do with all the clothes in my closet that do not fit?


Memories That Count

During the past week a very special man passed away in Montreal. He was definitely an essential link in our past. Max Richler was the president of the Young Israel of Val Royal the year we arrived in Montreal and had it not been for him and his family’s warm hospitality to us we probably would not have made the move. Max was a

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