Monday, October 18, 2021


Junior Girl Scout Troop 5826 Kicks Off Cookie Sales

Girl Scout Troop 5826 baked Girl Scout Cookie flavored Hamentaschen in honor of Purim and to kick off their Girl Scout Cookie sales. The girls replicated the infamous Thin Mints and Samoas as well as Savannah Smiles, a lemon cookie, the Tagalongs, a peanut butter chocolate cookie and the new Rah-Rah Raisin cookie.


School Safety

Parents are always concerned about their children’s safety. This is especially true when children are at school away from parents’ watchful eye. There is a presumption, a warranty, of safety when parents entrust their children to those who would act in loco parentis. State laws mandate certain safeguards, e.g., fire alarms, eye wash


A Look at SodaScan

Ari Korman and Andy and Brian Agus, founders of the new start-up SodaScan, agreed to meet with JLNJ’s cub reporter—me—to unravel the enigma that is the SodaScan entity. The idea behind SodaScan is that instead of going out to shop for bulk items (such as 12-packs of soda bottles), you use an app to scan a QR code on a poster


“Risk” and the Municipal Bond Market

Prior to the 2008 financial crisis the term “risky” was rarely associated with the general municipal bond market. Historically municipal bonds, as a whole second in safety only to US Treasury securities, were looked upon as safe, secure investments. To the media, covering the municipal bond market was about as exciting as watching paint


New Year’s Resolution: Ask Someone Else to Get You in Shape

The biggest challenge to keeping a resolution is: the change is up to us. We have to stop smoking, start exercising, and change our habits. Yet the reason we are making a resolution in the first place is that we haven’t been able to get ourselves to perform according to our own aspirations. It would be so much easier if someone else could


Connection and Commitment

While visiting Italy last week, my wife and I attended the Florence Jewish community’s memorial service for Dan Uzan, the Jewish man who was slain outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two weeks earlier, soon after returning home from a week of meetings in England, I was informed that a kosher restaurant in London that we had


Friendship Circle Teens Celebrate Purim

Photos: Friendship Circle’s annual Teen Scene Purim party was held at the Frisch School. The Friendship Circle is grateful to Frisch and to the amazing volunteers who helped make it such a success.


Tax Tips: The Taxable Tax Refund

A quick Google search reveals the origin of the derogatory term “Indian giver.” There are various theories of its origin, but one such claim is from author David Wilton in his 2004 book, Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends. He claims that its origin was the result of a misunderstanding of Native American’s


The ‘New’ SAT

A biology class at Central High School predicted that a local population of animals will double in size every 12 years. The population at the beginning of 2014 was estimated to be 50 animals. If P represents the population nyears after 2014, then which of the following equations represents the class’s model of the population over time?



R’Chaim Kanievsky Issues Psak Regarding Dirshu Siyyum on Mishnah Berurah

Can one make a siyum on the Mishnah Berurah? Does one recite a Hadran on such a siyyum? What about Kaddish? These were the questions recently posed by the senior members of Dirshu’s hanhala to Rav Chaim Kanievsky, as the siyyum of the first Machzor of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is just around the corner.


Tetzaveh/Zachor 5775

Maimonides codifies just six things Jews should try to remember constantly. One we focus on this week, Shabbos Zachor, as we are cajoled to always remember Amalek, and the evil they did.

Often as not, we remember people for what they fought against. What we as a nation and community remember says much about our values. Remembering Amalek reminds us it is a


Seemingly Harmful Pictures

The astonishing and disturbing news from Lakewood about a group of teenagers, including a daughter of a State Trooper, sent out antisemitic tweets showing themselves dressed as Nazis or threatening Jews in the neighborhood. One picture, for instance, showed a girl with a doll wearing a swastika and was captioned “Adolfa hitler [sic]

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