Friday, October 07, 2022


Mendy Vim Offers Special Passover Experiences Close to Home

Looking for a luxury Passover hotel experience about three and a half hours from NYC? Renowned Pesach event planner Mendy Vim offers a unique location for the discerning holiday traveler- —the Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vermont, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa. It’s not every day you can stay in an


MatzaFun Tours to Host 16th Annual Perfect Passover

MatzaFun is proud to announce its 16th year of the Perfect Passover featuring elegant Passover seders, gourmet glatt kosher cuisine and non-stop fun-filled activities for your entire family. Don’t pass over this Passover. Make it a MatzaFun Passover. With one phone call you can book a Passover holiday and celebrate with a


CyberSem Women’s Online Classes and Seminary Launched

For many young Jewish women who have already finished high school and are well past college, beginning their families and careers, studying in Israel for the year or spending a gap year at a seminary may not be possible. While it has become a rite of passage for many, there are still many more for whom the opportunities did not present


A Jew in a Muslim Registry

With the emotional and political turmoil in the aftermath of the recent presidential election, there is talk of a national registry of Muslims. It is not clear to me that this is seriously being considered by anyone other than pundits. Be that as it may, some Jews have expressed concern over such a registry and have voiced a desire


Bava Metzia 52

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


This week we learned Bava Metzia 52. These are some highlights.

Bava Metzia 52: May a man


Chayei Sara: A Pretty Good Date

Bereishit 24:64

Reuben: Nu, so how was the date?

Jonah: Actually, I think it went rather well, if I do say so myself.

Reuben: Really! I haven’t heard you say that in a long time.


Only a Jewish Woman Has the Capacity to Bring the Shechina Into a Jewish Home

We understand a man’s role in Jewish life—a man is obligated to diligently engage in regular talmud Torah (Torah study) and tefillah b’tzibur(communal tefillah) as well as a wide variety of other mitzvot. A woman’s role in Jewish life, however, is a bit challenging to pinpoint and identify. A beautiful Rashi that


Getting Older Without Getting Old

The parallels that we find between the parsha and today’s haftarah are quite striking. The haftarah is taken from the opening chapter of the Book of Melachim (Aleph) and tells of the final days of King David as the parsha tells of the final days of Avraham Avinu. Just as the parsha details Avraham’s preparations to hand over


Role Models

In one of his “For what it’s worth” segments, the late Paul Harvey related the following story:

While working on the production of a movie in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1986, actor Robert Redford was scouting out the town. Mr. Redford walked into an ice cream parlor where a young woman


December 4 and V’tein Tal U-Matar: Calendar Insights

In a previous column, I wrote about the history of the Balfour Declaration. As a side point, it is interesting to discuss a calendar issue related to the Declaration. The Balfour Declaration was issued in England on Nov. 2, 1917. But it preceded the “1917 October Revolution” in Russia by a few days. How could this be? If it was


The Gift Of Composure

I am pretty sure that we all have shared some version of the following story. A couple of months ago, I called my cell phone provider concerning an issue with my phone. When I dialed the customer service number and told the agent the problem I was experiencing, I was passed along to a different agent. I then waited on hold for the


A Pathway to Teshuva: Making the Most of the Miracles Hashem Sends Our Way

On the Yomim Noraim, we were focused on teshuva, the process of returning to our “potential” selves. We learned that we can accomplish this task by using the gifts Hashem endowed us with in fulfilling the mission He designated for each of us. Yet, man’s struggle with accomplishing this task is glaringly evident in Parshat

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