Sunday, August 14, 2022


If Only

Rav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, shlita, a prolific educator and talmid chacham, is mashgiach ruchani of Yeshiva Gaon Yaakov and the menahel of Yeshiva Orchos Torah in Bnei Brak. Part of the leadership of Chinuch Atzmai, he was a dedicated talmid and trusted confidant of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, zt”l.



The Encyclopedia Talmudit

I thought it would be interesting to discuss this monumental work that is still not finished. This is an encyclopedia in Hebrew that aims to summarize the halachic topics of the Talmud in alphabetical order. Each entry includes the opinions of the Geonim, Rishonim and Acharonim as well. The work on the project began in 1942; they


Philanthropist Kurt Rothschild Niftar at 101

Centenarian leader of religious Zionist movement and prominent Canadian Zionist leader passes away.

(Courtesy of Arutz Sheva) Kurt Rothschild, the president of the World Mizrachi movement, passed away Sunday. He was 101 years old.


All Daf Celebrates Siyumim in the UK

Two unforgettable daf yomi siyumim on masechet Yevamot took place in the United Kingdom a few weeks ago. The siyumim, which drew hundreds of local community members, were organized by All Daf, with the help of UK supporters and partners.

Joining the All Daf team were Rabbi Moshe Hauer, EVP of


Twenty-Five Years in Israel

On July 29, our family will celebrate 25 years in Israel. I want to use this quarter-century anniversary column to correct three of my own misconceptions about our aliyah.


1. My Israeliness


Summer 2022 at Moshava IO

Summer is the time for kids to let loose and enjoy themselves after a demanding academic school year. At Moshava, campers not only get to experience the emotional excitement of a sleepaway camp, but they also are immersed in a religious and Zionist educational environment.

At 18 years old, I


Does Nostalgia Influence Jewish Tradition, or Vice Versa?

On Simchat Torah, I was at shul dancing with the congregation. Parents, grandparents, teenagers and children were all present. As we were moving around, I noticed an 8-year-old boy dancing with his father in the circle.

Then the thought occurred to me: “This kid is going to remember this experience and


Kavkazi: The Forgotten Jews of Chechnya

The feeling of being a cultural and social outsider is not a foreign one to me. I grew up surrounded by ignorance regarding my family’s culture and history, which led to years of isolation and feeling like I don’t belong in any community.

My parents come from


Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever and the State of Israel

The saga regarding Ben & Jerry’s and its attempt to boycott Israel’s disputed territories continues. Last summer, Ben & Jerry’s, which was sold to Unilever in 2000, notified its Israeli licensee, American Quality Products (AQP) that it would not renew the Israeli license when it expires in December 2022 because Ben &


It’s Our Vacation—Why Are We Fighting So Much?

Dear Dr. Chani,

I recently returned from a week-long vacation with my husband. Unfortunately, it was far from the bliss I had expected. Instead, we seemed to be fighting all the time. Of course, we did enjoy the vacation, but, looking back, it seems like we had more tension than relaxation. This made me


Rabbi Simcha Green: A Journey Through the Earlier Days of YU

So often, while our local history is unfolding, there are people who quietly play what turns out to be an influential role in the development of someone or something that later becomes great or essential.

Growing up in Philadelphia just before and during the war, Rabbi Simcha Green


No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

As noted in a cover story in The Link last week, the OU’s Teach Coalition has announced the reopening of kosher meal distribution for families with children up to age 18 in many local communities and throughout New Jersey. I am not interested in the various comments of whether or not those in our communities really need this gift

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