Saturday, June 03, 2023


Attention Modern Orthodox Boys: Grow Up!

When someone mentions the Modern Orthodox problem, they’re generally referring to the large defection rate—both to the right, yet more often, to the left. But there’s yet another problem lurking within the Modern Orthodox world, and although everyone knows it, no one
really wants to talk about it. Namely, that a large number of


Rep. Josh Gottheimer Joins Two Congressional Missions to Israel in Two Weeks

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Dist. 5) has returned to Israel for the second time in two weeks on congressional missions showcasing the strong bipartisan support for Israel as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.

On the first mission Gottheimer was one of 11 House Democrats, including


Envision Shakespeare Competition Is Held at Ma’ayanot

(Courtesy of Envision Shakespeare) In its ninth year, the Envision Shakespeare competition, run by Envision Theater’s Rebecca Lopkin and SAR English teacher Nancy Edelman, featured a scene from “Othello” in which the villain Iago has stolen a handkerchief of sentimental value from the virtuous Desdemona and planted it where


Elliot Auerbacher: Feeding IDF Soldiers

Former Englewood resident Elliot Auerbacher was in shock when he learned that there are Israeli soldiers who are so hungry that they call home asking their parents to send them food. It was the year 2020 and the son of his friend Dave Kaplan was serving for three-and-a-half-weeks near the Gaza border. He was sleeping on the floor


The Sights, Sounds, Scents and Tastes of Judaism

Many of you probably have seen a video that went viral a couple of months ago. It captured the powerful emotions of a left-wing protestor at a rally in Bnei Brak who was moved to tears and began singing along when he heard the popular Friday night tune for Shalom Aleichem being played on the loudspeakers.


Partnering for Israel Education

I have never been a news junkie. I do read newspapers and magazines; I try to include those that come from different perspectives. Now that news and social media are so driven by practical considerations—by political orientations, by ratings and by the limits of our attention span—I have become yet a more suspicious news reader. I try


Bergenfield’s Akiva Shapiro Receives ‘Pursuit of Justice’ Award

The challenge of writing a piece on Akiva Shapiro, litigation partner at Gibson Dunn, a leading international law firm with a stellar track record, is how to do justice to his myriad accomplishments. The Bergenfield resident, who has been with the firm since 2008 after receiving joint degrees from Columbia Law School and


Jewish Roots

The last time I checked this month’s secular calendar, I saw that May 6 thwas listed as “National Nurses Day,” and May 7 thwas listed as “World Laughter Day.” If it were up to me, May 9 thof this year would be listed as “Jewish Roots Day.” In keeping with tradition where we mourn the plague


Common Mistakes in Estate Planning

Part V

(Courtesy of Haas & Zaltz) Creating an estate plan that includes a revocable trust, pour-over will, property power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act authorization provides numerous benefits


An Evening of Magic With Steve Cohen

We’ve all been told that there’s no such thing as “real” magic. Of course, I’ve always readily agreed with that sentiment—that is, until this past week when I witnessed a magician who put on such a bewildering performance that I now have doubts about its certainty. The closest thing


The Quietest Reunion

(Courtesy of Yachad) On Sunday, April 30, a group of Jewish adults who are both Deaf and blind reunited in Teaneck after four years apart. From 2010 to 2019, the Jewish Deafblind community from across North America and Israel gathered in Baltimore every two years to experience a fully accessible


Highland Park Resident’s New Holocaust Book Attracts Growing Acclaim

Reviewing: “Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book, and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust” by Meryl Frank. Hachette Books. 2023. English. Hardcover. 256 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0306828362.

The invitation I received announced that Meryl Frank would be

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