Monday, August 15, 2022


Make Space

As technology becomes increasingly faster and more convenient, we expect to be able to do more and have more in less space. But everything has its limits.

A few months ago, I opened my email only to find that I had no more available space. They informed me that it was not a problem and for a mere $1.99 a


Talmud Torah—An Essential Component of Jewish Survival

Once, the wicked government [of Rome] decreed that the Jewish people were forbidden to study Torah. Pappus ben Judah saw Rabbi Akiva convening gatherings in public and studying Torah [with them]. Said he to him: “Akiva, are you not afraid of the government?”

Said [Rabbi Akiva] to him: “I’ll give


Shavuot: A Holy Mountain of Cheesecake

Was it a compulsion? An obsession? A brief trip far from reality? It made no difference. He was going to do it, no matter what.

When Hank Lakish got to the synagogue kitchen a short while before the yom tov of Shavuot began, there were 14 identical cheesecakes sitting in the refrigerator, pushing all the


Bava Kamma 3-9

May these Torah thoughts serve as a merit to elevate the Neshamah of Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.


This week we learned Bava Kamma 3-9. Here are some highlights.

Bava Kamma 3


My Erev Shavuot Basketball Camp and Fundraiser

With my upcoming bar mitzvah this fall, I have been keeping my eye open for a chesed project to get involved with in honor of my bar mitzvah. Rabbi Motechin of Yeshivat Noam suggested running an event Erev Shavuot to keep kids busy while their mothers prepared for the Yom Tov. Since I love to play basketball and I love to


Lomdei Dirshu and Spouses Attend Monsey Siyum

On Monday Rosh Chodesh Sivan, hundreds of lomdei Dirshu from Monsey and Shikun Skver gathered for a beautiful siyum and seudas mitzvah. Drashos were given by HaRav Avrohom Schorr, shlita, Rav of Kehal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush; HaRav Zev Smith, shlita, Maggid Shiur Irgun Shiurei Torah and Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi Dirshu.


Options to Pay the IRS

Sometimes it’s just downright depressing when you think about where we are as a society. I mean, have you ever thought about how little we have progressed? Take for instance the Jetsons. I think it’s safe to say that we all thought the Jetsons was the blueprint of our future society. Yet, here I am in the year 2016 and I’m still not


Q&A With Professor Mordechai Rotenberg, Author of ‘The Psychology of Tzimtzum’

The Psychology of Tzimtzum: Self, Other and God

By Mordechai Rotenberg

Koren Publishers Jerusalem, $24.95 (hardcover)

What is


What Kind of Joke?

(The following is an excerpt of my newest book, What Is This—Some Kind of Joke?which is finally on sale wherever books are sold. Jewish bookstores, I’m guessing.)

One of the most annoying things about being a humor writer, aside from people constantly telling you that you used to be


Timber Circa 2011 and 2016

Dear readers: The beginning of this week’s column is reprinted with permission of the author, which would be me. If you read my blog post from January 9, 2011, and remember it, please skip down to the second half of this column. If you have not had the pleasure of perusing my blog, holycrapimgonnabe40.blogspot.com, feel free to do so in


Let’s Celebrate

Over the years we have learned that the best occasions are those when our entire family is together. That does not mean that we have to plan a family cruise in order to celebrate a special event, nor does it mean that we need to take our children to a resort in order to spend time with them. Instead, our idea of the best family


Analyzing Our Motivation

A considerable amount of Parshat Naso is spent repeating in detail the offerings that each nasi brought to the Mishkan. Almost all of these pesukim are repetitive, as the korbanot offered by each of the nesi’im were identical. The Torah never wastes words, and we generally find a reason why a given word is used. Why was each nasi’s

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