Saturday, June 03, 2023


BPY Commemorates Yom Hazikaron With Jointly Sponsored Community-Wide Ceremony

Ben Porat Yosef welcomed Naftali Gross, a medic and veteran of Operation Protective Edge, and Matan Dansker, squad commander veteran of Operation Protective Edge to present to students and to speak at a jointly-sponsored, community-wide Yom Hazikaron program on Tuesday, April 17th. During the school day,


Tenafly Chabad Academy Marks Yom Hazikaron

In honor of Yom HaZikaron, Tenafly Chabad Academy welcomed former IDF lone soldier Ilana Frankel. She spoke to the students in grades four through eight about why she chose to make aliyah and join the army, some of the challenges she faced as a lone soldier and why she is so proud of her Israeli Army service.


Yom Hazikaron Takes On Meaning at Yeshivat He’Atid

On Yom Hazikaron, Yeshivat He’Atid came together to commemorate the day in a somber and meaningful way. After tefillah, students in grades one through six gathered for a brief tekes to commemorate the day. They focused on appreciating Tzahal and students heard from a number of teachers—some who served and some


JKHA Students Mark Yom Hazikaron Through Learning and Meaningful Progamming

Throughout JKHA, students participated in age-appropriate, meaningful programming to commemorate Yom Hazikaron.

In Lower School, second grade through fourth grade were visited by four JKHA parents who served in the IDF. The parents shared personal stories, memorabilia


Yeshivat Noam Observes Yom Hazikaron

Special thanks to Stephen Flatow for speaking with the Yeshivat Noam eighth graders to commemorate Yom Hazikaron. Flatow, a YN grandparent and well known activist, spoke about the inspiring life and tragic murder of his daughter Alisa Flatow, z”l, in a bus bombing in Israel in 1995. Additionally, he shared


MTA Partners With Jerusalem U on Yom Hazikaron

To commemorate Yom Hazikaron, MTA joined over 95 schools from 12 countries to watch and discuss Jerusalem U’s compelling new film, “When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope.” The film follows three young Israelis who were injured in combat and strive to rebuild themselves while


Linda Sarsour’s ‘Palestinian Blood’

“I am honored and grateful to God that he chose to let this Palestinian blood run through my veins.”

That April 1 tweet by Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour caught my eye. At first, noting the date of her tweet, I thought that Sarsour might just be kidding around. But no, it was no April


MTA Learns About Ethics on the Battlefield With IDF General Bentzi Gruber

In preparation for Yom Hazikaron, MTA students had the opportunity to hear from IDF General Bentzi Gruber, founder of Ethics In The Field, a non-profit organization that instills the values of community and social responsibility in the hearts of IDF soldiers throughout their military service, enabling them to maintain their moral


Zevachim 2

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 Zevachim 2. These are some highlights.

Zevachim 2: Can you sell your portion in the World To Come?


A Contest for My Readers

Due to the positive feedback I received over the past two years (special shout-out to Michael Rapoport!), I decided to collect the best 60 of my columns and publish them as a book. The subtitle may be something like “Sixty Short Essays on Jewish Liturgy and History, the Hebrew Language, and the Holidays.” But I need suggestions


RKYHS Honors Israel’s Fallen on Yom HaZikaron

The RKYHS program on Yom Hazikaron was thoughtfully led by Rabbi Chamudot, RKYHS sgan rosh hayeshiva and Tanach department chair. The morning began with limud mishnayot, to commemorate fallen soldiers and terror victims. Rabbi Chamudot continued the memorial service with a musical ceremony highlighting and describing in great depth


Sharing Our Ices

As I spent so much family time together with my children over this past Pesach, it afforded me time to just stop, watch them play and just be children without the hustle and bustle of the normal crazy schedule. It was something that was a real treat for me as it was for many of you. One particular moment that was truly a pleasure

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