Thursday, October 06, 2022


Yachad Celebrates at Gala and Awards Dinner


The Consult

“You need a touchup, a keratin treatment and you have gray hairs in your eyebrows!”Imagine these being the first words I heard from a makeup artist/style consultant for my initial consult. I was stunned and astonished by her input. There was not one compliment, or thanking me for taking an interest in her services, or even


Looking for a Different Beach? Try Ocean City, MD

Rabbi Noam Shimon Cohen, director of Chabad of Ocean City, Maryland, loves it when Memorial Day ushers in the busy summer season at this coastal resort town.

Visitors from all over the tri-state area reaching all the way through to Canada are likely to contact him with advance plans of


It’s a Great Time for a Kosher Vacation in the Poconos

There was a time when the Poconos were not Jewish friendly. Today, there are camps and cabins, hotels and conference centers frequented by Jewish families. While the Poconos resorts are famous for their heart-shaped tubs, some now even offer the extra treat of a kosher meal.


Cool Off at the Jersey Shore

New Jersey’s famous beaches stretch from Sandy Hook all the way down to Cape May, and there is so much more to do than just enjoy the surf and the sun. Toward the northern end of the shore are Long Branch and Asbury Park, two seaside towns that have experienced a rebirth since the turn of the millennium,


No Offense

It has come to my attention that sometimes, when I write a column about my dental experiences, dentists get offended. Go figure.

Actually, I don’t know this for sure. Last year I ran an article about dentists, and a woman wrote in to tell me that her husband is a dentist, and she was offended. I


Why, Why, Why?

There are many unanswered questions about the universe. Why are we here? How did we get here? Is the sun going to destroy the planet? Are plastic bottles going to take over the planet? Is the “Green House” effect really in effect when it was 35 degrees in May? Why do chipmunks enjoy eating my driveway? Why is there always a giant


Throw It Out

We faced a great dilemma in our household last week. Nina came upon a card sent to her parents for their 50th Anniversary. It was not just any card—the sender was the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. To the male mind in our home this was a no-brainer—throw it out. The female mind of course thinks differently. “Maybe it


Why I Volunteer for Tomchei Shabbos

About 10 months ago, I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my bar mitzvah project. My parents and I went through a list of many chesed organizations that all seemed to do such wonderful things for people. After hearing about other chesed projects my friends worked on, I decided that for my bar mitzvah project I wanted to


College Process Reflections

Part II

In my previous article, I wrote about the process I went through while applying to college, and gave some tips about how to navigate it. Now I’d like to talk a bit about the emotional side of the story.

One of the key challenges I faced when it came


A Gabbai’s Regret

Growing up in Bensonhurst afforded me certain opportunities other boys my age did not have. As an example, immediately after my bar mitzvah, I became gabbai of the Young Israel. The shul had been aging significantly for some time, and I was afforded the opportunity since I had an interest. There was nobody who davened with us who was within


Torah, Sinai and Technology

I. Dueling Mountains and Dueling Rabbis

As we approach Shavuot, we can consider how technology has changed our perception of Torah expertise. Midrashic tradition teaches that when God was choosing on which mountain to give the Torah, Carmel and Tabor came running, asking that

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