Friday, March 24, 2023


The Real Purim Gelt

On most holidays, children make do with candies and nuts, but on Purim and Chanukah they can look forward to actual gelt, whether as gifts or as rewards for delivering mishloach manot. Purim has a history with money, going back to the beginning. Haman said to Achashverosh, “I will pay 10,000 talents of silver to the king’s


Jay Leno Steps Up for Israel Once Again

New York—Famed comedian and longtime Tonight Show Host Jay Leno will be stepping up once again in support of Israel. For the third year running, Leno will headline a special night to benefit Israel. In 2014 and 2015, Leno hosted the Genesis Prize award ceremony in Israel, following which he was attacked on social media for his


Love Makes a Bar Mitzvah for Boys Town Jerusalem Student

A Bar Mitzvah party was David’s* dream for years. David, a studious, popular eighth grader at Boys Town Jerusalem, was looking forward to his dream coming true when the unthinkable happened. Six weeks before his 13th birthday, his parents filed for divorce. His parents blocked each other’s plans to hold the Bar Mitzvah. Plans


Bat Mitzvah Girl Seeks Accessories for Bet Elazraki Children’s Home

In honor of my upcoming bat mitzvah I decided that I wanted to do a meaningful chesed project. After thinking about different plans and ideas, I decided that I would like to collect accessories to be donated to girls who are less fortunate than us. It is so nice that people donate necessities like clothing to children in


Jewish Home Hosts Innovative Intergenerational Bat Mitzvah Program

On Wednesday evening, February 17, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh hosted a unique bat mitzvah education program called, “One Generation Tells Another: An Interactive Conversation About Meaningful Jewish Living.”

The program was the brainchild of Rebbetzin Chani Krohn of the


Mysteries for Kids

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

By Chris Grabenstein

Random House, 2013

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Libraryis about a boy named Kyle Keeley who wins an


Celebrating the Life of Jewish Radio Personality Norman Laster, z”l

Norman Laster, a pioneer in the field of Jewish radio, died on Tuesday, March 15, at the age of 80. A long-time resident of Fair Lawn, Mr. Laster was best known for the radio programs he produced and hosted for decades. His signature program was the “Neshama” segment of Nachum Segal’s “Jewish Music in the


Transitioning to Self-Employment

For Americans who aren’t confident they are saving enough for a comfortable retirement, one response is to work longer. Theoretically, this gives you more years to save and fewer years to live on savings. The math for extending your earning years makes sense, but research and anecdotal evidence suggest it’s not as easy as telling your


The Importance of Building Trust

“The glue that holds all relationships together—including the relationship between the leader and the led—is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy

Perhaps the most trusted American of all time was George Washington. Washington led our nation militarily and then


Pomegranate Giving for Youth Day Seeks to Perform ‘In-Reach’

Six months have passed since Rosh Hashana 5776 and during that time, Klal Yisrael has lost 57 neshamos in the tri-state area (below the age of 35) to suicide and drug and alcohol overdoses.

“Considerable effort has been focused on Jewish outreach, but what about in-reach, dealing with our own


AIPAC Applause and the Mob Mentality

During every single speech from the AIPAC Policy Conference’s general sessions, where the entire population in attendance assembled in the Verizon Center, it felt to me as if the audience applauded every two minutes. If the speaker said something that most of the audience even vaguely agreed with, and of course there were a ton of sound


We Are Embarrassed

We were driving back from Montreal on Shushan Purim and could not believe the discussions that were taking place on the radio. It didn’t really matter which station we turned to—it was everywhere! The latest vital information regarding the presidential race in the Republican Party had to do with the candidates’ very private lives,

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