Sunday, June 04, 2023


Are Purim Customs a Guide for Being a Good Person?

Human nature is a funny thing. At the root of our being we have a list of basic needs that range from interconnectivity, purpose and personal growth to egocentricity, survival and selfishness. How does one balance these to find a satisfactory equilibrium?

The answer to finding the sweet spot of


‘That’s Why It’s There’

We had an interesting experience today while sitting enjoying our frozen yogurt at Lazy Bean.

A group of four teenagers, two boys and two girls, entered the store. Not all of them ordered something to eat. Nina noticed that one of the girls casually took a cup from behind the counter and


OU Press and Koren Will Hold Book Launch for Megillat Esther With the Rav’s Commentary

OU Press, the publishing division of the Orthodox Union, announces the publication of Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav, published in conjunction with Koren Publishers, Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the OU and Koren will host a book event for the book. The recently published book offers readers access to


A New Look at Esther

Reviewing: Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav (Hebrew and English Edition), by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Koren Publishers Jerusalem/OU Press, hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN-10: 9653011847, January 2017.

The book of Esther reads like a novella—palace intrigue, bad marriages,


YU Katz School Launches MS in Biotechnology Management and Entrepreneurship

(Courtesy of YU) In its commitment to expanding science and health education, Yeshiva University’s Katz School has launched a master’s degree in biotechnology management and entrepreneurship. The new program bridges biotechnology and science with practical business skills to prepare students for commercializing biopharmaceuticals and


A Mentor in the Teacher’s Lounge: Mrs. Helen Brueckheimer, z”l

About a year and a half ago I returned to the elementary school I attended, Yavneh Academy, to work as a substitute teacher. I found my days fairly enjoyable, but learned that working in an elementary school can be stressful at times. For as many great days as there were, there were also those one or two that left me


My Stories

Part 16 (written 2004)

(Continued from Feb 8)

For years, any spare time Herman and I had was taken up with in-house work that Oma took on to supplement our income. At one time, we “manufactured” different kinds of artificial flowers. At


Haman Haman Haman

They say that part of what keeps Yiddishkeit going for all these generations is that every social deviant has some kind of release. Think about it: Pesach is for adults with OCD, Tisha B’Av is for people who want to bring beach chairs to shul, Yom Kippur is for people obsessed with dieting, Rosh Hashanah is for people with a


Siyumim of Rabbanim Highlight Integral Role of Telephone in Daf HaYomi B’Halacha

It was a unique siyum. A siyum on a daily limud learned by many thousands in all four corners of the world.

HaGaon HaRav Yisroel Gans, shlita, rav of Yerushalayim’s Mattersdorf neighborhood, maggid shiur at Yeshiva Kol Torah and one of the most prominent talmidim of HaGaon HaRav


Unique Opportunity for Inspiration at the Vatican

Serving as the president of the New York Board of Rabbis has been quite an experience. In this capacity, I have had the privilege to visit the West Wing; engage in dialogue with leadership of other faith communities; interact with our governor, mayor and police commissioner; meet with the state of Israel’s top


OHEL Bais Ezra Children Enjoy Broadway Show on Autism Family Day

(Courtesy of OHEL Bais Ezra) While many were getting ready to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday February 4, OHEL Bais Ezra was bringing the joy of theater to over 100 individuals diagnosed with autism and their families, at a special showing of the hit musical “Wicked” on Broadway.


Isaac Shulman and Atara Clark Celebrate Winter Wedding With Warm Kumzitz

Isaac Shulman and Atara Clark were married on February 18 at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, New York.

Atara is the daughter of Nissan Clark of Bergenfield. She is a research associate at Fortress Biotech in New York City. The kallah graduated from the Moriah School and Ma’ayanot

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