Friday, December 09, 2022


The Inspiration Trap

(This article first appeared in the spring edition of Hayidiyon and is reprinted with permission.)

I enjoy TED Talks. I find them both inspiring and enjoyable. I was listening to a TED Talks video with my children recently, featuring Benjamin Zander, who is the conductor of the Boston


Create Your Summer 2017 Here:  Camp Mesorah Introduces New Facilities

Do you want to build a log cabin? Interested in honing your basketball skills under the tutelage of an Israeli pro basketball player? Is mountain biking your passion? Prefer aerobics and dance? Culinary arts? Ceramics? Do night seder and lively “tisches” draw you in?


Everyone Come and Gather Around the Table…But For How Long?

Planning for Pesach when you have a child with special needs takes preparation.

The feelings leading up to Pesach—or any family and holiday meal—can bring either excitement or trepidation and fear, all depending on the lens you have and your particular cast of characters. Add an


More Than Matzah: Pesach Associations From All Around the World

Jews everywhere celebrate Pesach with the same familiar traditions. But you’d be surprised how many regional traditions there are. While we are joined by a common heritage, no two Jewish communities are the same. Israel is the ultimate Jewish melting pot with olim from around the world bringing their local customs with


Slowness: A Jewish Value?

The Slow Movement is gaining momentum (!)

It was sparked in 1986 by Carlo Petrini, the Slow Food gourmet, by his protest against the opening of a McDonald’s—the quintessential “fast food” restaurant—in the famous Piazza di Spagna in Rome. It advocates a cultural shift toward


Mazkeret Batya: The Inspiring Story of an Early Jewish Settlement

Reviewing: Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya-An Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel by Sam Finkel (2012) Hardcover. 460 pages. Philipp Feldheim. ISBN-10: 1598268619. $24.99.

The modern Jewish settlements are always in the news today. But I would like to tell


How to Make Happy Clients

“Our whole philosophy became ‘let’s take most of the money we would’ve spent on paid advertising and paid marketing and instead of spending it on that invest it in the customer experience/customer service and then let our customers do the marketing for us through word of mouth’ and that became the whole business


Chopping Nuts vs. the Tea Room

We know that most think we are crazy, but the idea of not making Pesach for a crowd still does not resonate well with us. Sorry, folks. We enjoyed the visits to the Jean Talon market to buy our vegetables—all 75 pounds of potatoes, 10 cabbages, 30 pounds of carrots, etc. We loved planning special Chol Hamoed trips to


Exit Tax

Every year I write a tax column, for tax purposes. I know that we all have to pay taxes, because that’s how we all chip in for things, like a big cake when it’s the president’s birthday, and so on.

But some taxes are ridiculous. For example, in New York, there’s a tax on bagels, but only


Why Is Car Leasing So Popular?

There are many reasons why car leasing has become so popular. Reasons include:

Cash flow. By leasing you are only paying the depreciation on the car you are driving for the amount of time you have it. You have a known monthly expense and a significantly lower payment then if you had financed


May the Sea Split Again

The shidduchim parsha. It’s a difficult parsha. As difficult as Kriyas Yam Suf, Chazal tell us. And those of us who know the pain of an older single understand the analogy well. For shidduchim is like a stormy sea, with crashing waves and engulfing waters.

As the Yom Tov of Kriyas Yam Suf


AMIT Bar Ilan Enjoys Second Consecutive Win in National Cyber Competition

Ramat Gan, Israel—For the second consecutive year, students from AMIT Ginsburg Bar Ilan Gush Dan Junior and Senior High School for Boys won first place in the Junior High division of the national cyber championship, which was run last week by the Ministry of Education. In addition, a team of ninth-grade students from AMIT

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