Saturday, August 08, 2020


Newest Warburg Book Tackles Jewish and Civil Legal Issues

Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality (Jerusalem: Urim) is the second in a series of volumes intended as an introduction to the scope of rabbinic authority in general and the workings of the institution of the beit din (Jewish arbitration) in particular.

In this work, R. A.


A Tale of Two Children

Part I of II

The stories of the hidden children of the Holocaust often begin in the present and navigate backwards, coiling and recoiling in and out of chronological order. Frequently the children were too young at the time to fully comprehend the horrors or imminent dangers of


The Remarkable Story Behind the Picture of the Aish Kodesh, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira

Some editions of Chovat Hatalmidim, a volume authored by the Piasecznier Rebbe, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889–1943) of blessed memory, includes the portrait of this saintly chassidic Rebbe. Ever since my childhood, the original of this portrait hung in my parent’s living room. Subsequently, it was copied with my


Remnants of the Shoah

The most precious remnants of the Shoah are the living survivors whose strength and determination to rebuild lives are an enduring example through their families, writings and recordings.

Still, there are inanimate remnants of the story that


U.S. Liberators, Holocaust Survivors and Israeli Soldiers to Unite at Auschwitz

FIDF “From Holocaust to Independence” Delegation to Poland and Israel departs May 5

Next week, 50 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the U.S., including three supporters from New Jersey, will embark on an unprecedented mission to Poland and


The Dunera Boys

The year was 1940. The place was the calm waters of the Irish Sea. The German U-boat captain carefully took aim. In the crosshairs of his periscope was an unescorted British troop transport. He took pride in the fact that he never missed. When he assured himself that his helpless prey would be easily sunk, he


LeanOnWe: Ron Gold Turns Personal Tragedy Into Helping Others

It is five years after the tragically fateful day that changed Ron Gold’s life forever. During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, Gold and his neighbor Dr. Zachary Orden, both of Hillsdale, New Jersey, were struck by an out-of-control SUV on Saddle River Road where they had ridden their bikes numerous times before. The female


Social Media Oversight: How Can Parents Do a Better Job?

The Lord of the Flies Syndrome

A group of young boys are stranded on a desert island and create a new society, developing governing bodies, rules, norms and culture. This is the premise of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.” Unsurprisingly, this story ends in chaos and


What Jewish Day Schools Can Learn From Pop Culture

Part II

In towns all over America and on many school campuses, sports rule! For day schools a more measured approach is necessary. However, Jewish day schools can learn from school sports that ruach counts!

School spirit generates its own significance and


Yom Kippur in Iyar?

A fond memory which I recall from childhood was that of a sign posted on the lobby door to my shul, the Young Israel of Bensonhurst. It was placed on the door during the month of Elul by our beloved rav, Rabbi Elias Schwartz shlit”a. The sign read “Do Teshuva Now: Avoid the Yom Kippur Rush.” It is barely a week after Pesach; who can


Thanking Hashem on Yom Ha’atzmaut—A Must

The Haggadah, most appropriately, moves us to thank Hashem on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Every commentator to the Haggadah finds the Dayeinu poem puzzling. For example, why would it be sufficient—Dayeinu—for us to leave Mitzrayim and not be saved from the Egyptians at the Yam Suf? Why would it have been sufficient for us to have drawn


Acharei Mot: A Trek in the Wilderness


This was not good. Not good at all.

The summer was coming. The boys would be coming home from college this week. It was a time of great excitement in the Zuckerman house. But it was also a time of tribulation. Because Marty Zuckerman knew what it