Thursday, March 23, 2023


Pomegranate Day of Giving to Be Held on April 12

It will be achdus in every sense of the word on Tuesday, April 12, as 23 organizations from all across the globe will unite in a 24-hour group effort to raise money for troubled teens and the institutions that serve them. The quadruple-matched, all or nothing, $2 million campaign, designated as the official “Pomegranate Day of


Day-To-Day Terrorism: Implications of the Current Security Situation

Just a few days ago, I was a witness to terrorism first-hand. I was in an ice cream store in Jerusalem with a few friends and another group of college-aged girls in an enclosed seating section of the store, when an approximately 5-year-old Arab-looking boy slid open the door, dropped a small, white pill inside, shut the door and ran out.


Jew in the City Hosts Orthodox Jewish All-Stars Premiere Party

This past Thursday was Jew in the City’s Fourth Annual Orthodox Jewish All-Stars Premiere Party, which honored an astonishingly accomplished and diverse group of individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their respective fields while maintaining a Torah-observant lifestyle. Hundreds of guests attended the red


I Am a Triathlete, and I Don’t Roll on Shabbos

In 2007, I started on a journey that would become my own personal blend of triathlon and Orthodox Judaism.

Everyone knows Orthodox Jews don’t eat pork or shellfish.

Well if they didn’t, they do now.


Chazaq Big Event Draws Big Names in Torah, Politics, Entertainment

Queens College’s Colden Auditorium was filled to capacity for the second year running as local Jewish outreach organization Chazaq held its 4 thAnnual Big Event. Living up to its name, everything about the event was “big,” from the size of the audience (over 2,000 in attendance), to the high-profile personalities


Camp Dora Golding Crowns Purim Costume Winners

CDG campers Pinny and Ben Balsam of Bergenfield were chosen as the winners of the grand Camp Dora Golding Purim Costume Contest. The brothers dressed up as paint-splotched painters together with their sister, and were awarded a $50 Amazon gift card for their creative costumes. Well done!


A Winter’s Ride Like No Other

It was back in December 2002 when I was assigned the task of training a team of young Jewish-American athletes who were scheduled to play a series of “friendly” ice hockey exhibition games in Metulla against the Israeli National Junior team. Upon our arrival we were treated royally by our hosts in this small, quiet border town in


llluminated Haggadah Fair, Rabbi Soloveichik Lecture Among Inbal Hotel’s Passover ProgramsSoloveich


Jerusalem—The deluxe Inbal Jerusalem Hotel will be offering its guests several important programs during the busy Passover holiday, namely its annual Illuminated Haggadah Fair on Mon., April 25 and lectures from noted New York Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

The theme of the exhibit will be “Paths


Those Were the Days

Last week we were surprised with tickets to see a Broadway show. It is not something that we have the opportunity to do frequently and we were elated. Nothing in our life is taken for granted and going to Broadway is not an everyday occurrence for us. Nina remembers being taken out by her friends several weeks before our marriage to see a


Teaneck: Ir HaKodesh?

As American Jews, we are thankfully a diverse group. But nearly all of us have at least one thing in common. We or our parents or grandparents were born in one city and have moved to another, often to many others.

My father’s father, for example, was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, moved


Smelly Taxes

No one likes doing their taxes. Yet according to recent reports, Americans spend 7.6 billion hours doing them every year. Go figure.

But as it turns out, taxes aren’t that scary. There are always things you can deduct, such as any money you spent buying tax-related items. So, for example, if you bought



Everyone loves their kid’s smile. When they are babies and we make them smile or laugh, it’s akin to winning the lottery. I still remember the first time I made son #1 giggle uncontrollably. I was opening a garbage bag and I said, “Whoops!” He could not stop laughing. It was absolutely precious. So I kept doing it. I guess that is

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