Tuesday, August 11, 2020


What Jewish Life Will Look Like on College Campuses This Fall

This is part two of a three-part series outlining what four different college campuses and Jewish life organizations are implementing to accommodate students this fall.

Students attending Binghamton University in the fall will continue to experience changes to their traditional academic


Examining Egypt’s Pharaohs and The Exodus

Reviewing: “Pharaoh: Biblical History, Egypt, and the Missing Millennium” by Alexander Hool (Mosaica Press, 2020)

Even before the advent of modern Egyptology, scholars have long sought to positively identify the Pharaoh of Egypt who lived in the time of the Exodus. With


Unmasking Your Smile

והוי מקבל את כל האדם בםבר פנים יפות

…and receive everyone with a cheerful face.

(Avot 1, 15)

In what now seems long ago during normal


Pain Cycle: ‘We Don’t Treat Ribs!’

Wintertime in Northern New Jersey is noted for its variable weather conditions. Though snowstorms occur with some regularity, they aren’t a constant problem for the residents. One particular January morning, a Sunday morning to be exact, Jake Rabinowitz, being a dutiful grandfather, had agreed to accompany his


Try to Keep Up

I’m not blaming anybody here, but it would be nice if someone had any idea what was going on. Like a really solid understanding.

Okay, so first of all, you know all those rules that were supposed to be keeping us safe? Every day the rules change. Society is relaxing the rules for certain things in a


Digital Dating

Normally, the Shabbos after Tisha B’Av, known as Shabbos Nachamu (“Sabbath of Comforting”), is a very busy singles weekend. In these COVID times, however, Shabbos Nachamu was a non-event for those in the dating world. Sadly, socializing and social-distancing do not go together, just like Greco-Roman wrestling and Shomer Negiah do not


Brighten Your Day With a Mask That Keeps the Germs Away

Everyone knows we will have to wear masks for the foreseeable future. But masks don’t have to be a drag—they can be fun! Just because masks are now a necessity doesn’t mean they can’t be a cute fashion accessory.

We created our business, ColorMeSafe, to help


Sunscreen Use on Shabbat

With many praying outside on Shabbat, rabbis are frequently asked whether we are permitted to use sunscreen on Shabbat. The issue centers on the topic of memarei’ach.


Memarei’ach refers to “smoothing soft, pliable substances that may be pressed


Speaking From the Heart

Parshat Va’etchanan/ Shabbat Nachamu

“L’eylah min kol birchata v’shirata, tushb’chata v’nechemata da’amiran b’olma…” The familiar words of the Kaddish express the fact that Hashem is beyond all blessings, songs, praises and “nechemata, consolation.” Our rabbis have commented


A Memory for Shabbat Nachamu

Even after all these years, the summer of 2008 will forever be burned in my mind. What started out as a very happy and enjoyable summer turned into a whirlwind of fear and unknown, only to bring me back to the most calm and secure places. These events serve as a reminder, consoling me to keep my emuna and to feel Hashem in the


On July 3, 1861, the Pasha Gave the Keys of Jerusalem to the Chief Rabbi

In this column, I am going to summarize an article from Hakirah, vol. 25 (2018) by Meir Loewenberg. (The article is online at hakirah. org.)

On June 25, 1861, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire died and there was a new sultan.

Eight days later, on July 3, the chief


The Humiliation of Applying For Yeshiva Tuition Assistance: There Is Hope

Part II (Read Part I here.) 

I was raised in a home where anyone who came knocking on the door requesting tzedakah was met with a cold glass of water or a cup of