Thursday, October 06, 2022


A World Without Languages

A few weeks ago in this column, I spoke about my personal connection and appreciation to the Hebrew language. This week, I’d like to discuss language in a broader sense. Language has been on my mind lately—I’m taking the Spanish AP test in a few weeks, and I’m going to be spending a year in Israel, so my Hebrew had better be up to


Those Were the Days

This Pesach will be the 23rd yahrtzeit for the “Rav” (Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l). When he passed away during Pesach in 1993, it was an epochal loss for us RIETS students. The Rav had been our hero in life, the one whom we all wanted to be, but knew we never could. The Rav was one of the greatest talmidei chachamim


The Exodus, Written as Dramatic Non Fiction

“The mitzvah of the seder night is the telling over of the story of Jews leaving Egypt,” says Rabbi David Fohrman, Dean and Founder of Aleph Beta and scholar for the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study. “And yet, we spend so much time with the preliminaries that by the time we get to the telling over of the story,


Preparing for Passover: Pesach Cellular Responsa from Rav Aviner

Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat immediately preceding Pesach, is a time of frantic final organization and cleaning for the holiday. In this spirit, and in final preparation for Pesach, JLNJ presents some of the most relevant Shu”t SMS questions for the observance of Chag Ha’Aviv:


The Seder of Walter Mitty

Do you know who I wish I could be like on Seder night? Walter Mitty! “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a story written by James Thurber in 1939. It was made into a film in 1947.

Walter Mitty has a vivid imagination. In fact, he gets utterly lost in his fantastical imagination. Anything he sees can


Quenching Our Thirst!

Just recently, as I was drinking from a water bottle, I was surprised as I felt the water enter my system. I didn’t think I was thirsty when I started to drink because I generally drink water throughout the day. Within moments I realized, based on how refreshed I felt, that I needed the hydration, and had been a lot thirstier than I had


Hashem’s Favorite Baseball Player

Avid baseball fans are excited that the baseball season is finally under way. Religious fans may wonder if Hashem is a baseball fan, whom would He rank as His all-time favorite player. I suggest that an answer may be derived from a halacha which expresses itself often in Torah life, as well as from a Hasidic explanation of the name of the


Metzora: A Blemish on Your Soul, or the Zit That Swallowed New Jersey

Mirriam had always been proud of her perfect alabaster complexion. It was usually the first complement she would receive on her looks. “Wow! You have perfect skin!” And she assumed that was why she got the most cheek pinches from her grandparents, nearly twice as many as her big brother Aaron. She had inherited the trait from her


Weekly Roundup: Kiddushin 29-36

May the learning of these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.

This week we learned Kiddushin 29-36. Here are some highlights from the topics discussed.


Life Beyond Shana Bet: Young Adults Find a New Path to Aliyah

It used to be that yeshiva students would graduate from high school and head to Israel for their “gap year.” Notice the use of the singular year.On occasion there would be a student who would remain for “shana bet,” a second year of study, but most students returned home after


How to Personalize Your Mother’s Day Gifts

StatePoint—Mother’s Day is all about making Mom feel amazingly special. And what better way than with a thoughtful gift created with her unique style and personality in mind?

“Whether you opt for something extravagant or something she’ll use all the time, when you personalize a gift, you


Shua Kessin Is the Life and Soul of Harmonics

He lives in Lakewood, but the stage is his second home. He’s been performing for almost 15 years, touring the world, lighting up concerts, playing and singing his heart out to the tune of cheering fans. You know him as a performer extraordinaire. To his patients in the OR, he’s that nice, empathetic RN who hums as he

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