Saturday, June 03, 2023


Gratifying Graduation

The stock market is fluctuation, an exclamation mark is punctuation, an indirect suggestion is insinuation and the month of June is graduation. In these precious weeks of caps and gowns, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students, those who have completed middle or high school and are ready to ascend to life’s next phase.


Eats, Poops and Leaves

Last Sunday, I got to participate in my first Father’s Day since becoming a father, having been blessed with a baby boy last October. I honestly meant to write something when he was born, but for the past seven months, I’ve only been operating at about 20 percent battery. As a comedian with a new baby, people kept saying to me,


Taking Requests

It’s summertime, time to pack up your car and drive to some destination—it doesn’t matter what destination, as long as you get to stay in a hotel. Because once you’re there, you don’t have to get anything yourself. You can just call down to the front desk.

We’ve all done that.


Sending Your Children to Camp? Read This First!

It’s that time of year again. School is letting out, children are looking forward to their last tests, bringing home their unused supplies, and looking ahead to a summer of recreation and fun. Parents are running around doing their last camp errands, comparing lists with friends and making sure their children are ready for camp.


Earliest Time for Birkat HaLevana

If we are blessed with a clear sky this coming Motzaei Shabbat, almost all of the Asheknazic Kehillot in the greater Teaneck area (save for Chabad) will be reciting Birkat HaLevana (referred to as Kiddush Levana by Ashkenazic Jews) on Motzaei Shababt. What will the congregants at Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic congregation of Teaneck


Zevachim 58

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

This week we learned Zevachim 58. These are some highlights.

May we dig under the Temple Mount?

Every sentence


Aviya Kushner Writes About the Grammar of God

Reviewing: “The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible,” by Aviya Kushner, 2015. 272 pages. Spiegel & Grau, ISBN-10: 0385520824.

Aviya Kushner grew up in Monsey. All members of her family had a strong Hebrew background. They debated constantly about subjects


A Light Bulb Moment

There’s an expression that doesn’t really reflect its meaning but rather the way an idea is conveyed. You’ve likely seen a cartoon or picture of a person with a light bulb glowing over his or her head. It’s intended to convey some realization, a moment of enlightenment or inspiration when a solution to a problem is found,


Compare and Contrast

Parshat Korach

At times, we are challenged to uncover the underlying reason why Chazal chose a specific chapter in the navi as the haftarah that would connect to the message or theme of the Torah reading. This week’s haftarah, however, requires no deep analysis to understand our rabbis’


Cholent 101

During the Scripps National Spelling Bee last week, 13-year-old Shiva Yeshlur from Wyoming was asked to spell the word “cholent.”

Yeshlur requested a definition from the judges. The reply: “A Jewish Sabbath-day dish of slow-baked meat and vegetables.” He then asked for the word’s


Striking the Balance

Consider the following scenarios:

Debbie is an academically challenged 15-year-old who, after suffering through negative experiences in two different elementary and middle schools, has now started her freshman year of high school. Debbie struggles with self-confidence. She is capable of


Israel Education and the Real World

During the past year, one of the hot topics on many Jewish education blogs and listservs was Israel education. Many questions were raised and many opinions were expressed on a wide range of issues relating to Israel education by many serious educators in the field. How much time should be devoted to Israel education? Should we

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