Friday, July 03, 2020


In Memory of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z”l: A Personal Reflection

I met Dr. Lamm in Israel in the summer of 1977. Dr. Lamm was staying at the same hotel as my parents in Yerushalayim when they came to visit me during my year at BMT. At breakfast just a few tables away, Dr. Lamm was sitting reading The Jerusalem Post. I remember my father took me to say hello to him. In a short conversation, Rabbi


‘Shavuot-to-Go’ Packages Bring Some Cheer

The West Orange/Livingston Chesed Committee provided more than 200 “Shavuot to Go” meals for the community. The packages included four beautifully presented meals, with the dairy catered by Jerusalem Restaurant and the meat by Shimon Nissel/Shimtal Catering. The teen volunteer group, Deliver Together, helped distribute


Youth Keep Raising the Bar on Acts of Chesed

It has been three months of “craziness,” yet the young people in our community are still creating new and creative chesed opportunities to show their hakarat hatov to our first responders. In this sense, we are definitely winning the battle.

Beginning with


Teaneck Artist Extends Chesed to Feed the Hungry

Well-known local artist Miriam Stern of Teaneck, devastated by the overwhelming economic effects of the coronavirus, has decided to feed the hungry in the manner that best suits her great talent. From June 7-14, an art sale featuring Stern’s works will be on display at


It’s Never Too Late to Create

“Red is the color of my anger,” remarked a middle school art student of mine. As an art educator, this type of analogy is tantalizing for a teacher engaging the creative side of her students. But the announcement caught me by surprise as this particular student was never much interested in expressing himself in any creative way, verbal


A Most Memorable Bar Mitzvah

HASC Center Group Home celebrates Yosef’s drive-by bar mitzvah.

(Courtesy of HASC) In the Mill Basin community of Brooklyn sits an unassuming house. From the inside, however, this house is quite unique. While many communities sport one or several group homes for


Halting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses in 2020

Before the outbreak of the coronavirus and the resulting lockdown, Larry Prince and Robert Berger, members of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, came up with the idea to run an interactive seminar to educate students before they embark on their college experiences.

Their free community-wide interactive


Gerush America

Let’s face it. Zionism happens. It has to. And it happens in one of three ways: 1) by force 2) by choice after Moshiach or 3) by choice, prior to Moshiach coming. The grim reality now may cause us to think about any one of these three scenarios. Mistress America isn’t looking as attractive as she once was and it may be time to


אולפן עברית Learn the words in Hebrew to figure out the joke below:

He labeled - כִּינָה

Me - אוֹתִי

Liar - שַׁקְרָן  

Don’t take it to heart - אַל תִּקַּח לַלֵּב   

But -


Can I Have My Friends and My Marriage Too?

Dear Dr. Chani,

I would like your advice on a long-standing concern about friendship and marriage that I am currently facing head on. When I was in yeshiva, as a 23-year-old, I began watching my closest friends get married, one by one. At first, I was genuinely happy for them and looked forward to their


Shoshana Schechter Named Stern College’s First Associate Dean of Torah Studies

(Courtesy of YU) Shoshana Schechter (’91) has been named the first associate dean for Torah studies at Stern College for Women. She will work, starting on July 1, under Dr. Karen Bacon, the Mordecai D. Katz and Monique C. Katz dean of the undergraduate faculty of arts and sciences.



Laundry Room and Workbench Makeover

As my personal home organizing projects continue, I’d like to share some lessons learned. As many of you know, I love doing laundry. My laundry room is a form of a sanctuary for me. The simple act of putting dirty clothes into the washing machine and then into the dryer with the proper products and temperature settings results in