Tuesday, June 06, 2023


How to Fix a Flat Tire in Three Easy Steps (and 14 Hard Steps)

Today’s article is about how to change your tire. A lot of people are scared to change a tire, but in truth, it’s not much harder than changing a light bulb, if you had to jack up your house first and risk it maybe rolling down a hill.

  1. 1. Determine that your car has a flat. A good way

Calculating Candyman

Responsible parents typically instruct their children to never accept candy from strangers. This is true in the Jewish world except when it comes to the synagogue candyman (or candywoman), i.e., the person sitting in shul who hands out loads of lollipops and tons of taffy to every kid who crosses his (or her) pew. The synagogue


How to Turn Ordinary Moments into Proud Moments

When a family is faced with a new diagnosis of autism for their child, the immediate feelings can be overwhelming. The child might be faced with vast educational and physical challenges, but sometimes the behavioral and social concerns can be far more consuming. There has been much progress over the past decade to serve the


Dirshu Holds Seder Nezikin Siyum in Vienna

It took almost nine decades for the sweet sounds of Torah to be heard again in the Sofiensaal Auditorium in Vienna, yet during the first week of Nisan, klal Yisrael witnessed a profound manifestation of Netzach Yisrael lo yishaker. A siyum on the Daf Hayomi Seder Nezikin was held on 2 Nisan in the exact same hall in Vienna


Black Box Studios Runs Summer Teen Theater Program

Rock Musical Theater Intensive, Black Box Studios’ popular summer program for teens with a serious interest in the performing arts, will run this summer for its ninth season from Monday, July 2, until Sunday, August 12, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students aged 13-19 spend a month working on a Broadway-style musical that


Rejuvenating a Family Bond

My father-in-law, Is, short for Isadore, would often muse that he was the fifth child born on the fifth day of the fifth month. That was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1911. His parents, from Pinsk, married in Elizabeth, where his mother bore and, with the help of her eldest child, her daughter, Ann, raised 14


The End of Bad Habits

“Mommy, why do you always make this face?” my younger daughter asked me one afternoon last year, contorting her lips into what resembled an angry cow. I didn’t even have to look to know to what she was referring. It was my habit of the past five years, biting at my lips, something I had transitioned into in an effort to stop


The Holocaust Is Even More Relevant Today

With all of the horrific images of public shootings, mass murders and terrorist attacks we are exposed to on an almost daily basis, why is there a need to focus on the Holocaust? Isn’t this just another example of man’s inhumanity to man? And if that is so, aren’t there better examples where more people were killed?


Horayot 8

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 Horayot 8. These are some highlights.

Horayot 8: Is there a mitzvah that garners immediate reward in this world?

Reb Heschel from Cracow (Chanukat Hatorah, Yisro) asked a powerful question. Our sages have


Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut at Congregation Shaarei Orah

Part I

In celebration of Yom Haatzmaut of our beloved Medinat Yisrael, we will review the major points of the debate whether one should recite Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut. We will discuss some of the major Talmudic sources that have been the focus of this debate. Rav Ovadia


Some Interesting Words in the Amidah

Compared to some of our other prayers, the Hebrew in the daily Amidah is fairly straightforward. Nevertheless, there are some interesting words. I will now present a selection (in the order the words appear in the Amidah):

Gomel: In Tanach, the root G-M-L has several meanings. Sometimes it means


The Will of God or the Will of Man

At first glance, the connection between the haftarah and our parsha seems obvious: the tragic deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aharon, the kohen gadol, in the midst of the nation joyously celebrating the inauguration of the Mishkan service is paralleled in our haftarah by the death of Uzzah, the son of Avinadav, one who

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