Friday, February 03, 2023


Letter From Yerushalayim

On this Yom Yerushalayim, I want to express what it means for me to live here in Yerushalayim. I am so grateful, that it behooves me to share my thoughts.

I made aliyah in January 2013 and chose to live in Yerushalayim. I have dreamt of living in Israel since I became Jewish in Montreal


Celebrating Israel From a Distance

For me, these intermediate days between Yom Ha’atzmaut, celebrating Israel’s independence, and Yom Yerushalayim, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem, is a time of great joy tempered with guilt. On a national level, I share in these momentous events, perhaps the greatest miracles to happen to our people in 2,000


Author Takes Local Track to Success

When speaking with Teaneck resident and children’s book author Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum about her career, it is impossible not to think of the beloved children’s story, “The Little Engine That Could.” Andria dreamt of writing children’s books since the time she was 11 years old and—with perseverance


Jerry and Rena Barta Are Grandparents!

Jerry and Rena Barta of Teaneck became first-time grandparents with the birth of Yotam Aharon Shmuel to their children Ilana and Akiva Fund, now of Haifa, Israel. Grandparents Aryeh and Yocheved Fund live in Efrat, Israel.

The baby was born on April 12, the second day of Pesach. He is


Nachum Yosef Klein Celebrates Bar Mitzvah

Nachum Yosef Klein, a seventh grade student at Yeshivat Noam, celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Chabad of Teaneck on May 13, 2017, where he leined portions of Parshat Emor and the haftarah. Nachum is the son of Naomi and Scott Klein of Teaneck, and the grandson of Myra and David Klein of Teaneck and Sharon Lake of New


Cousins David Silberman and Jared Eisenberger Are Bar Mitzvah ‘Twins’

First cousins David Silberman and Jared Eisenberger of Englewood, born eight days apart, shared their bar mitzvah at Congregation Ahavath Torah on Shabbos Parshas Shemini, with David leining the parsha and Jared reading the haftarah. David is the son of Gary and Laura Silberman; Jared is the son of Dov and Rachel Eisenberger.





Judy Heicklen and Rabbi Neil Schuman Are Engaged!

Judy Heicklen, daughter of Susan Heicklen of Teaneck and Julian Heicklen of Jerusalem and Rabbi Neil Schuman, son of Larry Schuman of Plainview and Harriet Schuman of Boynton Beach Florida, are engaged and planning an August wedding. Judy is a managing director in the Internal Audit Department of Credit Suisse in New York City. She holds a


Bava Batra 110

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 Batra 110. These are some highlights.

Bava Batra 110: Is the rule that a child will be like the brother


Why Be Religious?

We Orthodox Jews are a strange people. We believe in a God whose existence we cannot prove. We believe in a God we cannot see, nor have we ever heard. We live by laws that cannot be tested in a laboratory.

Too many Jews, even after yeshiva day-school education, are no longer religious, others


Sephardic and Ashkenazic Gittin: A Comparison

Those who have visited both Sephardic and Ashkenazic batei knesset know that there are some differences in their content and style. While the core is the same there are some noticeable differences. What about a get, a Jewish divorce document? Are there differences between a Sephardic get and an Ashkenazic get? If so, are


Did Moses Have a Speech Impediment?

Part I

We have all heard the idea that Moses had a speech impediment, since he tells God that he is “chevad peh” and “chevad lashon” (Ex. 4:10). But what exactly do these terms mean? This week we will focus on Rashi’s explanation. Next week, we will address some of the explanations

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