Monday, September 26, 2022


Ketubot 75a: Better to Have Loved a Short Girl

On Ketubot 75a, Rava resolved a difficult baraita dealing with a prominent woman. The husband doesn’t like that his wife has taken vows, but doesn’t wish to divorce her because that would render him forbidden to her prominent family members. The talmudic narrator asks why the same assumption cannot be applied to the end of that baraita


Choose Your Blesson

During these first weeks of the new school year, amid the usual start-of-school logistics and preparations, were the inevitable moments of recognition that we had a challenge of some kind on our hands. For example, we began this school year with a broken elevator, and our early childhood building is a fairly vertical one that houses over


Reflections on My Experience Running for Governor

In a few days, the Jewish world will begin to celebrate the High Holy days beginning with the new year, Rosh Hashanah.

While many in the secular world use January 1 to make personal resolutions, merriment and party preparations are overwhelmingly the norm. In Jewish custom, new year holiday preparation


Why I’m Running for Teaneck BOE

As a Teaneck resident for 30 years, I am running to become a trustee of the Teaneck Board of Education in the November election. I previously served as a re-elected trustee from 2013-18 and am quite aware of the inner workings and the work commitment to being a member of the BOE. During my tenure, the board became increasingly data-driven


Notes From an Unrepentant Chazan (in the Season of Repentance)

This year will be my 48th consecutive year leading services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

It’s a task that I don’t take lightly. In prior years, once Tisha B’Av was over, I’d dust off my Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur machzorim, and begin practicing. (See the photo … Although they are


Q&A With US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides

Author’s note: I am very grateful to embassy photographer David Azagury, spokesperson Kristin Stewart, and deputy embassy spokesperson Peter Neisuler for all their help in preparing this news story. I offer a particular thanks to U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides who made this interview by email a priority. This article was only slightly


One Woman, Many Hats

As I’m sure many of you can relate, I go through my life wearing many different “hats.” First and foremost, I am an eved Hashem: I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a morah who has the immense privilege of instilling Torah in HKB”H’s beautiful children. In addition to all these pieces of my identity, I carry another


אולפן עברית

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

Hurry - מַהֵר

I'm going - אֲנִי הוֹלֶכֶת

To write - לִכְתֹּב

I thought - חָשַׁבְתִּי


It’s Kosher: A Feast Fit for a Queen

A royal sight to behold: It was Tuesday, February 28, 1997—the Queen had invited Ezer Weizmann, the president of Israel, to a special royal banquet to mark the first-ever state visit to Britain by an Israeli head of state. The banqueting tables of Buckingham Palace have been laid out to perfection, with only the finest dishes and


Hal Linden and Bernie Kopell: Two Down-to-Earth Jews, Talking

They’re bright, talented, and exceptionally funny—also unpretentious and famous, which is not an oxymoron here. Actors Hal Linden and Bernie Kopell, who are 91 and 89, respectively, star in Two Jews Talking, written by Ed Weinberger and directed by Dan Wackerman. It runs at Manhattan’s Theatre at St. Clement’s


Japan and the Jews: Tikotin Museum Exhibit Highlights Humanism and Survival

(Courtesy of Tikotin Museum) As Israel marks the occasion of 70 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, the Tikotin Museum of the Haifa Museums, the only museum of its type in the Middle East dedicated to preserving and highlighting Japanese art, is launching a new exhibit titled “Time Tunnel—Japan and the Jews.”


The Best Books of 5782

The term “People of the Book,” which sounds much better in Hebrew, Am HaSefer, is indeed apt. Walk into any Jewish bookstore, and new titles are arriving daily.

The year 5782 is coming to a close, and the year was blessed with many excellent

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