Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Teaneck to Chashmonayim, Israeli High School to Hesder: An Aliyah Perspective

This July marked our family’s four-year Aliyah anniversary. Ironically, my husband and I spent it in the States, so it passed us by like a deflated balloon after a

Brotherly Love

My middle child, son #2, is leaving the nest to go to learn in Israel for the year. The school he picked is a pretty serious one, one that makes me question if I am really his birth mother. The school he picked also is a fan of white shabbos shirts, as opposed to the blue ones that he favors (and match his eyes). Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with his choice and


What You’re Actually Learning

It’s time to go back to school, although if you’re a student (especially one of my high school students), you probably don’t even know why.

“What are we even learning here?” you ask, usually while the teacher is trying to talk.

Maybe you should pay attention.

“Think about it,” you say. “Everything I learn, I forget immediately


Back to School: This Year, in Israel

While waiting on line (a real line, not online!) at Manor Shoe Repair to have a Power bag repaired for one of my engineers, a proud grandfather with his grandson was getting taps on a pair of shoes. The grandfather asked me if I was going to write another column about back to school. Comments such as this one are humbling,


Check It Out

A few years back, my husband and I took our children to the Empire State Building for an outing. We parked in one of the lots right near our destination and had a wonderful day—the weather was especially clear and the vistas were amazing. After an early dinner at Mendy’s, we went back to the lot and headed home. A fun time was had by all, and the entire ride home


Amid Rise in Campus Anti-Semitism, Pro-Israel Students Prepare for Challenging Year Ahead

For most students, the dog days of August are one final chance for summer traditions such as hitting the beach or visiting national parks with their family before heading back to campus.

For dozens of pro-Israel college students, however, learning about ways to combat increasing campus


Keep the Excitement Going

Throughout the Jewish world, tens of thousands of children and young adults recently returned to the classroom for another year of schooling. The excitement was palpable. Children and parents were busy purchasing and labeling school supplies, clothing, lunchboxes and other related items. Teachers worked diligently to ready their classrooms, organize materials and


Bava Kama 82

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

Reading the Torah at Mincha when I missed out on the reading during Shacharit

Normally the Torah is to be read during the


‘Out of the Darkness’ : North Bergen Walk to Honor Memory of Eric Levenson, a”h

More than 70 people will be joining the walk in Braddock Park-Bruin Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, September 18, to honor the memory of an individual whom they knew and loved—Eric Eliezer Levenson, a” h. The 2 1/2 hour event will be duplicated throughout the country and throughout the year by hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow


A Sephardi Refusing Bagels, Lox and Cream Cheese? Why?

Bagels, cream cheese and lox are a favorite treat for many Jews, especially at a seudat brit milah. Why, then, do many Sephardic Jews refrain from this delicious delicacy and all mixtures of milk and fish (perhaps with the exception of butter)?

We know that we do not eat fish and meat together


Kids of Courage Takes Dallas

The day Kids of Courage had been anxiously awaiting finally arrived!

On Thursday, August 18, 130 seriously ill children made their way to Newark International Airport to kick off a unique eight-day adventure to Texas aboard their very own United charter flight.

The flight was truly a K.O.C. one, with music and dancing, starting off their annual summer


Risk Assessment

I have never been a fan of roller coasters, but many people enjoy the thrill and excitement. Recently we have heard of a number of tragic accidents with resulting fatalities that occurred on roller coasters and other amusement park rides. As of 2014, the chance of being killed on a roller coaster in the United States was 1 in 1.5

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