Monday, September 26, 2022


The Only Approval Worth the Effort: Achieving Healthy Teenage Pride

When speaking of the critical service of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur, the holiest of days, the Torah tells us, “v’chol adam lo yi’hiyeh b’Ohel Moed b’vo’o l’chapeir b’Kodesh,”no man shall be in the Ohel Moed when he comes into the Kodesh to gain atonement. If we are deliberately told that the Kohen Gadol alone


What Is the Meaning of the Word Omer?

Now is the appropriate time to discuss the root ayin, mem, resh, which is (hopefully!) on everyone’s mind nightly.

The word omerappears in only two contexts in Tanach. In both contexts, it is merely a measure. At Exodus 16, it is the measure of the amount of manthat was


Hashem Bless Our Soldiers

They just couldn’t be prouder. Twelve years earlier they had undergone the arduous process of making aliyah, which entailed moving away from much of their family and friends. They had to get used to a different lifestyle, one that was simpler than they were used to in the States. But it was all worth it for them so that they could live


A Seesaw and Self-Esteem

Years ago, I began my career teaching in a special-ed program of a yeshiva boys’ high school. I always remember fondly the moment when one student spoke up defiantly in class as another boy spoke negatively about him. Before I could even respond to what was transpiring, the student said “Rabbi! Rabbi Akiva taught that the entire Torah


Hacham Ovadia Yosef—Aliyah vs. Kibbud Av Va’eim

It is a dilemma with which many families grapple. The children deeply desire to make aliyah but the parents, sometimes elderly, insist that the children remain in Hutz LaAretz. We read this Shabbat of the paramount importance of kibud/mora av va’eim which Hazal compare to respect of Hashem. On the other hand, we were just reminded on Yom


Kedoshim: The Frozen Prosecutor

Vayikra: 19: 9,10

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not complete your reaping to the corner of your field, and the gleanings of your harvest you shall not take.

You shall not pick the underdeveloped twigs of your vineyard; and the fallen fruit of your


Take a Hike

Our area has tons of beautiful places to hike, with a wide variety of scenery, vegetation, and wildlife to enjoy this time of year. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker, there are countless different trails from which to choose, many of which are suitable for families.


HaZamir’s Singing Teens Learn to Be Part of Klal Yisrael

Vivian Lazar knows that HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, which she directs, is more than just a musical organization through which some 400 young Jewish students came together last month to present a gala concert celebrating four-part traditional and contemporary Jewish music.


Tax Tips for Dieters

It seems like everywhere you look there’s another diet plan being advertised. Sure, we all know about Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and Medifast. But there’s also been some rather unusual ones. There’s the Cookie Diet where you eat several cookies a day and somehow lose weight. I have my doubts though. I once ate an entire


How Two Healthcare Laws Uncovered a ‘Bulked Up’ Retirement Account

The moment a new law is enacted, someone is wondering if there is a way to take advantage of it. This dynamic is frequently seen in financial regulation. Lawmakers use taxes and incentives to generate revenues and influence group behaviors, but since there is rarely full knowledge beforehand as to how the populace will respond, every new


The Power of Lag B’Omer—Kollel Chatzos Captures the Essence of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

As Lag B’Omer approaches, hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to gather in the storied hills of ancient Meron to celebrate the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. There they will dance, sing, light fires and cut little boys’ hair, partaking in the joyous and uplifting traditions of the day.


Discovering Ourselves

“We went out searching for our boys…and we discovered ourselves.”

This week is a very emotional one in the Jewish calendar—especially here in Israel. Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, three days of memorials and celebrations, that are all condensed into the short period of

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