Sunday, June 04, 2023


Teaneck Pop-Up Shop Tomorrow: BookATailor's Affordable Custom Suits

Custom suits bring to mind visions of a millionaire getting measured by his personal tailor and fitted for a suit that meets his exact measurements. Every time he steps out in his custom-crafted suit he exudes confidence and sartorial splendor, knowing his suit was made to help him look his best. If this scene is what dreams are made of, rest assured that quality


BCHSJS Hosts Annual Gala Dinner

(Courtesy of BCHSJS) The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS), recently held its Annual Gala at Temple Israel and JCC. The event was emceed by Principal-Director Fred Nagler, and the dvar Torah was given by Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene.

Parent Honorees were Heidi and Seth


Zevachim 14 and 15

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

This week we learned Zevachim 14 and 15. These are some highlights.

Zevachim 14: Can the gabbai sell the right to open the ark and the right to


Ashkenazic Single Men Without a Tallit at Shaarei Orah

May we permit Ashkenazic single men to sit in Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, without a tallit? Sephardic practice follows straightforward reasoning—a bar mitzvah is responsible for all mitzvot. Thus, why should he wait until marriage in order to wear a tallit during tefillah?


Emor: Down for the Count

Vayikra: 24:15-16

April 9, Day of Omer 9

Dear Diary,

Passover was great. Saw lots of family. Had two wicked Sedarim, although the second ran nasty late. Hung out at the mall with friends. Saw two movies.


Almost Home

When I was a kid (wow, I’ve reached that age...), before Pesach I would bring home a nice Pesach booklet that contained many divrei Torah. Today, each of our children brings home a complete professional-looking Haggadah, which include personalized pictures, numerous explanations and a plethora of divrei Torah.


Sanctity in the Mundane

Parashat Emor that we read this week dedicates its first perek to the laws of kedusha as they apply to the kohanim. The obligation of the kohanim to retain a state of tahara, purity, when serving in the Mikdash, their prohibition to have contact with the dead and the women they are permitted to marry are all included in the first


A View From the Office

In these post-Pesach months, we read Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) on Shabbat afternoon. A number of mishnayot in Pirkei Avot begin with “hu haya omer”—he used to say. “He used to say” carries a different connotation than “he said”; it implies repetition, frequency. This wasn’t just a one-off. It was something


Bergenfield’s Dr. Rebecca Eliason Named Barnstable Academy Head of School

Barnstable Academy, a college-preparatory private school serving students in fifth through twelfth grade, has announced the appointment of Bergenfield’s Dr. Rebecca Eliason as head of school. Eliason, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a graduate of Stern College of Yeshiva University and earned her master’s and


Why Is Everyone Surprised by the Truth?

After Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu divulged publicly the astounding news that Iran has had a nuclear weapons program for years by showing actual proof, we are shocked but not particularly surprised that today the United Nations nuclear agency rejected his claims, stating that there were “no credible indications” to support


My Stories

Part 25 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

Israeli Army

It was in 1982, at the time when PB was decentralizing the traffic department, and before I started working in the steel department, that my


Tante’s Lamps

I may have mentioned that my husband and I are on a decorating journey. As I prepare this column there is a large carton from Smith & Noble in our basement waiting for its mate to be delivered and then we can schedule installation of new window treatments. We are just a couple of small steps away from completion of our living

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