Monday, September 26, 2022


The Taxing Burden of Being an Athlete

How many times have you found yourself being jealous of professional athletes with their massive salaries? You find yourself comparing your life with theirs, as if the Cavaliers were deciding to draft you or Lebron. You think to yourself, “I’m the same age as this guy and he makes $20 million a year more than me. What


Back to America: Notes From a Returning Vacationer

Two weeks abroad on an annual summer vacation can be somewhat disorienting when you return stateside. My recent trip to Israel where my wife and I spent those two weeks based in Jerusalem overlapped by chance with both the Republican and Democratic conventions. These distinctly American events were in fact global in their impact.


Over 2,500 Bachurim in 13 Camps Celebrate Dirshu Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim Accomplishments

“There are so many benefits that a bachur gains from Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim summer camp program. First and foremost is the limud haTorah itself. The summer is a time when bachurim require a bit more motivation than during the year and the Dirshu program has proven to be an exemplary motivator. The fact that bachurim


Musicians of All Ages Invited to Audition for Performing Ensembles

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Fall Ensemble Auditions on Sunday, September 11.

“We are very excited to begin our 33rd season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy


Bezalel Grads Win Prestigious International Animation Award

Jerusalem—The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s first institute of higher education, announced that two of its graduates won first place for original design in the 2016 Animation Block Party Awards. The Animation Block Party is the largest animation festival on the East Coast of the United States, dedicated to exhibiting the


‘Sharing Seats’ Takes Kids Out to the Ballgame

Enhancing lives, one seat at a time. That’s the motto of the non-profit organization called Sharing Seats. According to Noah Falkenstein, Sharing Seats’ Executive Director, “Our goal at Sharing Seats is to provide sick and disadvantaged children and their families with the unique opportunity to


A Gift of 40 Years

On Friday, God willing, my wife Lisa and I will be married for 40 years.

In 1976, the year of our marriage, the nation had just celebrated its 200 thbirthday, its bicentennial.

A bridal party could actually rent red, white and blue tuxedos,


Lone Soldiers Benefit From Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Chesed

On July 6, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, Yair Konigsberg of Bergenfield celebrated his Bo BaYom Bar Mitzvah at Camp Mesorah. Yair and his Shalhevet division prepared care packages for the lone soldiers making aliyah on the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. This week, as the family gears up for his Bar Mitzvah celebration, they


The Torah’s Perspective on Friendship in Marriage

Part 1

A highlight of our summer was when our family gathered together for a “Shabbaton” where we had the privilege of “shepping” nachas from our children and grandchildren. Among the lively conversation and great food, there was, however, one disturbing conversation


Medical Discovery: Talmudic Study Methods Work Best

Modern medicine has made an amazing discovery: Medical students who team up have a better chance of making the right diagnosis.

As MedPage Today reported, medical students who worked in pairs to solve diagnostic problems were more likely to arrive at the correct diagnosis than those who worked


Tu B’Av and the Difficult Shidduch

This past week we celebrated Tu B’Av, which is considered one of the happiest days of the year. (See Mishnah Ta’anit 4:8.) At least one of the reasons is that Tu B’Av was the day when marriage proposals were made and the women would go and dance in the fields to attract young men. Today Tu B’Av is thought of as a good day to get


Put the Past Where It Belongs

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. ~ Bil Keane

In one of the most widely watched Ted talks, Tony Robbins asks the question of why we do what we do. This is a powerful question that shapes (or at least should shape) our

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