Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Happy Hosting on Chanukah

For many people, Chanukah is party season, eight days of rushing from event to event. Whether it’s the entire extended family or a few friends, Chanukah is a time of connecting with our loved ones. When you find yourself hosting this holiday season, a little insider knowledge will turn your party from a flop to the talk of


A Time For Light

A modernized version of the Chanukah miracle: When the Jews reentered the Temple, they found it devastated, and without any light. They wanted to light the Menorah, but it was dark and they could hardly see—and all of their phones had died, so they couldn’t use them as flashlights. Then, one Jew realized that his phone had one percent


Themes of Chanukah

It is that time of year. The time of year when doughnuts are everywhere you look, toy catalogues fill your mailbox and the question “What are we getting for Chanukah?” is asked one too many times to remain sane. It is the time of year when people flood the malls like they are going out of business, pop-ads keep, well, popping up and you


All You Can Eat

Chanukah is, hands-down, the best time to have an extended family get-together. It’s definitely easier than doing it over a three-day yom tov.

Perhaps you’re stuck planning this party, though, because everyone in the family calls you “the organized one,” because they’re afraid to say


Chag Urim Sameach

As we wish all of our friends and family a holiday of light and happiness and we play dreidel with our children and grandchildren, we should not have to be reminded of what “nes gadol haya sham” really means.

In actual fact, isn’t it true that we are all witnesses of nissim every day of our lives?


The Scarf Story

Some families have favorite jokes. Some have favorite recipes. As a chaplain, I have favorite stories. The following story has become known in my house as “The Scarf Story.” It has made a long-lasting impression on me and on all those who hear it.

M.C. was a young, Jewish man in his early


Quick Tax Tips for Year-End 2015

The period of time from late November until the end of December is known as the “holiday season” in America. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend $805 during the 2015 holiday season. By the way, that’s not $805 per family, but $805 per person.



Torah and Tepees: Comanche Friend of the Jews

Part III of III

On a late December night in 2013, I was surfing the Internet when I happened onto a website created by a Dr. David A. Yeagley, a great-great-grandson of Comanche Chief Bad Eagle. Yeagley was a former professor of humanities, psychology, literature, music and philosophy. He


How Times Have Changed

“Spare the rod and spoil the child” is an old proverb based loosely on what King Solomon advised: “One who spares his rod hates his child, but he who loves him, disciplines him in his youth.” (Mishle 13:24) Discipline has always been the domain of parents and teachers acting in loco parentis. Old-fashioned discipline at


Achva West 2016: Incredible Destinations, Lifelong Friends

Achva can substantially increase the number of wondrous and amazing sights you will see in your lifetime. Not by Googling, but by being there and experiencing them. Achva also brings great Jewish kids together to create lifelong friendships.

Achva, the signature youth program


Ari Goldwag’s Newest Album Is a Musical Treat

Ari Goldwag proudly presents the long-awaited album Sheves Chaverim 2. The album contains 11 hit songs that will get you moving and move your soul. The album was produced and composed by Goldwag, and follows on the heels of his hits Yesh Tikvah, Am Echad, Chanukah Light and Forever Dance. The album features the vocals of Sheves


Cantor Netanel Hershtik Releases New CD

World-renowned cantor and Teaneck resident Netanel Hershtik has just released his third CD—his first in over 10 years. “The Art of Cantor Netanel Hershtik” in English and “Omanut Hatefilah” in Hebrew, the CD features a 45-piece symphonic orchestra with an astonishing 60 musicians taking part in the album’s creation.

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