Thursday, October 01, 2020


How to Inspire Your Teen in 42 Days or Less

You’ve invested time and money instilling Jewish values in your children. But are they passionate about being Jewish? Next summer they just might be.

At NCSY, we understand Jewish teens better than anyone. Because we work with them 365 days a year. And we’ve been doing it for over 60


Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew

The term “Lashon Hakodesh” means different things to different people. It’s generally translated as “the holy language.” And what that language is can also mean different things to different people. Author Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein knows there are no definitive answers on the development of Lashon Hakodesh and


New Koren Titles for the New Year

Among a number of new titles out this fall are three unique books sure to interest our readers. Short descriptions are below, and they are all available in local Jewish bookstores or from korenpub.com.

Koren Tehillim


Handshake on a Higher Level

My dentist’s receptionist called me today to ask where I was. She said, “You’re five minutes late,” and then even continued, “You aren’t here!”—really! So when I got there one minute later with a huge grin like a child who knew he was in trouble but also content that the great sin was worth the pleasure, I said “So,


The Sins of the Old

Excerpt from The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales, by Rabbi Tovia Halberstam, translated and retold by Joshua Halberstam

The Radomsker Rebbe combines depth and humor by staging two Chassidic Sages, an unemployed yetzer hara and


My Shul-Mate Else z”l

“Hubby here?” The familiar, friendly question came from good-natured Else (pronounced El-sa) Roth each Saturday as she peeked through the lace curtain on the mechitza.

As she turned to me after affirming my answer, “French nails this week,” she would comment, as she nodded approvingly


Paving the Road For the New Year

We are not speaking of any old “road.” As you might guess we are speaking of Highgate Terrace, the infamous street in Bergenfield all of two blocks long. One street from New Bridge to Westminster Gate is totally paved and the other block between Westminster Gate and Churchill continues to be the most talked-about eyesore. No car is able


Thank You for Everything

It happened. The nightmare we all fear. I was having cabinets installed in my home and something went wrong! When you invest so much time, effort and money in a project, you don’t want it to come out bad. Frantically, I called the cabinet installer. OK, I didn’t call him. I texted him, What’sApped his boss, and basically had


Nights in the Sukkah

In America, Sukkot is a meteorologically challenged holiday, and our family experienced the whole panoply of challenges. From my wife’s native Omaha with its bitter-cold October nights, to my native New York’s torrential rains, to the oppressively hot Miami where we lived for six years before making aliyah in 1997, Sukkot, though


Dirshu: A Worldwide Achdus Phenomenon

This is the story of a concept that touched and changed countless people everywhere. It is a story of a nation closing ranks in times of danger with astonishing alacrity and focus. It is the story of the power of a good idea. It is the story of the recent “Yom Limud and Tefillah.”

It is very


Adass School, Melbourne, Australia


France - Yom Limud and Tefillah