Friday, October 07, 2022


Cries From the Heart

In the past two weeks, we have unfortunately had the occasion of visiting two different houses of shiva. In both cases, the families of the people who had died were people whom we knew prior to our move to the States. Rarely can it be said that when a person passes away it is not sad. No matter what the age might be of the person


Cruisin’ for a Tax Deduction

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Facebook or Twitter recently, you may have missed out on something going viral. It turns out there was an election in this country.

Without getting involved in the politics, I’ve noticed that there’s been some division among the populace.


‘Soon by You’ Web Series Shares Joys and  Plights of the Modern Orthodox Dating Scene

For some of us who’ve been through it, it’ll be like taking a trip down memory lane. To those of us who have kids in the dating scene it’ll be a glimpse into what our kids go through. And to those of us just looking for a romcom with a Modern Orthodox angle, this will fit the bill. What meets all these criteria? “Soon by


Full-Length Animated Jewish Feature Film Tells Baal Shem Tov Stories

Holyworld Productions announced its latest production, an animated Jewish feature film featuring the voices of Mayim Bialik, Dudu Fisher and Roseanne Barr, entitled “Stories of the Baal Shem Tov.” The film’s producers are striving to remind people about the positive, empowering and communal ways of Judaism throughout the


Trump’s Promise for the Middle East

Donald Trump’s stunning victory created a new America. The voters repudiated the progressive vision that President Obama had foisted upon us and the world. After pulling off the supposedly impossible task of winning the office, Trump now faces the even greater challenge of delivering on his promise to Make America Great Again.


The Obligation to Respond to Trumpism

Admonishing Western leaders to take more seriously current ominous threats to the free world and especially Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly invoked historical events including the tragedy of European anti-Semitism. In particular, the Prime Minister has showcased in speeches to the U.N., Congress and AIPAC or in


Bava Metzia 46 and 47

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 Bava Metzia 46 and 47. These are some highlights.

Bava Metzia 46: The customer left his purchases in the store.


Vayera: Do the Right Thing

Bereishit 18:18

The yellow buses pulled up in the school parking lot to take the kids to the rally in the city, and Rabbi Rosencrantz stood at his usual spot in the front of the line of students, cell phone in one hand, clipboard in the other.



Resolving a Dispute Between a Loving Father and Daughter

A loving daughter and her adoring father were in disagreement. The daughter very much enjoys playing on her sports team at the university she attends. The father, seeing her daughter’s (relatively mild) bruises sustained almost weekly during practices and games, would like her to leave the team (or at least not join the next


‘Carry Your Child’

Parshat Vayera

How fitting is the selection for today’s haftarah, not simply in the stories that it relates but in the very fact that, as Professor P. Meltzer writes, it is the first time since starting the Torah reading cycle that the haftarah relates the accomplishments of the righteous,


Give and Take

Dr. John Gottman, the world-renowned psychologist and relationship expert, stresses that there are certain tell-tale signs of a struggling relationship. Gottman explains that if a conversation begins with a “harsh startup,” a quarrel will, in almost all cases, be inevitable. If a spouse begins to communicate to his/her partner


Balfour, UNESCO, Jewish Destiny and Historic Travesty

On November 2, we celebrated the 99 thanniversary of the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917. On that day the British government published the Balfour Declaration, signed by its foreign secretary, Lord James Arthur Balfour. The Declaration — addressed to Lord Lionel Rothschild who was asked to bring it to

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