Saturday, June 03, 2023


The Smooth Road

Last week I was at Citi Field in Queens on two different occasions. On Sunday I attended the Orthodox Union’s “Day of Torah Learning” held in the conference rooms at Citi Field. It was a beautiful and inspiring event, with thousands of people in attendance to hear words of chizuk and Torah from a group of wonderful


Transmitting Our Vision to the Next Generation

In a letter written to his wife, Abigail, future President John Adams wrote, “I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry, Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and


Experiencing the Holiness of History

We watched history in the making this past Monday  as the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem. We don’t think as many people were absorbed in this as they might be watching a final game of the Stanley Cup or the clincher of a tie in the ninth inning of a World Series game, which is unfortunate. Tears rolled down


Attitudes of the Rabbis Toward the Study of Jewish History

Part II

No attempt at writing a sketch of this nature can be complete without mentioning the seminal work “Zakhor; Jewish History and Jewish Memory” by the late Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi.

Yerushalmi contends that “only in Israel and nowhere else is the


My Stories

Part 27 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

I found out that a company in California was having these mixers manufactured in Hong Kong and was marketing them through very limited outlets in the US. I contacted them and offered to become


Halachic Organ Donor Society Saves Lives

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


Relationships Must Involve Loving the ‘Whole’ Person

I’m dating a man named Josh, who I am very interested in. When we are together or even on the phone, he is wonderful. He is kind, interested in what I have to say, interesting and a perfect match for me. When we are out on a date, I never feel the urge to get home already and call it a day. I’m never bored. When we’re on the phone, I


Empty Nest???

“If they still have stuff in the basement and garage, why is it called an empty nest?”

When I saw this quote on a plaque in a gift shop, I was tempted to buy one for each of my children. Open any of my spare-room closets, or check out my basement, and you’ll find souvenirs showing that my offspring


Camp Dora Golding Mourns Mendy Bauman, z”l

(Courtesy of Camp Dora Golding) The Camp Dora Golding Family was deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of their beloved board president, Mr. Mendy Bauman, z”l.

The Bauman family’s deep connection to camp spans three decades. Aside from being the camp’s president, Mendy’s wife,


If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

For those of you who have been blessed to walk or sleep or pray in the holy city of Jerusalem, you know her magic. It isn’t a myth or some children’s fable. Jerusalem’s magic is a truth that lingers on the lips of anyone who has breathed her sweet air. It’s a magic that follows you for years—even decades—whispering,


Teaneck’s Meir Finkelstein Among YU Valedictorians

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Hundreds of students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools received their degrees at YU’s 87th commencement exercises, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on May 16. Nine of the students were honored with the designation of valedictorian for their outstanding academic


Say Cheese!

This week, in honor of Shavuot, we present fun facts about cheese, brought to you by the American Cheese Society:

  1. 1. Clarification: That’s “American Cheese Society,” not “American-Cheese Society.” This is a real thing. It’s a society devoted to cheese made in America, not a
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