Monday, August 15, 2022


American Jew: Jersey Edition

What Jews Believe, (Hopefully) Humorous Version

In previous versions of this column, I attempted to draw some conclusions about what makes us distinctive as a people, both as Jews and as Joisey-ans. I suggested that one of those distinctive characteristics is that we accept


Wadi Attir: A Negev Oasis of Jewish-Bedouin Collaboration

Ozone depletion, climate change, soil erosion and joblessness. Those are the issues tackled by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli, with Israel’s Negev as his base. “The list of issues is long,” said Ben-Eli, citing “an endemic failure of our social and economic institutions to address these issues effectively and in a timely manner.”

Ben-Eli is the


Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis

Working as a behavior consultant in various educational settings I have heard on numerous occasions people saying “I don’t believe in ABA” or “ABA is not effective.” When I ask them to elaborate and explain what it is they don’t like about ABA, I realize that they may have a misunderstanding of what ABA consists of.


PEYD 360 Combines Full-Service Travel With Credit Card Rewards

In recent years, the world of credit card rewards and loyalty points has become increasingly complex and difficult to navigate, leaving many shaking their heads in frustration, allowing their hard-won points to expire because redeeming them was just too difficult. In fact, 90 percent of the 300 million plus in frequent flyer and rewards



Today, with high-speed bandwidth readily available to home and office networks, online document sharing has become standard for accessing and saving one’s files. The online document sharing programs that I would recommend are Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com) and Google Drive (https://drive.google.com).

In a future column I will discuss


Boys Town Jerusalem Student Devises New System to Save Children Left in Cars

During the summer months, media sources worldwide report tragic cases of toddlers suffocating from having been accidentally left in cars. In an effort to prevent further such loss of life, Boys Town Jerusalem student Issahar Edri devised a system to alert the driver that a child is still in the car, before it’s too late. Issahar


Match Made in Lake Tahoe at 100-Mile Bike Ride With Team Lifeline

Yaffa Sabghir decided to join Team Lifeline for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe in 2011. Yaffa loved the cause and wanted something to push her to exercise, so riding with Team Lifeline made perfect sense. Team Lifeline brings cyclists to Lake Tahoe to raise awareness and funds for Chai Lifeline, an organization


Weekly Roundup: Gittin 82-88

The learning is dedicated le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.


This week we learned Gittin 82 through Gittin 88. Here are some highlights:

Gittin 82


Driving in NASCAR or Reading From the Torah: It Takes Training

Former race-car pro reads like a rabbinic pro before his wedding

Jon Denning isn’t a stranger to the spotlight. After all, being a NASCAR driver for six years put him in front of massive crowds of racing enthusiasts as he worked the circuit pursuing his


Pekudei: Send in the Clouds

Shemot 40: 34

Stormin’ Saul Rabinowitz had been the weatherman on the Secaucus-based local New Jersey television station for the last 25 years. He was a fixture on their 10 o’clock news program, and people all over the metropolitan area tuned in to hear him say such classic catchphrases as, “It’s


Massive Gatherings in Eretz Yisrael and Argentina Wrap Up a Month of Dirshu Worldwide Siyumim

Rav Chaim Kanievsky, The Skulener Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Hillel and Rav Yitzchok Ezrachi, among Gedolei Yisrael who grace Siyumim

It was a joyous simchathat spanned continents—Eretz Yisrael, South America and North America. A celebration of daily sustained limud


A Spirited Debate at Congregation Shaarei Orah—Apple vs. The FBI

A spirited debate erupted at Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, this past Sunday. I dedicated our Sunday morning post-Shaharit shiur to the raging argument regarding the FBI’s demand from Apple that it create a program to break into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter. As expected, addressing this issue

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