Sunday, August 14, 2022


Social Media Oversight: How Can Parents Do a Better Job?

The Lord of the Flies Syndrome

A group of young boys are stranded on a desert island and create a new society, developing governing bodies, rules, norms and culture. This is the premise of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.” Unsurprisingly, this story ends in chaos and


What Jewish Day Schools Can Learn From Pop Culture

Part II

In towns all over America and on many school campuses, sports rule! For day schools a more measured approach is necessary. However, Jewish day schools can learn from school sports that ruach counts!

School spirit generates its own significance and


Yom Kippur in Iyar?

A fond memory which I recall from childhood was that of a sign posted on the lobby door to my shul, the Young Israel of Bensonhurst. It was placed on the door during the month of Elul by our beloved rav, Rabbi Elias Schwartz shlit”a. The sign read “Do Teshuva Now: Avoid the Yom Kippur Rush.” It is barely a week after Pesach; who can


Thanking Hashem on Yom Ha’atzmaut—A Must

The Haggadah, most appropriately, moves us to thank Hashem on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Every commentator to the Haggadah finds the Dayeinu poem puzzling. For example, why would it be sufficient—Dayeinu—for us to leave Mitzrayim and not be saved from the Egyptians at the Yam Suf? Why would it have been sufficient for us to have drawn


Acharei Mot: A Trek in the Wilderness


This was not good. Not good at all.

The summer was coming. The boys would be coming home from college this week. It was a time of great excitement in the Zuckerman house. But it was also a time of tribulation. Because Marty Zuckerman knew what it


Nude-Colored Shoes Make a Fashion Statement Year Round

Shoes. Heels or flats? Metallics or plain? Patent leather or matte? So many decisions, and a necessary evil for fashionistas everywhere. But thanks to the growing trend of nude-colored shoes, at least one decision has been simplified. Nude-colored shoes have become the color to wear.


Need a Ride? Jacob Herenstein’s WhatsApp Group Can Help You

If you are alive and breathing and are somewhat familiar with technology, chances are you are a part of some sort of WhatsApp group. It could be a family group, a group with friends or even a high school carpool group. Teaneck resident Jacob Herenstein, 22, has taken the WhatsApp group to a whole new level. Move over Uber, Teaneck


Passaic Celebrates National Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum

“Tonight’s siyum is special. It is a historic event,” said HaGaon HaRav Yerucham Olshin, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood. “Although we celebrate many siyumim, baruch Hashem a siyum by so many thousands upon thousands of Yidden on a chelek of Mishnah Berurah, having learned one daf after another on a


Do You Know the Secret to Life?

Last month I had an unbelievable experience. I walked on fire.

OK, not actual fire, but I walked on hot coals at Tony Robbins’s Unleash the Power Within seminar in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since that time I’ve had so many people ask me questions like, “What was it like?” (It was amazing.)


The Sins of the Jews

Pesach is a joyous whirlwind. Once you have gotten through the preparations, and the chag itself actually starts, the streets of Teaneck are filled with people walking from house to house, going to and from shul, while the vegetarians among us are wandering like zombies down the wagon wheel–inspired streets trying to figure out


Golden Days: Gaza 1967 Revisited

It is undebatable that the Middle East has seen more than its share of conflict and war. Whether one looks back in time or just considers current events, the lands between the eastern Mediterranean and the Jordan River have been crossed by too many conquering armies and warring peoples eager to impose their will on the native


Glatt Kosher Marijuana

Gosh, who remembers the savory taste of Wrigley’s sticks of gum? There was no question as to whether or not it was kosher. Everyone chewed it. What about Sunshine cookies? As long as any product had vegetable shortening in it there was no worry. All one had to do was check the ingredients. For some reason that we do not remember, Nabisco

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