Wednesday, July 28, 2021


A Bold Critique of Yoshiyahu Hamelech Hiding the Luchot

Yoma 52b

The Gemara Yoma 52b records a dramatic episode in the events leading up to the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash (slightly modified William Davidson translation of the Talmud):

But wasn’t it taught in a baraita that when the Ark was


Sukkah 10: Rav Nachman b. Yaakov’s Prank

Often, knowledge of scholastic relationships (e.g., teacher/student) or academy affiliation (e.g., Sura) provide insight into the dynamics of a sugya.

A mishnah on Sukkah 10a invalidates a sukkah in which sheets were spread under s’chach to catch debris or over s’chach to provide shade. Rav


Just a Few More Steps

Just a few more steps … just a few more steps and I will face my savior(s). Just a few more steps and I will have the opportunity to stand before all those who helped me (with medication, with therapy, with תפילה, with מצוות, with care and compassion) to voice my appreciation. Just a few more steps and I will


Gap Year Students Struggle to Transition Back to ‘Reality’

Taking a gap year to Israel is one of the many opportunities Jewish teenagers look forward to during their four years of high school. Teens cannot wait to gain independence, experience Israeli culture, be surrounded by fellow Jews and build connections that will last a lifetime in a year that will be filled with memories.


Lauren Adler: Inspirational Teacher, Encouraging Mother, Eternal Zionist

Editors note: We would like to welcome an exciting new biweekly column to our pages. Aviva Zacks will bring you stories of locals who made aliyah, recently or otherwise. If you know anyone who would like to be featured, please email [email protected]



New Documentary Highlights Menachem Begin’s Legacy

Reviewing: “Upheaval,” directed by Jonathan Gruber. At-home cinema release by Abramorama. 2021. 87 Minutes. Available for purchase at www.upheavalfilm.com/watch.

A new documentary highlights the life and times of


Project Ezrah Career Fair Preps Job Seekers

(Courtesy of Project Ezrah) This Tuesday evening will be the first-ever career fair brought to the community by Project Ezrah. This event is open to the community and will have a variety of opportunities within multiple types of companies. Just as you would prepare for a meeting, a job seeker should likewise prepare prior to an interview


Rabbi’s New Book Is a Workout for Your Soul

Reviewing: “The 40 Day Challenge” by Rabbi Mark Wildes. Kodesh Press. 2021.  English. Paperback. 186 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1947857674.

When you go to the grocery store, how often do you see magazines with headlines exhorting you to try a 30-day fitness challenge to help


Verbal Assertiveness: Persistence Using the ‘Broken Record’ Skill

Do you ever find yourself in an intimidating situation? An awkward social interaction? On the receiving end of manipulative comments? Or deserved or undeserved criticisms? Do you ever wish you could stand up for yourself without feeling guilty, anxious, ignorant or scared?

If you answered yes,


Designs by Kay Brings Custom Art Into Your Home

Looking to add a little excitement to your dining room? How about that mural you’ve always wanted to see in your home? Want the perfect and aesthetic way to fill that big empty space on your wall? Or maybe you just want to give the gift of art?

Well, Kayla


Pandemic-Inspired Shidduch Platform Holding Worldwide Tu B’Av Event, Partnering With Chabad

(Courtesy of Corona Crush) Even as the pandemic winds down, many of the positive changes it caused are here to stay. Case in point: Ian Mark built CoronaCrush, a remote shidduch event platform for a Facebook page he and his friends started early on in the pandemic, but after its popularity skyrocketed, he is committing to


Is Israel an Apartheid State?

“A Declaration of War Against Israel”

From August 31 to September 8, 2001, more than1,500 nongovernmental agencies (NGOs) met at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa. There they embraced a

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