Friday, May 20, 2022


Sports Safety

The news media have been paying great attention lately to the high rates of concussions and other injuries among professional as well as young athletes in the United States. Fortunately, it’s now less common for a player whose head has collided violently with a ball, a wall, the ground or another player to return to


When Jokes Make Us Cringe

By Gabby

Dear Gabby:

We have friends (a married couple) whom we go out with frequently. Whenever we are together we are appalled at the way that our friend Mike (not his real name) treats his wife. He is always putting her down and actually frequently


Musings on Winter Storm Jonas

Don and I moved into our home in May 1987. When we started shopping for a home over President’s Day weekend, we looked at about a dozen houses before we came across the one we eventually purchased. It had been on the market for a few months, and it was the dead of winter. We saw the house, and then came back with my parents to get their


A Quick-Spin Jewish Guide to Board Games

Now that the gift-giving season of Chanukah is a distant memory and we’ve also satisfied the birthday presents of all of our friends and relatives who had the good sense to be born in December, it’s time to definitely review and rank all of the traditional board games we felt compelled to buy this year. I’m talking about the


A Golden Ticket to the Center for Kehillah Development

In 1964, British author Roald Dahl published “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The book described how Mr. Willy Wonka, owner of the Wonka Chocolate Factory, hid five golden tickets in the wrappers of his chocolate bars. The finders of those tickets were awarded an amazing visit to the chocolate factory and a secret opportunity of a


Kehillat Kesher: A New Shul With a Growing Membership

Kehillat Kesher, the Community Synagogue of Englewood and Tenafly, was founded in 2000, when eight families from Manhattan’s Upper West Side boldly decided to start a new community in New Jersey. Evan Sohn, one of the founding members and a past president of the shul, explained: “The founding families all grew up in


Connecting With Shabbos, One Carving at a Time

For many years, my wife, Lisa, and I have had a hand-painted floral wooden Shabbos and Yom Tov challah cutting board with a clear plastic top that the loaves actually sit on. It’s the rectangular plastic that protects the painted blue, red and yellow board itself.

We’ve had the cutting board


Weekly Roundup: Gittin Pages 39-46

May the Torah learning be a merit for the neshamah of Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h

This past week we learned Gittin pages 39-46. Here are some of this week’s highlights.



Jblogging at Mount Sinai

Shemot: 20:2

(A glossary of the Internet abbreviations used in this story is available at the bottom of this post.)

Yonie Potashnick was not a blogger, not by any stretch of the imagination. By profession he was an accountant, and he used his computer as much as he


Shas Chabura Launches Successful Study Program Nationwide

When you walk into your shul, yeshiva or beis medrash this week, you may find a goldmine waiting for you in the form of a new, free pamphlet being distributed by Shas Chabura. The artfully produced booklets, describing the merit and satisfaction achieved through the program’s review and retention method, are being distributed in select


The Origins of Forgiveness

Part II

In Part I of this series we came to understand that the ability to “forgive, even when one can’t forget,” continues to be one the greatest relational challenges we face, one that occupies a large percentage of the caseloads in the practices of relational therapists. We also considered the


Sephardic Rescue of Hamin/Cholent

Part II

Last week we noted the concern of many of the congregants at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, regarding the rulings of Maran (the author of the Shulhan Aruch) and Hacham Ovadia Yosef, unequivocally forbidding Sephardic Jews from placing hot water from an urn into

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