Thursday, October 01, 2020


Eretz Yisrael—Always in Our Best Interest

Almost without exception, my friends and classmates who have made aliyah have significantly more children than those who remained in the United States. Israel has one of the highest life expediencies in the entire world. The percentage of Jews who observe Shabbat and kashrut is dramatically higher in Israel than in any other country. What


In Memoriam: R’ Dovid Goldstien

On a small street off Rechov Shmuel Hanavi in Yerushalayim, there lived greatness. Up until last winter, the rented two-bedroom apartment occupied by the Goldstien family was flooded with the joy and positive energy that their father generated. R’ Dovid Goldstien was a man who pulsed with physical and spiritual vibrancy.


Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

What qualified Henny Machlis, who passed away last Friday at the age of 58, as one of the world’s greatest Jewish women?

Jerusalemites would say it was her cooking for and serving up to 300 guests every Shabbos in her cramped Jerusalem apartment. The guests—almost 150 for the Shabbat night


Grandparents and Grandchildren

It is well known that the month of Cheshvan is devoid of any official holidays (thank God for Shabbos!). But to me and my siblings, Cheshvan marks the yahrtzeits of my father’s mother (16 Cheshvan) and my mother’s father (27 Cheshvan).

The late comedian Sam Levenson once quipped that grandparents and


Return to Yeshivat Noam

I walked alongside the playground towards the orange-and-tan, boxy building; the memories rushed back with every step. It had been a while since I last visited this place as an alumnus, and even longer—over three years—since I had been here as a student. Yet now I had returned to Yeshivat Noam and it was hard to not


Baseball, Babies and Hope

The Mets are going to the World Series! The Mets are going to the World Series! They swept the Cubs! They won the National League Championships!! All of my kids are still up; they have exams tomorrow; they are all going to be cranky. Husband #1, the Yankee fan, went to sleep an hour and a half before the game ended. This being totally


Coming to Terms with Grammar

People are always coming up and asking me why grammar is important. Well, mainly my students.

But it comes with the job. I’m a grammar teacher. It’s my job to get kids to say things correctly, while simultaneously reminding them that they shouldn’t talk in class.


‘From’ Spoofing Emails, Beware

As I have written in the past, some clients may think that viruses must be great for business. It’s pretty much the same way a car alarm company must say, “Well, in a perfect world there would be no car break-ins and no need for car alarms.” Though without an alarm, people will just break in easily.


Reflections of a Seminary Student in Israel; Lessons My ‘Kids’ Have Taught Me

These past two weeks have been the hardest weeks I’ve experienced in Israel. Constantly getting alerts to my phone about the next attack, having meetings about security and the precautions—it’s not easy. People I know are talking about going home or not leaving their dorms out of fear, but


V’ha’ikar, Lo L’fached Klal—Most Importantly, Do Not Fear at All!

In 1967, one month after the conclusion of the Six-Day War, I visited Israel for the first time. Clearly, the visit made a deep emotional impact and a lasting impression on me. But one of the lighter moments I recall came while traveling on a public bus. Being somewhat fluent in Hebrew, I enjoyed engaging in conversation with the local


The ‘USD: Chesed Hour’ Exchange Rate

I am blessed with a fun-loving, rambunctious and somewhat mischievous toddler. Additionally, I enjoy going to movies with my wife. Oh, the quandaries of parenthood. Last week, considering the various ways to ensure the safety of my youngster while enjoying dinner and the latest summer blockbuster, I jestfully posted the following


Another Pleasant Valley…Shabbos

Have you heard the joke: Two Jews are stranded on a desert island…they build three synagogues—one for the Orthodox Jew, one for the Reform Jew, and one that neither one of them will ever set foot in!

Not so in West Orange, New Jersey.