Thursday, February 02, 2023


Custom Stamps for a Custom Bar/Bat Mitzvah

(www.mitzvahmarket.com)Our child’s bar/bat mitzvah invitation sets the tone for the type of party we will have. We sometimes spend many hours debating over the perfect colors, font style and envelope liner for these creations. Once the decision is made, and the invitations are ordered, we are faced with yet another dilemma…the


Donations in Lieu of Gifts

People love to receive gifts. For many children, the most exciting part of a birthday party is opening the gifts they received. It is no doubt a highlight to see what is behind the multicolored wrapping paper, but what if your celebration could benefit others?

A great way to make any celebration


Rabbanim To Daven at the Chofetz Chaim Kever on Yahrzeit

“Please davenfor me at the keverof the Chofetz Chaim too! Please daventhat I should be able to be mizakehthe rabbim.” Those were the emotional, heartfelt words of the venerated senior Rosh Yeshiva of our generation, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita,


Shoftim: Why Did the Lawyer Cross the Road?

Unfortunately, and much to my chagrin, this is based on a true story.*

Devarim: 16: 18

The police officer approached Effie on the sidewalk in front of the pizza store.

“Excuse me, sir, can I see your driver’s


Communal Pressure in the Get Process: Harchakot d’Rabbenu Tam

Recent events reported in the media focused the public’s attention on methods employed to deal with recalcitrance in the getprocess. In most end-of-marriage situations, even in the State of Israel where the rulings of a beit dinmay be enforced by civil authorities, a beit dinis not empowered to rule that a


Emunah—Shutting Down the Distracting Noise with Selihot

Every human being is naturally inclined to believe in God. Hashem has opened the door and given the capacity for everyone to believe in God. Rav Soloveitchik (Abraham’s Journey p.31) expresses the point eloquently: How does one recognize the Almighty? At times, we meet Him on the street. He greets us first: Peace, peace to him that is far


Until It’s Gone

On August 29, 1911, the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work, was stolen off the wall of the Louvre in Paris. For a week, the museum was closed due to investigation. Yet, it remained a mystery until it was returned in December 1913. It had been stolen by Vencenzo Peruggia, a former employee of the museum who wanted to return


A High Schooler’s Guide to the College Application Process

With the stress of a double curriculum in an Orthodox high school, students must balance a huge workload and long school days with extracurricular activities and leisure time. Once college preparation is added to that equation, high school is certainly not a relaxing experience. The advice that most high school seniors would give


Summer of Denial

By the time you read this, my world would have been restored to normal. I will be waking my three man/boys up to go to synagogue. I will be taking orders for specific food items. I will be up to my nose in smelly camp laundry. The vacuum will be going, the dust will not have time to settle, there will be some sort of baseball game


The Challenge and Power of Shabbat

Puzzles. Blank stares. Books. As a young woman living a half-life, suffering through anorexia, this is how I spent Shabbat. It felt as if Shabbat dragged on for hours, my thoughts consumed by food and the upcoming meal. I recall that each week while in outpatient treatment we had a group on Friday to prepare for the weekend. We


Iranian Nuclear Fallout: A Twice-Told Tale

In the midst of the worldwide concern over the “Bad Deal” concocted by the Obama Administration with the mullahs of Iran, it occurred to me that had fate ruled otherwise, the entire issue of Iranian possession of nuclear armaments might possibly have been resolved a long time ago in a much less contentious manner. Accompany me


Daydreaming While Dusting

The simple act of dusting can conjure up such intense thoughts. As I gently rubbed a cloth around the frame of a colorful drawing depicting a telling scene of our downtown, I was filled with thoughts of Siggy. The piece was hand-done and gifted to me by my multi-talented plumber. He was in his 80s when we met outside the local

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