Thursday, February 02, 2023


Musings on Torah, and the Issues of Our Time

Rabbi Gil Student runs a carefully curated website called Torahmusings.com, that reaches approximately 6,000 people each weekday. A Manhattan finance manager by day, Rabbi Student spends his commuting time and evening hours writing, editing and communicating with collaborators, fellow writers, rabbis and other interested


Farmer’s Dumb Almanac

That gosh darn Farmer’s Almanac—what is that thing exactly? According to Wikipedia, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, plantings charts, astronomical data, recipes and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy and farming. I don’t


Smiling on the Outside

I’m kind of glad the summer’s almost over, because it means I no longer have to put on that mascot costume again for my kids’ camp. At least until next summer.

I don’t know how I got into that thing. Seriously. The zipper’s in the back. And there’s not a lot of room to maneuver. They


Planting Seeds

It’s interesting what stays with us over the years. When I attended NCSY as a high school student over 25 years ago, I heard a motivational speaker at one of the youth events deliver a talk about outreach. He stressed the importance of helping others, and sagely commented that we often don’t know just how impactful we are in


Humpty Dumpty

Is there anything more ordinary than a woman going to a hair salon? Usually you feel better when leaving, having been pampered, pruned and plied with minty-smelling products. What began as an ordinary routine turned extraordinary in a matter of minutes.

I had just done a final hair check, paid


Times are Always Changing in Hudson County

Having read about the YJCC in Washington Township recently, I was not surprised with its closure. I am well aware first hand of communities’ changing dynamics and their fluctuating needs ranging from intense vibrancy and growth to its potential final


Roth IRA Part II: Forget Your Kid—How to Make Yourself a Millionaire

In my last article, I wrote about how you can make your kid a millionaire with the help of a Roth IRA. Some of you thought it was a great idea; and for the rest of you…the feeling I got was that I had you at “millionaire” and lost you at “kid.” After all, you did support them for the first two decades of their lives so I


What You Need To Know About New Jersey Estate Tax

The Garden State. Home to Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Chris Christie and who can forget—Xanadu. Many of us have come from far and away to live in this wonderful place we call New Jersey. But with all of the beauty that surrounds us, we forget that there are disadvantages (other than snow) to living here. Perhaps one of the most


Password Purgatory

Gosh—is it just us who are so dumb that we never seem to remember what our passwords are? We all know that these days, without knowing your password you basically can no longer find out anything about your life. Want to know what your address is??? Please put in your password—it’s four letters—at least one upper case—two


Upgrade to Windows 10? YES!

Some new features to note: One column wouldn’t capture all of the details risks and advantages so I tried to cover the big ones.

Rule of thumb: Working with Microsoft operating systems for the past 25 years, do not upgrade on the first day. Microsoft usually needs six months as a grace period


Local Gemachs Abate the Stress of Making Simchas

As the seasons begin to change and the new year begins, many people have their minds on organizing the year’s simchas, or hosting a large number of people in their home for Yom Tov meals. Coordinating simchas can be both stressful and expensive, but the myriad of gemachs around New Jersey, and even more around the


Wedding Music Matters

“Our kids may be…probably getting…sometime in near future… planning on…no one knows…not yet…premature…but… WE NOW MUST PLAN EVERYTHING NOW!

After 20 years in the simcha business, I can honestly say I have seen it all, which is the reason that many people have suggested

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