Saturday, June 03, 2023


Is This Your Card?

We now present Part 2 of an article about pesicha in shul. Last week I came to the conclusion that if there’s anything my years as a gabbai pesicha at a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur vasikin minyan have taught me, it’s that my years as a gabbai pesicha at a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur vasikin minyan have taught me nothing.


Mapping and Mastery of the Inner World: Inner Critics

Years ago, African Americans popularized “your mama” jokes, which involved one person insulting someone’s mother, leading the other person to defend his mother by hurling an even greater insult at the first person’s mother. This typically led to an exchange whereby the two people would escalate in the outrageousness of the insults


Why I’m Worth More Than an Iced Coffee

Recently, I had one of those days when I couldn’t seem to find a moment to myself. I had been at work for many hours and then had to run errands up and down Manhattan. When I finally returned to Port Authority, sweat on my brow and bags in tow, I decided to treat myself to an iced coffee.

I approached


How to Make a Teen Minyan

The argument can be made that the most essential program of any shul’s youth department is a strong and consistent teen minyan. It is during the all-important teen years that some young men can lose interest in attending synagogue. This, in turn, can have a spiraling effect. There are a myriad of possible reasons for this attendance


UnGarbled-Tech—Back to School with Chromebooks

For the past 20 years or so, The Garb Consulting Group LLC has been managing educational institutions, in addition to our business and medical practices.

In the past, school I.T. was the lower end of the totem pole of technology. I clearly remember starting my first day as a computer


Fright and a Prayer

When we purchased our house on New Bridge Road, we had no idea that it was as though we had attained real estate on something similar to the grounds of the Indy 500.

Each day we hear cars whiz by regardless of the speed limits, or the pedestrians living along the route.  It is no wonder to us


Organization Profile: Shem Olam, A Unique Institution of Holocaust Education and Research

Confined to the Lublin Ghetto, a young rabbi recorded the hopes and hardships of the community. He speaks to us, today, in the closing entry of his diary, found long after the Holocaust:

“Before the war, my wish was to bring greater faith and goodness into the world. Later, my dream was


Saying You Are Sorry

Today in the news we heard of a renowned tennis player who was mistaken by a plainclothes policeman to be a credit card scam artist. He was thrown to the ground and handcuffed in the middle of Manhattan as he repeatedly told the police officer that he was scared and was not sure what to say. Fifteen minutes after the police officer realized


The Ba’al Ne’ilah

During the First World War, fierce fighting took place between Russian forces and those of the Central Powers in the land of Galitzia. It was a scene of mass carnage.

Tens of thousands of Jews fought for both sides. One Russian Jewish soldier related the following event.


Caring For the Orphan and Widow

Question:When was the last time you invited a widow or orphan or an elderly couple or unmarried mom to your Shabbat or Yom Tov table, or sukkah, or Pesach seder? I mean really invite them as true equals and out of true love, not just out of chesed or obligation?


I Have a Confession To Make: Two Notes on the Approaching Day of Atonement

Viduy—we all have to face that chilling word when Yom Kippur approaches. Confessing is simply a process none of we humans like to undergo. As we mature, we of course develop a sense of responsibility for our personal actions and omissions, but no one really enjoys reviewing his past failings nor those of his neighbors,


Transitions and the Chaos of September

With the start of the new school year and the approaching chagim, September is an exciting time. However, for parents—and particularly for parents of a child with special needs—it can also be uniquely challenging and daunting.

Your children, whether they are starting at a new school or are

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