Friday, March 24, 2023


Simchat Torah at Camp HASC

(Courtesy of Camp HASC)There was an incredible amount of simcha in the air at the Camp HASC Simchaton! Close to 300 people gathered in the beautiful grounds of their summer home, the beloved Camp HASC, to experience an unforgettable Simchat Torah together. Campers of all ages, staff members and camp


Away for the Holidays Tech

For two weeks this past month I was “out of town,” as they say in Texas, where I visited. With all the apps we use in the New Jersey and New York area I figure we see more and are more in the know with apps than out of towners. But there are always some great surprises.

Technology always


Money vs. Happiness

Today I have some depressing news from the Office of National Statistics in England. According to the ONS, “Wealthier people have a greater sense of wealth and happiness.”

Wealthy people have a greater sense of wealth? Wow. That’s profound.

But what’s


Pleading the Fifth, From Two Sides

Dear Shoshy,

I am trying to set someone up and I know a piece of information about them that is not extremely flattering. I am wondering what my halachic and ethical place is—do I have to reveal this information about them? Normally, I would not hesitate, but I happen to believe that in


Are Smart Locks Shabbat Compatible?

This week, Amazon introduced “Amazon Key,” a service that will deliver packages into your home, rather than leave them outside. The days of worrying about packages left at your front door will soon be a memory. In fact, with Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, I am now certain we will have Amazon delivering


Yachad Gala Honoree: The Inspirational Avi Tsadok

When you meet Avi, you are immediately taken in by his warmth. When I walked up to Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, Avi’s place of work, he waved me in and flashed me his big smile. Avi, 34, is a participant of New Jersey Yachad’s vocational program. The program places individuals with special needs


Upgrade and Save Money On Your Health Insurance During Open Enrollment 2018

It’s almost that time of year again, open enrollment season! If you are not part of a group health plan and unhappy with your coverage, get ready because your time to shop for health insurance is rapidly approaching.

Starting November 1 and ending December 15, the health insurance market will


Thousands Begin Third Machzor of Dirshu Kinyan Halacha

“You are engaged in making the greatest possible nachas ruach to Hashem Yisbarach, the Nosein HaTorah, by learning Halacha comprehensively in the Kinyan Halacha program. Chazal tell us that Hashem has nothing in His world other than the four amos of Halacha. Let us think for a second. Hashem, the King of the world, has


The Life of Herzl Melcer aka Lt. Iwan Siemienowicz Pidlowskij

Part 6 (Continued from last week)

Not having heard anything further by mid-December, I asked for an update, only to be informed that Iwona was still waiting for an answer from the Voivodeship Office in Szczecin.

Months passed and no further word.


Resumes That Work

If you are looking for a job, writing a resume is one of the first steps you need to take. The goal of a resume is to get you in the door with prospective employers. And you have about 30 seconds to grab the reader’s attention.

As the former manager of staffing for a Fortune 500 company,


One or Two Simple but Important Documents That We All Need, Even Our 18-Year-Olds

I was sitting at the Shabbos lunch table with friends and we all have kids who are in or are going off to Israel or college for the year. I realized that none of them—all intelligent professionals—thought about some things that seem so obvious to me. Their child, whom they still think of as a child, that same one that they


Is There a Link Between the Economy and Fundraising?

Is there a link between the state of the economy and fundraising? My first instinct is to say “Yup, you betcha,” especially having gone through “up and down” cycles during the last 30 years. For example, take the year 2008. Please! That’s when the economy started to tank and many nonprofits saw their fundraising revenue

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