Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Passover Listings Encourages Travelers To Post Reviews About Their Programs

(Courtesy of Passover Listings) When Passover begins this year on April 15, thousands of families across the country will be spending the holiday at luxurious, five-star resorts, enjoying first-class kosher-for-Pesach food, amenities, top-notch lectures and concerts, children’s entertainment, schmoozing and more.


Claiming Future Memories

We are going to say Yizkor on the last day of Passover. Some of us will say Yizkor for our parents. Some of us, like my father, will also say it for the children who perished in the Holocaust, those who have no one to remember them.

Yizkor means to “remember.” It is fitting that we


Timna, Ruth, Rachav, Naama and Onkelos

Conversion to Judaism

Yevamot 24b,46b and 47b.

The purpose of this article is to introduce the reader to the Jewish laws of conversion and not to decide any halachic question the reader may have. For a psak, please consult your posek.


Let the Haggadah Be Your Guide

Pesach is a time to ask questions and to reflect on ourselves. Throughout the Haggadah, we are supposed to ask questions, and sometimes we forget that it’s not only the straightforward questions that are written.

Part of the Seder consists of the four questions that help us look upon what is different


The Value of Smachot

Life in our Orthodox community is, in many contexts, from food to education to housing, overwhelmingly expensive. For some people, these expenses represent a barrier to entry; for others, a constant stressor; for others still, a reason to maintain aspects of our lifestyle that detract from our most meaningful sense of self


Where the American Orthodox Rabbis Go Wrong on Conversion Reform

The Americans’ misconceptions about the norms of current Israeli conversion blind them to the value of the reforms that many of their Israeli counterparts see.

As a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and as one who is deeply familiar with the field of conversion in


Chaim Potok and Core-to-Core Cultural Confrontation

My whole world has been an effort to utilize the sophisticated learning at the [Jewish Theological] seminary for fiction, the very sophisticated learning at the University of Pennsylvania, where I got my doctorate in secular philosophy, very deliberately chosen to see what the center of the Western World was really like… All that


Start Praying

Mark Twain once quipped, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. However, when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in just seven years.”

In a similar vein, at my older brother’s graduation from Yeshiva Shaarei


Raise Your Spirits Theatre Releases ‘REBECCA!’ in Time for Pesach

In the days leading up to Pesach, Raise Your Spirits Theatre released the video (for women only) and audio recording (for everyone) of our latest biblical operetta, “REBECCA! Mother of Two Dynasties.” It is a story of great faith, love, courage, and the hope of reconciliation between the descendants


The Geula Art Fair Returns

(Courtesy of the Leviim Art Gallery) Following the incredible success of the first Art Fair on Chol Hamoed Sukkos, the Leviim Art Gallery is bringing back the Geula Jewish Street Art Fair. The Fair will be held on Tuesday, the second day of Chol Hamoed Pesach, April 19, 2022, from 12 to 7 pm, in front of the Jewish Children’s


First Came the Rain, Then Came the Tulips

Several years back, my father, a congregational rabbi for the Young Israel of Scarsdale, led a group of men to Israel on a spiritual safari. One excursion, they hiked up a large mountain in the Jordan desert for morning prayers. While the group stood motionless, in silence, mesmerized by the breathtaking landscape, my


The Flipped Classroom

As I walk into RYNJ, I can’t help but notice how carefree the preschoolers are, happily playing with their friends, the first- and second-graders running to their classrooms, and a sixth-grader climbing the stairs with me as she relates her excitement for that new book coming out in exactly six months and two days. I will forever be

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