Monday, August 15, 2022


Summertime Tech

Summer is here—time for family, BBQs or, as my neighbors have nicknamed my grilling expertise, Garb-BQs. School is out and most of our kids are in day camp, overnight camp or maybe interning at a business or food establishment.

Here are some tips and tools that might make things easier using


‘Aleph Bass’ and ‘Orthobox’ Take America's Got Talent

Kippot and tzitzit have been popping up on national television lately, in the Chopped kitchen, American Ninja Warrior and now the America’s Got Talent stage as well. On July 5, Yeshiva University student Ilan Swartz-Brownstein (“The Aleph Bass”) and University of Maryland alumn Josh Leviton (“The Orthobox”)


The Questions of Passover

We are about to celebrate the holiday of many, many questions. Why is this night different from every other night? I will tell you. Because if you are nuts like me, you have been preparing for it for the last four to six weeks. If you are nuts like me, you have been going from store to store finding the cheapest price on tuna fish


Revolutionizing Voter Registration

With a burgeoning Democratic field vying for the 2016 presidential nomination and a crowded Republican group that is already bursting at the seams, all of the presidential hopefuls are desperately trying to stand out and distinguish themselves from their rivals.

One of the most effective ways for the


A Different Kind of Matchmaker

As the song goes, “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.” In “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tzeitel may have been singing about marriage, but today one could also be speaking about computers. Mordechai Luchins, a Teaneck resident, has made “matching” restored laptops and other machines with needy recipients his


The Real Purim Gelt

On most holidays, children make do with candies and nuts, but on Purim and Chanukah they can look forward to actual gelt, whether as gifts or as rewards for delivering mishloach manot. Purim has a history with money, going back to the beginning. Haman said to Achashverosh, “I will pay 10,000


Transgender and Judaism

I. What Is Transgenderism?

Transgenderism has been in the news lately, with Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn and President Obama’s executive order on bathroom usage. Judaism is very clear on this subject, although often misrepresented.

In many


A Modern Dayenu

If I only had to get my nails done, dayenu

If I only had to get my sheitel blown, dayenu

If I only had to clean the car, dayenu

If I only had to shop and pay for new shirts and shoes for the kids, dayenu


The Vatican’s Act of Blind Faith

Support for a Palestinian state has been slowly building in certain segments of the international community, but the latest endorsement of this questionable concept came from a highly unlikely source.

With the Vatican’s recent announcement that it has reached an agreement with the Palestinians


Technology Overload: What is Real Anymore?

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend and I decided to take my children fishing. As I stood with them at the water’s edge, I tried to let go of all of my responsibilities, work and social media connections. I proudly watched my children as they were trolling for sunfish and feeding the geese. It was truly a beautiful





Bava Kamma 37-44

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 Bava Kamma 39. Here are some highlights.

He trained a pigeon to steal, the pigeon

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