Monday, August 15, 2022


People to Lean On

In this week’s article, we’re going to have the big discussion that every couple has at some point—whether you should make your own Pesach seder or have a big extended-family seder.

Now obviously, this question doesn’t apply to everyone. I’m not talking about small families with no kids, such


Costco With the Elderly

As I write this, I am deep in the throes of procrastination. I mean, knee deep, not moving, the lists that I have made of things-to-do are literally mocking me, and yet, still I stay. It is so pathetic that I have even watched an episode of The View celebrating Candace Cameron’s birthday. It is that bad. I hate The View. And Candace looks


Questions and Answers With Kollel Chatzos

Rabbi Nechemye Hoffman is the founder and director of Kollel Chatzos. A young, married father of three, he started the first kollel in 2011 with just 14 members and a dream. Four years later there are four locations, and the power and zechus of supporting limud haTorah, especially at chatzos, is reverberating


MEOR Scores Another Touchdown for Jewish Learning

On Sunday, May 8, an energetic squad will take the field at MetLife Stadium focused on a single mission: to inspire, educate and empower future Jewish leaders at top universities across the country. Hosted by MEOR (www.MEOR.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish college students in the discovery of


The Myth of Second Semester Senior Year?

Throughout my years of high school there have been plenty of tough moments, particularly when I’ve been slammed with test after test and assignment after assignment. Keeping up a decent GPA while still finding time to do clubs and get a couple of hours of sleep has never been easy, to say the least. But throughout it all, there


Renewal: A Lifetime of Redemption Through Kidney Donation

There are currently over 100,000 people in the United States desperately in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. In fact, odds are you may know someone in that category. Unfortunately, around 4,000–5,000 people die each year waiting for a kidney.

Renewal is an organization that is dedicated


The Tragic Outcome of Lashon Hara

On September 22, 2010, Tyler Clements, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. It was soon discovered that Tyler’s roommates and hallmates used a webcam on his computer to view and then publicly broadcast the most private aspects of Tyler’s life. Once the recordings were out


Like Water on a Rock

One of the key questions for Modern Orthodox Jews to ask—and constantly re-ask—ourselves is how public we are with our Judaism. For Ultra Orthodox Jews, the answer is simple. Who they are is evident for all to see. Their names and their appearances are as they would have been hundreds of years ago in Poland or Lithuania. For those from


Fat, Skinny, Very Skinny or Just So-So

It sounds like we are discussing the details of a shidduch possibility. Rarely do we hear the question, “Is he or she intelligent? Do they have a good relationship with their family? Do they have goals for the future that have a purpose?” Unfortunately, frequently, instead, the first question asked is: “What does he


A Modern-Day Dayeinu Song

Editor’s Note: The Modern-Day Dayeinu Song appears in The Krengel Family Edition of The Koren Mahzor for Yom HaAtzma’ut and Yom Yerushalayim (


It’s Not About Cutting Bread

This article is modified from a speech introducing the SINAI Shalem boys’ performance of The Wizard of Oz on April 12, 2016. The students began preparation for the show in September, and spent months leading up to the single performance for their friends and family.



Resilience and Fulfillment Through Failure Matchilim B’Gnut U’mesaymim B’Shevach

Of the hundreds of thousands of seforim published over the years and those that continue to make their way to the neighborhood Judaic stores in troves, there is no topic more popular than the Haggadah. Virtually every sage, both ancient and modern, has either authored a commentary on the Haggadah or their insights have been gathered by

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