Thursday, October 06, 2022


Quickest Diet Ever

One of the big things about having a month with 85 days of Yom Tov is that after all those weeks shopping and cooking and living in the backyard, you’re like, “What did I used to do before I spent 90 percent of my time making food and sleeping?”

Dieting. That’s what we used to



Hello, there! My name is Banji and I would like to welcome you to Banji’s Banter. Over the next few weeks, I will be making some changes to my little corner of the world and explanations will follow. However, this week, I have some post-holiday odds and ends that I would like to tie up as well as delve into a whole new topic. So


Why You Should Call Your Accountant Today

I was looking through the newspaper ads last week and came across the Shoprite ad. It was at this moment that I came to a realization. Before every Jewish holiday, no matter which one it is, the large grocery chains always advertise sales on borscht, sardines and jarred gefilte fish. While these may have been the trendy culinary dishes in 1920 Soviet


Thoughts That Grip Us: Remembering My Mother-in-Law

Waiting for the yizkor service to begin is a perfect time to reflect. This year, sitting behind a fellow congregant at the Charles Kimmel building of the Maplewood Jewish Center, I was entranced by the bare goldtone zipper on the classy black outfit worn by the woman in front of me. The style is finally starting to win me


The Road of Miracles

We had the great honor of driving to Montreal on the Friday of Chol Hamoed Sukkot with the intention of picking up our daughter Naama and bringing her to Teaneck for Simchat Torah. As we drove farther and farther into the Adirondacks, we jointly felt the presence of something very special happening at that moment. It was the



Can you spot 10 differences between these two pictures of the sukkah that was painted by Julie Sohnen, Leora Moskowitz and Ilan Moskowitz?



Rav Meir Shapira’s Daf Yomi Talmud for Sale in Jerusalem

This Rosh Hashanah saw the 93 rdanniversary of the Daf Yomi cycle. Now, a tangible reminder of those early years is available for enthusiasts to enjoy.

Few imagined the global phenomenon that would result when Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin introduced the idea at the First


Teaneck Natives Serve as Gift of Life Campus Ambassadors

It could be the plot of the next great Hollywood blockbuster. A young man from New Jersey is diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. He and his family exhaust every imaginable resource in an attempt to find his match. Since bone marrow matches often occur in those with


Bava Metzia 12 and 13

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 12 and 13. These are some highlights.



Ha’azinu: Music Hath Charms...

Devarim 32

It was Mrs. Pomeranz’s 25th anniversary at the Nachmanides School. Hard to believe, but she had been teaching music to the student body for over a generation. She had played at assemblies for students who now had their own children at the school. She had taught everything


The Use of Baby Monitors on Shabbat and Yom Tov

A lively discussion ensued at the conclusion of Rosh Hashanah at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck. The topic was a hotly debated topic, as to the permissibility of parents turning on a baby monitor prior to Shabbat or Yom Tov and placing it in an infant’s room so that parents can be


Simcha for All

In his later years, when his health was failing, Rav Leib Chasman, zt”l, the late mashgiach of the Chevron Yeshiva, asked one of his talmidim to sleep in his home each night in order to help if he became in need of assistance. On each morning of Sukkot, Rav Chasman had the custom, as many people do, to make the bracha on his

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