Monday, October 18, 2021


Tetzaveh: You Know Who

People say I’m paranoid, but I’m not. I’m just perceptive. I notice things that other people miss. Then I combine what I notice with other things that I’ve noticed, and the next thing you know I have a theory. Call it a conspiracy theory if it makes you happy. I just think I’m more observant than most. And just


The OU Answers Top Purim Questions for 2015

The Purim questions below were answered by Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder for OU Kosher. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator, supervises the OU Consumer Relations Department. They are the most frequently asked


Purim, Partying, and Parameters

The holiday of Purim celebrates one of the happiest times in Jewish history. With the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash and all of its desolation, the salvation of the Jews during the times of King Achashveirosh was a holiday of renewal. The rescinding of the decrees of Haman set the stage for the completion of the


Bergen County Purim Happenings

Kaplen JCC.A Bergen County Purim isn’t complete without the Rubach Family Purim Carnival at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, which will occur on Sunday, March 1, from 1-4 p.m. Bring children in costumes where they can enjoy train rides, inflatables, crafts, games and prizes, character visits, cotton candy


Pockets of Food

The following article is about the foods we eat on Purim. In the article, I give reasons for some of the foods we eat, and try to sell you on some of the things we don’t specifically eat, as if I know what I’m talking about. Some of the reasons I give are real, and based on Chazal, and some might not be. I very rarely quote


The Origin of Taanit Esther

The origin of this fast has always been a mystery. A fast on the 13th of Adar is not mentioned in the book of Esther. Nor is such a fast mentioned in Tannaitic or Amoraic literature.

Interestingly, the 13th of Adar (Yom Nikanor) is one of the holidays included in Megillat Taanit. This means that


Opportunities for Purim Giving

Purim is a time for fun, food and frivolity. But it is also a time to give tzedakah and remember those who are not as fortunate. At this time of year, the mitzvah of tzedakah can be combined with the fun of delivering mishloach manot by supporting organizations that sell mishloach manot or Purim cards. The following local and


Purim and Allergies

Dear Shuli,

Purim is coming and I’m really concerned. We have a young child with multiple allergies as well as dietary constraints, but I still want him to be able to enjoy the holiday. Between a family seudah and mishloach manot, I’m concerned I will be saying no all day. I


Essex Union Purim Celebrations Bring Good Times and Good Deeds

Though Purim lasts only one day, local synagogues and schools are finding ways to celebrate all week long. Jewish tradition tells us, “When Adar enters, joy increases,” and area schools will be not only be enjoying Purim festivities, but also participating in chesed projects to spread the joy. If your heart is astir with a good


Why I Support Halachic Organ Donation

As a physician, it is clear to me people should be organ donors. I know there is a shortage of organs and thousands of people die waiting to get an organ that never gets donated. But I did not know Jews have one of the lowest organ donor rates in the Western world. All Jews and, surprisingly, even secular Jews, who have


Bergen Networking Group Chooses Shearit HaPlate

Teaneck—Bergen Networking Group (BNG) President Fernando Sosa presented Joshua Klavan, President of Shearit HaPlate of Bergen County, Inc. (SHPBC) with the Networking Group’s financial contribution in support of SHPBC.

“On behalf of SHPBC, I want to express my deep gratitude to the members


21st Century Dentistry: The Latest in Lasers

Dentistry is an ever changing profession. No dentist today practices the same way he did when he first came out of dental school (or at least he should not be!) It is why we have a requirement for continuing education, as it would otherwise be impossible to keep up with all the new techniques and materials.

One of the greatest advances dentistry has made in the

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