Monday, June 05, 2023


Inaugural Runners for Team OHEL and Camp Kaylie Participate in Jerusalem Marathon

(Courtesy of OHEL) A large, passionate and committed Team Ohel and Camp Kaylie, with over 50 runners from Israel and the U.S., ran in this year’s Jerusalem Marathon for the first time, raising money for Camp Kaylie summer scholarships.

While OHEL does not


Black Box Studios Runs Ninth Season of Teen Theater Program

Rock Musical Theater Intensive (RTMI), Black Box Studios’s popular summer program for teens with a serious interest in the performing arts, will run for its ninth season from Monday, July 2, until Sunday, August 12, weekdays from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

In this collaborative theater experience created and run by BBS/BBPAC Artistic Director Matt Okin,


YU’s Makor College Experience Completes Inaugural Year to Rave Reviews

Dr. Stephen Glicksman of Teaneck has served as director of clinical innovation at Makor Disability Services in Boro Park, formerly known as Women’s League Community Residences, for the past 25 years. This past year, he realized a long-time dream—the creation of a post-high school academic program for


Next Stop for AMIT Girls Who Excel at Physics: CERN in Geneva

(Courtesy of AMIT) Four years ago, the AMIT network set a goal for itself—to increase the number of girls studying physics at the highest bagrut (matriculation exam) level, which is five units.

AMIT used “headhunters” to review potential students’ academic aptitude and also embarked on a


Pre-Pesach Panic

Everyone always wants advice before Pesach. Something about the holiday makes people want to send each other questions.

Dear Mordechai,

What’s wrong with my vacuum cleaner?



Kosher Closeness

For many, living in a Jewish community affords the opportunity to maintain existing friendships, rekindle old friendships and create new ones. Of course, not all friendships are the same. Friendships, like the Earth’s crust or a deep lasagna, have many different layers, resulting in a complexity of social strata.


Avoda Zara 55

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

This week we learned Avoda Zara 55. These are some highlights.

Avoda Zara 55: By mistake I closed the healing blessing of Shemoneh Esrei with


Vayikra: The Sacrificial Hershey Bar

Vayikra: 1:3-17

It is not easy teaching fourth grade boys about animal sacrifice, especially last period on a Friday afternoon. The sun was out, and the school buses were already lining up outside to take them home for a long weekend away from school. You could clearly see them, almost glowing


May Sephardic Jews Sell Egg Matzah to Ashkenazic Jews?

May Sephardic Jews sell egg matzah to Ashkenazic Jews who famously avoid egg matzah on Pesach (except in case of great need)? Let’s first delve into the source for the difference in approach between Sephardim and Ashkenazim regarding this matter.

The Egg Matzah Debate: Rashi and Raavad vs.


Arami Oved Avi: The Interpretation Hidden in the Mishna

As children, we all grow up thinking that the phrase “arami oved avi” is a reference to Lavan seeking to destroy Jacob. After all, this is what we are taught in the Haggadah, Onkelos, and Rashi.

But when we get to high school and start learning commentaries like Rashbam and Ibn Ezra, we


The Starting Point

During Shacharis and Mincha most weekdays, following Shemoneh Esrei, davening continues with the recitation of Tachanun. Perhaps the most under-appreciated section of davening, Tachanun is an intense supplication. We begin the prayer by resting our head on our arm (if in the presence of a sefer Torah), then sit upright, and


The First of Nisan, the Forgotten Jewish New Year

Part II

In an article on the Seder al-Tahwid liturgy found in the Geniza, liturgical scholar Ezra Fleischer postulated that the Kiddush ceremony on the holiday was based on an earlier Mishanic-era institution. The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah 2:7 describes how the Sanhedrin

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