Saturday, January 28, 2023


Opportunity Knocks and...?

Although the lengthy parsha of Naso includes numerous different topics, the Rabbis chose the mitzvah of nezirut to be the bridge to connect us to the parsha and, by necessity, it had to relate the story of Shimshon HaGibor. “By necessity,” because there is no person in all of Tanach who is identified as a nazir except


Middle School for the Modern Orthodox

If ever there was a Biblical equivalent of the phrase “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” it would be “chanoch lana’ar al pi darko, gam ki yazkin lo yasur mimena.”This pasuk instructs us to teach a child based on who he or she is (“according to his way”) because he or she will never fully change


From the Heart

This past Erev Yom Kippur a person reached out and asked to meet with me. He knew as I did that he had hurt me in a very personal way this past year. I was hesitant to meet with him but the atmosphere of the day pushed me to be forgiving and make the time to briefly get together. We all want Hashem to forgive us for our


Learning Goes Beyond the Classroom: Reflections on Four Years at TABC

It might seem unusual, but I don’t really remember my first full day of high school. Actually, let me refine that statement—I remember it, but not as anything unique; nothing really stood out. But before I recount what I remember about my first full day, let me backtrack to the beginning of my TABC experience, to when


My Father’s Letters to My Mother From the M/S St. Louis

(Translated from the German original)

Part 6—Letter Number Three

Thursday June 1, 1939

Dear Good Wife and My Dear Children!

As you see we are still on board the


Graduation Nostalgia

We had the privilege of attending the Yeshiva University graduation this week and watched as our eldest Hagler grandson, Tzvi, received his diploma. The pouring rain did nothing to quell the spirits of the attendees who poured into Madison Square Garden for this event. Each detail of the graduation was perfectly planned and


Remembering Rabbi Elias Lauer, z”l, on His 20th Yahrzeit

As we commemorate the 20 thyahrzeit of our beloved father, Rabbi Elias Lauer, z”l, we reminisce on a life that, though not long in years, was full in the impact it had on his family and the broader Jewish community.

Throughout his life, Elias Lauer skillfully balanced his religious


Study Correlates Prenuptial Agreements With Marital Satisfaction in Orthodox Community

New York—A recently published study found a higher level of marital satisfaction among Orthodox Jews who signed a religious prenuptial agreement. It also found that signing an agreement was not associated with potential concerns; there was no greater tendency among signees to have a difficult adjustment to marriage or to consider


Come Learn About the Jerusalem Institute for the Blind

Dianne and Stan Bekritsky invite the greater Teaneck community to come learn about the Jerusalem Institute for the Blind (JIB) on Wednesday, June 7 from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to pair wines and cheeses but more importantly, they will hear about the wonderful work JIB does to assist the many


Neil Klatskin Day Camps at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Is Now Enrolling for Summer 2017

The Neil Klatskin Day Camps at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades are now registering for their summer season, offering children, ages 3 to 7, a non-stop summer adventure, where campers enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and explore personal interests. Families can sign



A few years ago I caught a sweet movie on television; the movie was called “Last Holiday.” Queen Latifah plays the lead, Georgia Byrd. Georgia is a clerk in a department store in New Orleans. She is a passionate woman, loves her food, sings in the church choir, follows the rules and takes direction from her toxic boss. She has


We’ll Sing for Food

On the off chance that your children’s school needs to raise money, at some point it’s going to have a dinner.

A dinner is a fundraiser in which you get together in a fancy hotel and eat expensive food made by a top-of-the-line caterer, and somehow that makes the school money.

Sign up now!