Sunday, May 31, 2020


The Big Shluf

A few years back, Shavuot came on a dark night. Dark as the black coffee people would be drinking to stay awake that night. But I also had a dark feeling. Something just did not seem right.

You see, I am not just a maggid. As regular readers know, I also do a little detective work on the side to


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) of the Likud Party and Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party shared a COVID-19-approved "elbow bump" at the Knesset, May 17, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) of the Likud Party and Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party shared a COVID-19-approved "elbow bump" at the Knesset, May 17, 2020. (Credit: Alex Kolomoisky)


Community Small Businesses Get Creative

These are extraordinary times for small business owners, many of whom are looking for ways to reimagine their services amid the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Three local businesses have redesigned their models to adapt to today’s market, hoping to continue generating income and at


Mental Health Pros Navigate COVID-19 Issues

Perry Bell is a child and family psychologist at the Center for Child and Family Development, a group practice in Morristown, New Jersey. He regularly treats the full gamut of parenting and family concerns, “from potty training to college-age conflicts.”


Zooming In on ‘Viral Solution’ Recommendations

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion regarding the viability of the current financial landscape within the Modern Orthodox community with the focus on Bergen County.

Gershon Distenfeld restarted a conversation that he initiated a few years ago with the inception of NNJKIDS


Suburban Torah Members Stay Connected

On a recent Sunday morning, 30 families from Suburban Torah in Livingston, participated in a scavenger hunt around town. Using clues that were texted to each team, the families raced around town snapping and emailing photos of the places referred to in the clues. In the end it was a tie, as the Sherris and the


Spraying Whipped Cream From a Canister on Shabbat and Yom Tov

Back in November 2019, Shaarei Orah hosted a special Shabbaton for Sephardic Yeshiva University students. In preparation for this special event, Shaarei Orah’s Jack Varon asked if halacha permits spraying whipped cream from a canister on Shabbat. It turns out that there is considerable debate about this issue.


David and the Moon

Machar Chodesh

Parshat Bamidbar

The story related in this week’s haftarah, a special one read when Shabbat coincides with Erev Rosh Chodesh, is found in the 20th perek of Shmuel A. The story related in this chapter is well-known as it is a haftarah that is read


Seeing the Silver Lining

In thinking about what would be most fitting for Chinuch Reflections, I found it most appropriate and timely to reflect on the current situations that teachers, parents and children have found themselves over the past weeks, and what might also occur in the approaching months. The educational model of yesteryear has changed overnight and


Yigael Yadin: Archaeologist, Military Man, Politician

I was always perplexed by references to Yigael Yadin. He had so many roles in the history of Israel but I never knew how to put them together. Finally, I read a short summary of his life in a 2019 book by archaeologist Jody Magness, “Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.” This summary weaved all the details together, and I


How NY NCSY Has Responded to the Pandemic

Anyone who says “If you can’t do, teach,” hasn’t tried teaching. Education is an arduous undertaking that leaves little leeway for error. Whereas a failure in the business world costs money, one in the field of education costs futures.

As we are all aware, the global pandemic that is the


Touro’s Lander Colleges Plan Virtual Graduation Ceremony

(Courtesy of Touro College) A record-breaking 582 students will graduate from Touro’s Lander Colleges this month with baccalaureate degrees, and 116 students will graduate from Machon L’Parnasa/The Institute for Professional Studies and The School of Lifelong Education with associate’s degrees at