Monday, June 05, 2023


A Torah for Tova

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, famously declared, “that which unites us is far greater than that which divides us.”

I’m here to tell you how true that statement can be, at least as it relates to an evening in Stamford last week, when a sefer Torah was


SAR Celebrates Annual Arts Festival 2023

On May 22, SAR Academy celebrated its Annual Arts Festival. This year’s theme was “State of Mindfulness: An Interactive Family Experience.” Guests arrived to the sounds of the faculty band playing “Shir Joy.” Welcoming participants, Principal Rabbi Binyamin Krauss stated: “On Shavuot, we


For Second Year in a Row, CUNY Law Commencement Speaker Attacks Israel

For the second year in a row students at the City of New York (CUNY) Law School elected a commencement speaker who devoted much of what is supposed to be a celebratory speech to fellow graduates to attacking Israel and its “colonial settler” policies.

Fatima Mohammed started off in typical manner,


White House Announces Plan to Combat Antisemitism

President Joe Biden last week launched a national plan to combat antisemitism, calling it “the most comprehensive and ambitious U.S. government-led effort to fight antisemitism in American history.”

The plan, announced during a May 25 virtual press conference, will implement strategies across


Stories of Courage and Hope

Excerpting: “Whatever It Takes” by Rabbi Shea Hecht. Mosaica Press. 2023. ‎ English. Hardcover. 252 pages. ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1957579429.

(Courtesy of Mosaica Press) The following is an excerpt from “Whatever it Takes” by Rabbi Shea


The Commentary of Samuel David Luzatto

Reviewing: “Shadal on Numbers.” Translated and Edited by Daniel A. Klein. Kodesh Press. 2023. English. Paperback. 445 pages. ISBN-13: 979-8888940167.

Daniel Klein continues to spread the teachings of an important, but too often overlooked biblical interpreter. Samuel David


The Journey Toward Joyful Living

Reviewing: “Is It Ever Enough?” By Sarah Pachter. Feldheim Publishers. 2022. English. Hardcover. 369 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1680255195.

“Is It Ever Enough?” by Sarah Pachter answers a question that every human asks in one form or another: How can I be


The Jersey Girl Who Became a Woman of Valor

Margery Metzger, a New Jersey native raised in Highland Park, is a woman of valor. She uses her intellect, amazing strength and determination to help others and pursue justice. The granddaughter of the founder of Bernstein’s, now in Edison, known for fine apparel and special occasions gowns originated in Manhattan’s Garment Center,


Turning the Page: Why a Shul Rabbi Authored a Jewish Children’s Book

Highlighting: “Shabbos With Our Chocolate Moose” by Rabbi Akiva Males. Menucha Publishers. 2023. Hardcover.
24 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1614659204.

Around two years ago, I started working on a Jewish children’s book project that had been on my back


Of Pride and Preferences

Reviewing: “Pride and Preference” by Barbara Bensoussan. Menucha Publishers. 2020. English. Hardcover. 250 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1614658337.

Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” is so universally beloved that it has given rise to countless films, spinoffs,


Words of Wisdom

Highlighting: “The Eternal Wisdom of Pirkei Avos” by Rabbi Yechiel Spero. Mesorah Publications Ltd. 2023. Hardcover.
440 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1422633526.

(Courtesy of ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications) During this time of year, many devote time to study the timeless words


Former Elizabeth Family Compiles Book of Stories By Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Former Elizabeth resident Meir* and his mother Avigail, currently residing in Israel, are creating a book of stories written by and about children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a teen with ASD, Meir feels it is important for children to have accessible resources to which they can relate and where they can understand the language

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