Friday, February 03, 2023


Parshat Chukat: More Than Just the Para Aduma

Today’s parsha opens with the oft-discussed law of the para aduma. Due to our familiarity with this portion we may tend to connect the entire Parshat Chukat to this one subject. Our rabbinic authorities, however, do not.

Tellingly, the haftorah selection today is taken from Sefer Shoftim and connects


“No Phone Beyond”

Week to week most IT columnists browse tech websites and talk to IT professionals looking for the most updated and current technologies to write about. This year my family was blessed to have a client fly us to California (thank God for points/miles). After some meetings with the client—traffic for an hour each way, smog, and


Terumah 5775: The People’s House

Though it was God’s house, it never became His Majesty’s Temple.

The Mishkan was the very first people’s house. God commands Moses to accept contributions from anyone, whatever their heart desires (kol nediv libo) to donate to the Tabernacle. And, as I’ve written in a previous year, God finds a


A Zisen Pesach?

Last year, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio extended his greetings to Jewish residents celebrating Pesach, telling the audience of Zev Brenner’s Saturday night radio program: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, on behalf of myself, Chirlane and the entire City of New York, a Happy Passover holiday, or as we say in Italian:


The Vashti Monologues

Megillat Esther: Chapter 1

I once heard someone say, “Uneasy is the head that wears a crown.”* Personally, I’ll be happy if I still have my head at the end of the day.

I’m really not sure how it all got so out of hand. Things were


Modern Orthodoxy—Modern or Orthodox?

Modern Orthodoxy. Either you are modern or you are Orthodox, my friend Josh Notkin taught me. If you are Orthodox, then that must be the essence of who you are, it’s your philosophy of life. Being modern is simply a flavor and secondary and can influence our way of being Orthodox, but modern secular values must never be allowed to


Highlights of CES 2015

The largest and most covered trade show, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) took place last week, and offered way too many cool gadgets to fit into a single column, so we’ll look at some that might make you say Really? Or WOW! CES is inspiring when new items and companies start releasing new items. It gives the global


Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Diplomatic protocol is sacrosanct to world leaders. Adherence to the unofficial rules of international diplomacy is universally expected and any deviation from those rubrics is viewed as a serious breach of this unwritten code.

As savvy as he is, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States,


Restaurants Open For Pesach 2015

New Jersey

Jerusalem Glatt(Atlantic City)

Park Place– (Highland Park)

Prime Ninety Five– 95 E Kennedy Blvd (Lakewood)





No Makeup Please

It is hard being a woman. We have to do everything and do it well in order to avoid criticism. Let’s be honest, we live in a man’s world—they get paid more, they get better jobs, they lose weight faster andthey don’t have to shave if they don’t want to. You think a man would be able to tolerate laser hair


Ransomware Crypto Files

If I would get  $1 for every client who asks me. “How could I get a virus? I have (Insert your Anti-Virus program here).” I would be a rich man.

In the past issues, I have written about anti-virus protection and the latest threats. Removing a virus properly can take hours for the scanning

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