Monday, June 27, 2022


The Meteor From Borough Park: Meet the Hasidic Woman Who Manages Risk for the NSA

Washington This is the impossible story of a girl from a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, who was raised speaking Yiddish and studied Torah in Hebrew, of how she succeeded in breaking boundaries, shattering stereotypes and leaving the ascetic Borough Park neighborhood to study in prestigious Columbia University,


Make This Year a Hebrew Year

We have written about the importance of Hebrew literacy in day schools, and why Hebrew immersion should begin as early as possible (Jewish Link,February 12, 2015). Hebrew in America was an innovative program starting in Pre-K that was successfully implemented in many of our community’s day schools for several years. It


I’m Happy for Them. No, Really.

Everyone I know is getting married. Or going for an MA in International Relations from Columbia. But for the most part, it’s marriage. Now that I’ve graduated college, I can’t glance at my Facebook feed without seeing a slew of fresh faces happily announcing their upcoming nuptials. Some of these people are “Facebook


Trends Turn to Cozy and Comfortable Fall Entertaining

(BPT) As the glorious days of summer slip into crisp evenings, the changing colors trigger a transition in seasonal decor. “There’s an exciting mix of texture and color in fall fashion that’s extending into home decorating,” says designer Julie Robbins. “As for tabletop, a big trend this season is blending patterns you


Back to Basics: Inventive Birthday Party Ideas

It is noticeable that frequently listed on Teaneck Shuls are those searching for ideas to make their children creative birthday parties. It is with that in mind that I might offer the following suggestions!

Not exactly sure why parties have in some cases become extravaganzas! I still recall my


Fly a Companion for Free With You for an Entire Year, Every Time You Fly

We have talked to you in the past about the Companion Pass from Southwest, and what an amazing deal it is. In summary, Southwest has a promotion where passengers who earn 110,000 points in a calendar year can earn a Companion Pass, which basically allows you to choose one person to fly with you FOR FREE, EVERY TIME YOU FLY until the


Saving Lives, One Kidney at a Time

Stuart Cohnen had given rides home from New York-area hospitals in the past.

An IT specialist who works in the city, Cohnen, 58, is also a volunteer for Darchei Chesed, a volunteer organization providing transportation to and from hospitals and physicians’ offices for those who can’t drive


Redeeming Modern Orthodoxy

The patient is hemorrhaging. In fact, the patient does not seem to even know who he is. It sounds pretty dire.

The patient is Modern Orthodoxy, and it is in silent crisis mode. As it loses youth to assimilation on secular college campuses, some of its liberal elements have abandoned ship and migrated to


Yom Kippur: The Moon, the Angels and Manischewitz Wine

I have to tell you about something really weird that happened to me on Yom Kippur. I mean, like really weird.

I had first started fasting when I was six years old. The first year I skipped my snack before bed, which is kind of hard when you’re six. I think I broke down and had a little snack—maybe a


Pause or Else

Sepharadim zealously heed the Ben Ish Hai’s warning to pause between reciting Hashem and Hashem, the first two of the Yag Middot, the 13 attributes of mercy. Ben Ish Hai notes that the Zohar writes that the punishment is great for those who fail to do so. Why all the fuss about this pause? Indeed, the cantillation note of Pesik does


Rediscovering Ourselves

A congregant once remarked to me that Yom Kippur is her favorite day of the year. Then she added with a half-smile, “I don’t even know why I love it so much. I hate fasting, yet I love the day. Am I crazy?”

I replied that I always feel there is a certain serenity which sets in as Kol Nidrei


My Take on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur has always been a very confusing holiday for me. I know that it is the holiest day of the year. It is the holiest day of the year because this is the day that we come before God and we ask Him forgiveness for all of our sins and with that forgiveness, if He is so inclined, He should bless us with a year filled with good health,

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