Saturday, June 03, 2023


Shavuot 1915: The Expulsion of Jews From Lithuania and Courland, One Century Later

It was a time of trial and tribulation for World Jewry. Shavuot 1915 was one of the largest single expulsions of Jews since the Roman era. Over 200,000 Jews in Lithuania and Courland would be abruptly forced from their homes into dire circumstances.

With the advance of the German army on the eastern


You’re Asking Me? Shavuot Edition

Welcome back to “You’re Asking Me?” where we attempt to answer questions sent in by people who fortunately have fake names, so they won’t be embarrassed. I don’t know how they got through school, though.

Dear Mordechai,



Frisch Lag B’Omer Program in Memory of Alisa Flatow, z”l, Features Charlie Harary

Paramus—To commemorate the twen­­tieth yahrzeit of Frisch alumna Alisa Flatow z”l, The Frisch School held a memorial lecture on Thursday, May 7 featuring renowned speaker Charlie Harary. More than 600 students and faculty—as well as members of Flatow’s family and many of her classmates—were in


Behar: What’s THAT Got to Do With It?

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain

In rabbinic and talmudic circles, it’s fashionable to ask how two


Ohr Saadya: A Growing Teaneck Shul With That ‘Out of Town’ Feel

Is it possible to live in Teaneck and still get that small-town feeling? Well, the members of Ohr Saadya believe it is and pride themselves that their shul exudes the warmth and friendliness that one associates with a small town. Founded in 2007, this Queen Anne Road shul, located half a mile south of Cedar Lane, is the


Bechukotay: Cursed

Vayikra: 26: 3-46

Frieda could always tell when one of Jason’s job interviews had gone badly. They lived in a fourth-floor walkup in an older section of Hoboken, and from their kitchen window you could see clear down to the bus stop on Washington Street. When things had gone well, Jason would come off


Hike of a Lifetime

I made aliyah going into 11 thgrade from Teaneck to Ma’ale Adumim at what people like to call “the impossible age,” 16 years old. I am currently doing Sheirut Leumi as a madricha in an Ulpana (girls’ high school) in Beit Shemesh, helping Olot Chadashot. I believe that although making aliyah is very challenging, it’s


Watch What You Say

Several days ago we were in Costco. Yes, we were members in Montreal as well. Part of our mission for that day was to buy several packages of cold cuts. As Nina picked up a package of corned beef she noticed that the date on the package had expired. She then picked up a package of turkey and that package as well was very close to the expiry


Prosper From Those Who’ve Lived Long

If Star Trek were real and Spock were alive today, he might expound upon his famous salutation (“Live long and prosper”) by stating the benefits of living a long life. He might declare that living a long life is not only good in and of itself, but also because living a long life means we’ve accumulated much knowledge and,


Positive Psychology and Torah Wisdom:

Combating Anxiety and Depression—Part I

Last month, I had the privilege of listening to Rachelle Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali, one of the three boys kidnapped and brutally murdered by Hamas this past summer. Mrs. Fraenkel is a master teacher and Torah scholar. The courage, emunah,


Bespoke Barbers: Kosher Cuts, and More Than Just a Haircut

Andre “Dre” Perrin, owner of Bespoke Barbers, has been cutting hair in the Teaneck area for over 20 years. His new shop, Bespoke, had its official grand opening May 3.

Perrin first learned to cut hair when he was 13. “My friend was the neighborhood barber. I loved the way he could


Another Day, Another Scam

My heart almost stopped when I saw it on Facebook. Someone had posted and tagged a bunch of his friends, saying: “Fox Breaking News—16 people are confirmed dead in a roller coaster accident that occurred at Universal Studios in Florida. The roller coaster appeared to have suffered a mechanical breakdown, causing it to veer off the

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