Friday, June 09, 2023


Camp 613 Is Ready for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and the staff at Camp 613 couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store! Camp 613 is located at Lifeplex Health Club, in Monsey, New York. Now in its 16th season of operation and in its 10th season at Lifeplex, Camp 613 continues to expand its outstanding programming in a facility that is truly


Bava Batra 47

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

This week we learned Bava Batra 47. Here are some highlights.

Bava Batra 47: I missed the afternoon service because I feared walking


Freedom, the Torah Way

Part II

I have to admit that I had an entirely different topic in mind for this month’s article. However, in his pre-Purim Shabbos dvar Torah, Rabbi Jeremy Donath reminded me of how lucky I am to be part of the previous generation. In his poignant words on the relevant lessons offered in the


Two Fabulous Torah Insights From Shaarei Orah Members Joel Mizrahi and Shalom Shushan

Fantastic and lively Torah discussions are a hallmark of Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck. Very often, significant chidushei Torah(novel Torah insights) are developed in the course of discussion. Let us share two groundbreaking ideas from two beloved congregants, Joel Mizrahi and Shalom


What Is the Origin of the Words Erev and Boker?

Erev and boker are words that are well-known to us. But exactly how did they develop the meanings of “evening” and “morning”?

The verb ayin-resh-bet (henceforth “ARB”) has several meanings; one of them is “mix.” See, e.g., Ps. 106:35: va-yitarvu va-goyim. The “mix” meaning


Moral Purity

Parshat Parah

As the Pesach holiday approached, it was essential to remind the people that one must maintain a state of “purity,” as one who was “impure” could not partake of the Korban Pesach. For this reason, both this week’s special maftir reading as well as the accompanying


Growth Discomfort

“So I was on a roll—I was an executive with a nice salary, annual bonuses and stock options, all the perks. Everything was on track…

“And on Monday, January 7, 2008, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, in a small conference room on the top floor of our building, the president of the company


A Stubborn Virtue

Yes, it seemed somewhat strange! We all laughed, but it was a little awkward. It was at our wedding. As I was about to put the ring on my wife’s finger, a rabbi standing under the chupah said to me loud enough that other people could hear, “Remember, there is no way out!” Those words echoed in my ears for quite some time and


Parshat Parah: Mussar From the Plumber

The Jewish year comes to a close with Adar (using the prescribed method for counting months, which starts with Nisan). With the close of this cycle, we read Parshat Parah. Then, around the corner we read Parshat Hachodesh in Nisan to herald in the new year.

What’s the significance of these


The Future of Education Is Our Mesorah

The secret solutions to our generation’s most vexing educational and chinuch challenges grow from the roots of our mesorah.

For the first time in history, children know more about navigating the world in which they live than their teachers. Students instantly fact-check classroom


South Jersey’s Only Yeshiva High School Raises $500K in 24-Hour Campaign

Foxman Torah Institute, a Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva High School located in Cherry Hill, NJ, would like to publicly announce its amazing gratitude to Hashem and over 1,000 donors for the success of its Charidy campaign. The all-or-nothing campaign lasted just 24 hours, from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and


Scraping By

As a writer, I tend to spend a lot of time cleaning, mostly to push off writing articles. Except before Pesach, when I write articles to push off cleaning. So today, the plan is to write an article aboutcleaning. I think the universe is going to explode. But at least if it does, I can use that as an

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