Wednesday, July 28, 2021


Yom Yerushalayim: The Emotion of the Moment

Yom Yerushalayim, the day of the capturing of the old city in the 1967 Six-Day War, is many times overshadowed by Yom Ha’atzmaut. We celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, and then, to many, Yom Yerushalayimis kind of an afterthought. However, the truth is, in many ways, Yom Yerushalayimis more important that Yom


Dov Lipman: An American-Born Member of Knesset Comes Calling

Last week, while the Knesset was in recess, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman spent five days in New York and New Jersey addressing a diverse Jewish audience to let them know how they can be involved and work to improve the relationship between the State of Israel and themselves.

As a newly-elected member of the Knesset, one of the rabbi’s roles is to oversee the needs of


Making Tefillah Meaningful

Tefillah, prayer, is the heart and soul of a Jew connecting to Hashem.  But it is a script that’s hard to follow for someone with limited Jewish education, especially in shul.  Rabbi Ely Allen, a resident of Bergenfield, is the Director of Hillel of Northern New Jersey, and a faculty member of the JSS/Mechina Program at Yeshiva University.  Rabbi Allen explains


Leisure in Israel: A Contradiction in Terms

In honor Of Obama’s visit to Israel, a local Modiin newspaper was writing a story on “American phenomena” in Modiin. I was called by the reporter who wanted to interview me about our “book club.” I was surprised she considered a book club an American phenomenon, but she was certain that there was no Israeli equivalent.

Book clubs fall into the leisure


New Shoes For Pesach

Spring came to my mother’s little village. Flowers were in bloom, the grass smelled sweet and fresh. Fruits were ripe for the picking. There was much activity during Chag HaAviv; the house had to be meticulously cleaned for Pesach; the wood stove cleaned of all chometz; the kneading board had to be replaced with a freshly cut piece of


Moshe Baran: Partisan Extraordinaire

Moshe Baran is not your run-of-the-mill 92-year-old. A retired real estate manager, Moshe has the distinction of being a Holocaust survivor and one of a dwindling number of partisans still alive to tell his story. His story is one of determination, survival and courage. But it is his resolve to speak about his experiences to keep the memories of those who were murdered


Survivor and Liberator: 68 Years Later

The date May 4th, 1945 will forever be etched in their memories, and now it will be forever etched in ours. That fateful day toward the end of World War II was the day American soldiers liberated Gunskirchen Lager, a subcamp of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.

On Sunday, March 10th, 2013 my sisters and I were privileged to attend a “reunion of

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