Friday, February 03, 2023


Marching on Another Path

On Thursday, August 3, Jerusalem held its annual March for Pride and Tolerance, often known simply as the Gay Pride Parade. 2017 marks the 16th year of the event. And just like every other year, 2017’s march did not occur with unanimous support. Plenty of religious Jews are against the decision for gay pride to be expressed in


Two Too Many?

Dear Shoshy,

I do not know what to do. Last week, someone suggested a boy to me and I agreed to go out with him. He called me and we are supposed to go out later this week. When I accepted the offer, I was not so excited about going out with him, but the suggestion came from a good friend so


Don Glaser Jazz Trio to Hold August Performances in NYC

The Don Glaser Jazz Trio will be performing at Jules Bistro on Wednesday evenings, August 16 and August 30, from 7:30 until 10:30.

Glaser, a pianist whose style has been compared to the Nat King Cole Trio, will be performing with Peter Traunmueller on drums and Nate Brown on bass. His


Dirshu’s Kinyan Halacha Program Celebrates Siyum

“Recently, I saw an older man, perhaps he was 70 years old, preparing a coffee on Shabbos. First he put the instant coffee in his cup, followed by the sugar. Then he added the hot water, after which he went to get another cup and began pouring from one cup into the other. I asked him what he was doing and he replied,


My First Trip to the Catskill Mountains

The Catskill Mountains is a place that I have always been drawn to, ever since the time I was 7 or 8 years old and my father woke me early in the morning by placing his hand on my chest and gently shaking me whispering, “Dovid, wake up, we’re going to the ‘country’ this morning!” I never forgot the feeling of his warm


Sanhedrin 13 and 14

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

 This week we learned Sanhedrin 13 and 14. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 13: Why was Hillel called by his name and not


Rav Shlomo Amar Visiting Shaarei Orah in Teaneck This Shabbat

Spread the word! Rav Shlomo Amar is coming for Shabbat to Congregation Shaarei Orah in Teaneck. We are incredibly excited to host one of the great chachamim of our generation and eagerly look forward to hearing his divrei Torah and words of inspiration. Rav Amar currently serves as the rav roshi of Jerusalem and is the prior


Wheeled Into Surgery

When I was 8 years old, I needed to have an operation to correct a hernia. I remember davening at home with my father in the wee hours of the morning and then heading to the hospital. When we arrived at the hospital, the receptionist looked at me and exclaimed, “This is the infant?” Apparently, they had written down that I was


An Insight Into Kriyat Shema Al Ha-Mita

This prayer begins with a statement that God places “chevlei sheina” on our eyes. But what exactly does this term mean? In our printed siddurim, and in the text of the Talmud that is the source of this prayer (Berachot 60b), “chevlei” is spelled with a chet.

A few months ago, I discussed


Words of Comfort—Really!

Parshat Va’etchanan

Shabbat Nachamu

The glorious opening words of this week’s haftarah, “Nachamu, nachamu ami,” are often misunderstood as being a cry to the people to be comforted. But the word “nachamu”means “comfort” and not “be


Va’eschanan: True Refinement

Recently, I experienced the misfortune of driving behind a garbage truck on a two-lane road for over a mile. It was a very long mile. I admit, my patience was tested. Finally, it veered off to a side street and I was free. Nonetheless, driving down the highway miles away, I could still smell the stench of the garbage.


An Eastward Flight From Poland in 1941

Part 7 (Continued from last week)

The sun was shining brightly through the only window in the wall. The room was very large and bare. A clay floor, a round opening in the corner with a big pot on it, served as a stove, but we had a roof over our heads, and we

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