Thursday, March 23, 2023


The Coat-Closet Challenge

With April just around the corner we begin the process of getting our homes ready for Passover. The holiday requires much preparation and in-depth cleaning. It is also a special time for family to gather and celebrate the holiday with beautiful rituals and special foods.

While you take the time



A teacher friend of mine once joked that when school leaders type “collaboration” into their phones, it autocorrects it to “competition.” If you are connected to Yeshiva education in any way, you should get this joke (and it may hit too close to home to laugh). Unfortunately, cooperation between schools, and often within schools, is


Junior Girl Scout Troop 5826 Kicks Off Cookie Sales

Girl Scout Troop 5826 baked Girl Scout Cookie flavored Hamentaschen in honor of Purim and to kick off their Girl Scout Cookie sales. The girls replicated the infamous Thin Mints and Samoas as well as Savannah Smiles, a lemon cookie, the Tagalongs, a peanut butter chocolate cookie and the new Rah-Rah Raisin cookie.


School Safety

Parents are always concerned about their children’s safety. This is especially true when children are at school away from parents’ watchful eye. There is a presumption, a warranty, of safety when parents entrust their children to those who would act in loco parentis. State laws mandate certain safeguards, e.g., fire alarms, eye wash


A Look at SodaScan

Ari Korman and Andy and Brian Agus, founders of the new start-up SodaScan, agreed to meet with JLNJ’s cub reporter—me—to unravel the enigma that is the SodaScan entity. The idea behind SodaScan is that instead of going out to shop for bulk items (such as 12-packs of soda bottles), you use an app to scan a QR code on a poster


“Risk” and the Municipal Bond Market

Prior to the 2008 financial crisis the term “risky” was rarely associated with the general municipal bond market. Historically municipal bonds, as a whole second in safety only to US Treasury securities, were looked upon as safe, secure investments. To the media, covering the municipal bond market was about as exciting as watching paint


New Year’s Resolution: Ask Someone Else to Get You in Shape

The biggest challenge to keeping a resolution is: the change is up to us. We have to stop smoking, start exercising, and change our habits. Yet the reason we are making a resolution in the first place is that we haven’t been able to get ourselves to perform according to our own aspirations. It would be so much easier if someone else could


Connection and Commitment

While visiting Italy last week, my wife and I attended the Florence Jewish community’s memorial service for Dan Uzan, the Jewish man who was slain outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two weeks earlier, soon after returning home from a week of meetings in England, I was informed that a kosher restaurant in London that we had


Friendship Circle Teens Celebrate Purim

Photos: Friendship Circle’s annual Teen Scene Purim party was held at the Frisch School. The Friendship Circle is grateful to Frisch and to the amazing volunteers who helped make it such a success.


Tax Tips: The Taxable Tax Refund

A quick Google search reveals the origin of the derogatory term “Indian giver.” There are various theories of its origin, but one such claim is from author David Wilton in his 2004 book, Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends. He claims that its origin was the result of a misunderstanding of Native American’s


The ‘New’ SAT

A biology class at Central High School predicted that a local population of animals will double in size every 12 years. The population at the beginning of 2014 was estimated to be 50 animals. If P represents the population nyears after 2014, then which of the following equations represents the class’s model of the population over time?



R’Chaim Kanievsky Issues Psak Regarding Dirshu Siyyum on Mishnah Berurah

Can one make a siyum on the Mishnah Berurah? Does one recite a Hadran on such a siyyum? What about Kaddish? These were the questions recently posed by the senior members of Dirshu’s hanhala to Rav Chaim Kanievsky, as the siyyum of the first Machzor of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is just around the corner.

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