Saturday, June 03, 2023


Mass Participation at Second Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Test

Torah World Celebrates Release of New Dirshu Sefer Chofetz Chaim

“Es shmekt der Geulah—It has the aroma of the geulah!” exclaimed the venerated senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, upon seeing and perusing Dirshu’s new edition of the


NORPAC: There’s a First Time for Everything

Impressive. That is the best way to describe my first NORPAC mission to Washington last week.

Like many of my fellow Teaneck/Bergenfield/New Milford coreligionists, my thoughts about NORPAC were “great to have it, but I am not taking off a day from work to go advocate in Washington” or “I


Naso: The Coca Cola Nazirite

Once in the town of Spring Lake there lived a girl named Sari who loved Coca Cola. Now, I know what you’re thinking: who doesn’t love a nice glass of Coke every once in a while? It’s “the pause that refreshes,” after all. But I mean Sari really loved Coca Cola. She drank it morning, noon, and night (And I can only speak for


Three Sons and a Basement?

Some columns have the ability to write themselves. I have recently found myself in several situations where the people speaking to me start with “please don’t write about this.” I never know if I should be flattered or insulted. Sometimes things happen that go into the memory banks and one day, if I can still remember them, I will


Who Touched My Eyeballs?

I’m pleased to say that I have some information that will take a lot of the stress off going to your optometrist for an eye exam. I’m not talking about allthe stress. He’s still going to try to touch your eyeball when you’re looking away.

He does this so he can gauge the


The Mindset of Competitiveness

Spoiler alert: This column installment talks about finding a balance. It’s a cliche theme that I’ve used before, and I apologize for bringing it up once again, but to me it’s a very important thing to remember when I encounter different issues both in my own life and in the society we live in. In fact, what I’m about to discuss


Rabbis Can Help Jewish Women Obtain Gets

By now, everyone in the Jewish community is well aware of the recently concluded trial of the rabbis accused of using illegal pressure tactics to force Jewish men into giving their wives a Get (religious divorce) to permit the wife a religious remarriage. The anguish of the agunah, or chained woman, who would forever be bound to a


Back From the Future

We were starting to think that we were coming of age in the technological world. Yes, it is true that our young grandchildren, those below the teenage years, could give us tutorials on how to use our computers and our smartphones, but slowly we were grooving it (or so we thought).

Admittedly, Mordechai


Letting the Stories Teach Tefillos

For Rabbi Eliezer L. Abish, a conversation with an 8-year-old daughter of a cousin living in Israel changed everything.

He was then teaching third grade Chumash. He asked the young girl to describe her classroom day. She was in third grade; he taught third grade. Rabbi Abish told the little girl


The Family House

My friend Sara died. That was five years ago. Upon returning from vacation and discovering her obituary in the newspaper, I cried. I still miss Sara; but, you may say, she was 92. That doesn’t make it any easier; she was my friend. Although I was a quarter of a century younger than she, we would sit in her kitchen and speak about


The Importance of Pre-Planning a Funeral

Although the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) endorses pre-planning a funeral, it is an idea that can leave most people feeling a little uneasy. However, according to the NFDA, preplanning a funeral can offer great emotional and financial security and ensures that a funeral reflects what the deceased had wanted. It also frees


What Causes Brain Fog?

Brain Fog is not a medically recognized diagnosis but rather an accumulation of symptoms that include feelings of confusion, forgetfulness and lack of focus and mental clarity.

Its many causes include lack of sleep, low blood sugar, seasonal allergies and dehydration or electrolyte imbalance

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