Saturday, June 03, 2023


Amex Small Business Saturday Update (and it’s not a good one…)

One of the great perks enjoyed by Amex credit card holders across the country occurred each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (dubbed “Small Business Saturday”), whereby Amex would offer a number of perks and incentives to encourage purchases at small businesses, including statement credits for purchases made at small


With Love Comes Pain

Over the past few weeks we have all been straining to hear more and more about the horrendous situation facing our brothers and sisters in Israel. Each day, we hope beyond hope that there will not have been another barbaric attack.

I remember the reaction of the thirty-eight vendors that I brought from


The Holocaust’s Collateral Damage

We all have certain moments that are forever embedded in our memories from childhood. I can still remember vividly where my mother was standing—right in front of our stove in the kitchen—when she said to me, with tears in her eyes, “It’s all Hitler’s fault!” My mother, of blessed memory, was a miraculous person. She gave of


Some of the Best Things in Life Really Are Free

Some time back I flew from New York to Detroit. The standard airline prices were exorbitant so I booked a flight on Spirit Airlines, a low-cost, no-frills carrier. And I mean no frills at all. I soon learned that my ticket bought me only two things: a seat on the plane and use of the bathroom (or, as we say in airplane speak, lavatories).


Deferred Action for Parental Accountability

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a new Deferred Action program called “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability,” also known as DAPA. First discovered in the 1970s by founding partner of Wildes & Weinberg P.C., Attorney Leon Wildes, Deferred Action is a program that allows law-abiding individuals to remain in


David Schlusselberg’s Second Album Inspires as it Entertains

Rabbi David Schlusselberg, rebbe at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, is more than just an instructor to his students. According to recent graduates he is a mentor, friend and inspiration.

“Rabbi Schluss (as he is affectionately known) might be the best Judaic teacher


JFS By The Numbers:

In 2014, the JFS Aid and Advocacy Department arranged for 19 households to receive rental assistance totaling $22,000, enabling 60 individuals or families to remain in their homes.

500 people benefitted from the JFS Food Pantry.

700 people received critical


Reflections on Hurricane Katrina

This past August marked the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina over 50


Solomon Schechter to Screen Spielberg Documentary ‘Above and Beyond’

Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen will be screening “Above and Beyond,” the latest film by documentary writer and filmmaker Sophie Sartain, on Sunday evening, October 25 at 7pm. Sartain, together with producer Nancy Spielberg and director Roberta Grossman, has captured the little-known story of the pilots


Bereishit—In the Beginning

The chagim are behind us as we began the early stages of the Torah cycle once again. Hashem’s accounting of the creation of the world is wondrous. Man is created in the image of God.

If you have followed my previous articles, you know that I view each of us as living in two worlds, the outside world,


Single/Working Parents and Day Schools

Increased involvement of parents and families often is cited as one of the most important ways to improve schools. A variety of studies confirms that parent involvement makes an enormous impact on students’ attitude, attendance, and academic achievement. Although some working and single parents may be unable to contribute to


Unprecedented Turnout Across North America at Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha L’Bachurim Program

This bein hazmanim, if a person happened to walk into battei medrashin virtually every community throughout America and many worldwide, he would almost certainly have encountered bachurimlearning hilchos birchas hashacharand pesukei dezimraas part of Dirshu’s highly

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