Saturday, January 28, 2023


Zera Shimshon on Parshas Bo

וַיֹּ֤אמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה בֹּ֖א אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה כִּֽי־אֲנִ֞י הִכְבַּ֤דְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ֙ וְאֶת־לֵ֣ב עֲבָדָ֔יו לְמַ֗עַן שִׁתִ֛י אֹתֹתַ֥י אֵ֖לֶּה בְּקִרְבּֽוֹ׃ ולְמַ֡עַן תְּסַפֵּר֩

The Second of Shvat: The Origin of This Festive Day Found in Megillat Taanit

Megillat Taanit is a work from the first century CE which lists festive days when Jews were not allowed to fast. On some of them—the more important ones—eulogizing was prohibited as well.

Megillat Taanit is the earliest known rabbinic document to have survived. It is mentioned in the mishna at Taanit


The Case for Investing in Young Professionals



Should I be a psychologist or work in high tech? Is this the person I should marry and build a home with? Should I make aliyah? Am I the same religiously as I was a few years ago? In what community should I settle as I begin my family life?


Remembering Rav Moshe Kahn, zt”l

I lost my rebbe today.

Rav Soloveitchik gave the first Gemara shiur to women in Stern College in 1977. But, what happened on day two?

Rav Willig completed the rest of the year’s Gemara teaching. But, when he wanted to spend more time at Yeshiva University uptown,


The Legacy of Rav Moshe Kahn, zt”l

I watched my rebbe be buried yesterday next to a sefer Torah. How incredibly fitting for a walking sefer Torah to be buried beside one.

I was a student of Rav Moshe Kahn for five years, both in Stern College and GPATS, and a colleague for nearly two decades. Much has been written and said about his style


Rav Moshe Kahn, zt”l

Rav Moshe Kahn—leading teacher of Gemara to women—passed away early Wednesday morning, January 18.

Following many years of study at RIETS as a student of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, receiving semicha in 1975 and Yadin Yadin in 1979, Rav Moshe Kahn began teaching—first at JSS. Fatefully,


A Hesped for Rabbi Moshe Kahn, zt”l

Birshut rabbanim and teachers, Rebbetzin Kahn, Eli, Chavi, Tzvi and the whole family, my fellow students of Rabbi Kahn and everyone assembled.

I am humbled to be representing the thousands of students of my dear rebbe, and also deeply afraid of not doing justice to the giant that he was. I will do my


My Teacher, Rabbi Moshe Kahn, zt”l

There’s a beautiful midrash (Midrash Rabba, Parasha 24) that explains that Adam ha’rishon, the first man, was given a preview of all the generations that were destined to descend from him:

God revealed to Adam each generation with its scholars, each generation and its wise men, each generation and


Federal, State and County Law Enforcement Officials Hold Multiple Meetings With Jewish Leaders Following Threats

Top law enforcement officials have been demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the safety and security of New Jersey’s Jewish communities, holding a series of meetings with top leaders at several locations statewide.

New Jersey


An In-Depth Look at Payment of Yeshiva Tuition Following Divorce

While many attorneys and clients are aware of basic financial provisions that must be included in almost every divorce agreement—alimony, child support, equitable distribution—there are certain financial considerations that should not be overlooked for those in Orthodox Jewish communities. Payment of yeshiva tuition is one such


‘The Daughter of Auschwitz’ Author Speaks in Highland Park

One of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, spoke to a broad cross-section of the Highland Park community on the evening of Thursday, January 5, at the Highland Park Public Library. The packed room had audience members sitting on the floor when even the arrival of additional chairs could


Yad Vashem Installs ‘Book of Names’

(Courtesy of Yad Vashem) Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust remembrance center in Jerusalem, inaugurated a new installation titled “The Book of Names of Holocaust Victims” that will be on display at United Nations headquarters in New York City as part of the United Nations Outreach Program on Holocaust

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