Saturday, June 03, 2023


USCIS Announces Work-Authorization Eligibility For Certain H-4 Spouses

Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent


Teaneck to Montana: Highway 49 and the Vision Quest

Part I of III

Throughout American history, when Jews went West, the adventures and travails they faced on the road were not unique to them. In our times, this continues to be true: witness the following tale of a Teaneck family who heard the “call of the wild” and answered it:


Think Summer! Sleepaway Camp Tips for Parents

Tracy Levine did not have the ideal overnight camp experience, which she attributes to not attending the right camp for her. That is why now—as Director at One Happy Camper NJ (OHCNJ), a program of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life—she works tirelessly to help families find the right camp fit for their


The Success Story of Stan Steinreich

For Stan Steinreich, the world is an open conversation where barriers are broken through impactful, meaningful use of communication. Look at his accomplishments and one will see a man who has given the Jewish world much of his time, much of his efforts to see programs such as Birthright, the Jewish Federation for the Righteous,


Shemini: The Hyrax and the Hoopoe

Vayikra: 11: 1-29

A lonely hyrax sat on a windswept butte overlooking the verdant green valley below. He was a plump little fellow, about the size of a cat, who looked something like a rabbit who had eaten a few carrots too many—if you catch my drift—and he had deep brown fur with a white patch on


Ask and You Shall Receive

I find that people are generally very curious about mental health and mental illness. The human mind is a fascinating thing and people are interested to know what motivates us to do what we do and feel how we feel.

This week, I thought I’d share some of the more common questions I hear. At a


The Power of ‘Thank You’

“Thank you.”

Two little words that we hear on a daily basis, and yet there seems to be a strong deficit in the number of times we use this expression. In recent months I’ve observed the impact of “thank you” and the ways in which this can be therapeutic, beneficial, and overall


When Thinking Less Is Doing More

We are in a culture of doers. If there is something to get done, well, then get up and do it. In order to get things done, we plan, we theorize, we analyze, and then we execute an action plan. To put our dreams into motion is a very wonderful human ability. We create homes, families, jobs, communities, and so much more. The joys


Memories of a Mets Fan, Circa 1986

I know that son No.1 was home for the holidays. I know this because I hung Welcome Home signs all over the house so he would find them in the least expected places (bathroom, staircase landing, refrigerator). I know this because I greeted him when he came home from the airport in a snood that I bought in Monsey because I knew it


Is Tzara’at “The New Black”?

In school, my class recently learned the story in Sefer Bamidbar about Miriam’s tzara’at. According to the text, God inflicted her with tzara’at because she spoke badly of Moshe Rabbeinu behind his back. Tzara’at is well known for being a disease from Biblical times that was a punishment for lashon hara, evil speech and slander. As


The End of Mourning: Closure on a Year of Remembrance

The Ba’al Tefila(prayer leader) was old, probably in his 80s, his complexion wan, his hair snow white and thin, his posture stooped, but his voice was strong enough to reach every part of the large main sanctuary. You could hear a pin drop as he commenced the haunting Yizkor(remembrance) prayers on the last


Night Learning: The Power and Zechus of Kollel Chatzos

A Q&A with Rabbi Nechemye Hoffman

Rabbi Nechemye Hoffman is the founder and Director of Kollel Chatzos. A young, married father of 3, he started the first kollel in 2011 with just 14 members and a dream. Four years later there are four locations and the power

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