Tuesday, May 24, 2022


If There’s Room in the Heart, There’s Room for a Home

Have you ever watched a family of children enter their new home?

This past Tuesday was a sight to behold as over 200 orphans poured into their new home-away-from-home, Project Boneinu’s Orphan Center. The orphans went from room to room, smiling from ear to ear, inspecting the


Bar Mitzvah Boy Celebrates With IDF

His bar mitzvah approaching, Uriel Simpson of Teaneck decided he wanted something more meaningful than just a party for family and friends. He elaborated, “Since the State of Israel was created in 1948, way before I was born, there has been a need for soldiers to fight for our country against its many enemies.


For Over 30 Years, SINAI Has Turned Disabilities Into Possibilities

There is something special about a parent or a grandparent seeing their dreams of a happy, secure, confident child or grandchild emerge from a journey that they know could have taken a difficult turn. SINAI Schools has, for over 30 years, done this and more for well over 1,000


From the Desk—Er, Shtender—of a Shana Aleph Talmid

Firstly, I really must say how impressive it is to see a high school senior who feels so passionately about an idea that he goes ahead and writes about it in a public forum ( “From the Desk of a


Weekly Roundup: Gittin 54-60

The learning is dedicated le’iluy nishmas Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.


This week we learned Gittin 54-60. The following are some highlights of the sugyot.

Gittin 54


Teruma: Groovin With the Kruvim

Shemot: 25:18-22

Director: Come in, come in.

Actor 1: Thank you so much for taking the time to see us.

Actor 2: We’re really sorry to bother you. Really, really sorry. You have no idea how sorry.


Trees of Faith

Trees in the desert? Where would we find the atzei shitim(acacia wood) that Hashem tells us in Parshat Teruma are needed to build the Mishkan in Midbar Sinai, which is not an ordinary desert, but (as a quick glance at Google Earth reveals) a fierce and bleak land? Ibn Ezra (whose analysis of this issue is quite an eye opener)


Give Until It Feels Good

One night a few weeks ago, one of our children had a cold and was coughing. Before they went to sleep I picked up the humidifier in order to fill it up with water. As soon as I lifted it I heard the unmistakable sound of clinking coins. When I tried to get them out I realized that they had been inserted into the compartment which housed the


An Insight Into the Shabbat Shacharit

Every Shabbat morning before the prayer Yishtabach, we recite the phrase: le-hodot, le-hallel, le-shabeach, le-faer, le-romem, le-hader, le-varech, le-aleh, u-le- kales

Anyone who knows Tanach should immediately sense an issue here. The root KLS (kof, lamed, samech) appears in Tanach


Education: The Great Jewish Unifier

Over the course of the last year, the Jewish people have been tested a great deal, both as individuals and as a nation. While we have many blessings and remarkable achievements, we are rarely without stress, challenges and unpredictability. Our lives can be a rollercoaster with the wanton violence that has claimed so many Israeli


February Is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

For the past eight years, through the coordination of Greater MetroWest ABLE, the greater New Jersey community has participated in Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The month of February has been designated to mark the worldwide effort to “raise awareness and champion the civil rights of


Reading ‘In the Land of Armadillos’: Stories by Helen Maryles Shankman

When it comes to the literature of the Holocaust, there can sometimes appear to be a glut of fiction written by those distant from it, too often revisiting the same bleak terrain of atrocity with the same tropes and sentiments. Helen Maryles Shankman’s book, by contrast, stands out as one of the most original and consistently

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