Friday, October 07, 2022


Kaddish in a Noisy Shul: Why Are People Talking?

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel said in the name of Rabbi Yehoshua: “From the day God destroyed the Holy Temple, there is no day without curse, the dewfall is not blessed and the delicious taste has been removed from crops.” Rava said: “Each new day the curse is greater than that of the day before... In what merit, then, does the


Rising Tuition Costs Propel Parents to Reconsider Education Options

Still a cause for deep concern in the Jewish community is the yearly rising cost of private education. Although it is extremely costly, Jewish families send their kids to private school in order to ensure they receive a solid Jewish education. The average cost per year for each child is $15,000 to $20,000 dollars,


Take a Knee

The appalling spectacle of professional athletes taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem is both revolting and disingenuous. It also sends the message to our youth that public disrespect of the National Anthem, and by extension our country, is acceptable.


Yeshiva University’s Torah Tours Reaches Nova Scotia

Hanging up the phone, we felt overwhelmed. “Where even is Halifax?” we typed into our Torah Tours whatsapp group. No answer. Quickly we whipped out our phones, and stunned, we stared at the tiny red dot pinned to the Eastern Coast of Canada on Google Maps. The next few minutes were spent on Google, Wikipedia, Waze,


TABC Joins NCSY on Mission to Houston

On November 9, 10 TABC students, along with six public school students, embarked on the NJ NCSY Houston chesed mission, one of many chesed missions that TABC participates in throughout the year. The NCSYers helped build homes for low-income families and also helped lead services on


Giving Back, With Bags Full of Mitzvot

Since they met during their gap year in Israel, Deena Buechler and Henry Bernstein have done lots of fun dating things. This past September, their thoughts turned to ways they could augment their relationship by doing chesed together. Along came the Emmy Award-winning Rachael Ray show. Buechler, a West Orange resident,


Scholar and Israeli Statesman: Abba Eban’s Life and Works

Reviewing: “Abba Eban: A Biography,” by Asaf Siniver (2015), Hardcover, 464 pages: Overlook Press. ISBN-10: 1468309331

Abba Eban’s life and the history of Israel in the 20 thcentury were very much intertwined. From this book one can learn about all the important


Morah Becky: Teaching Children One Book at a Time

Becky Perlowitz has always had a love of teaching and writing. Though she is originally from Edison, New Jersey, she and her family made aliyah to Ramat Beit Shemesh 11 years ago. For almost 20 years, she has been teaching young children and has run her own gan, as “Morah Becky,” for 10. One of the ways she


S.Y. Agnon’s 50th Nobel Prize Anniversary Celebrated With Translation of His Last Novel

Reviewing: “ In Mr. Lublin’s Store,” by S.Y. Agnon (2016), Hardcover, 281 pages:

The Toby


Chana Stiefel Co-Authors Children’s Book for Alzheimer’s Awareness

“Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?” by Kent L. Karosen and Chana Stiefel (2016), Hardcover, 36 pages, ages 4-7: BookBaby. ISBN-10: 1483572854 ISBN-13: 978-1483572857

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness month in November, children’s book author and Teaneck


Worth the Wait — Or Not?

I love all of my children equally. For nine months and three weeks, I impatiently awaited the arrival of son #1. When your father is an OB/GYN, he is the one who gets the “Why isn’t he coming out yet?” phone call for every single day I was late. As a first time expectant mother, you have no idea what to expect. You have no


You Don’t Know Squanto

Some woman came over to my mother at a bank once, and asked, “Do Jews celebrate Thanksgiving?”

My mother said, “Some do; some don’t. We don’t.”

“You’re so lucky!” the woman said. “You don’t have to cook!”

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