When I meet people for the first time, there are some basic questions that I am asked once they hear that I am a professional organizer. I thought it might be fun to share these questions and my answers with you.
Question #1: “What do I do with all the clothes in my closet that do not fit?
During the past week a very special man passed away in Montreal. He was definitely an essential link in our past. Max Richler was the president of the Young Israel of Val Royal the year we arrived in Montreal and had it not been for him and his family’s warm hospitality to us we probably would not have made the move. Max was a
It’s amazing how your outlook on life can change so much as you get older. For example, I was a huge fan of the He-Man Masters of the Universe cartoon when I was a youngster. I mean HUGE fan. My life during preschool pretty much revolved around it. In my head, the show’s concept made complete sense. He raises a sword, says a
On Rosh Hashanah, we are told, Hashem has three books opened in front of Him. The books are simply lists of names. Each of us falls into one of the books’ categories. The first book is for people who are righteous. They are immediately sealed for life and a good year. The next book is those who are wicked. They are immediately
Brandon Levine, a Yachad Gifts trainee, stands before a table lined with a dozen wicker baskets. Four floors below him, Coney Island Avenue’s cacophony of honking horns provides an apt accompaniment to busy hands. Brandon sticks a glue dot on the back of a gold coffee packet, then attaches the packet to a cookie box, which sits
Excerpt from The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales, by Rabbi Tovia Halberstam, translated and retold by Joshua Halberstam
The two most illustrious students of the Ba’al Shem Tov attend the funeral of Mordecai the peddler, a sinner in the town of Ostrov, and teach us a
The Kashrus and Halachos of Honey
The kashrusof honey and products made from honey has been the topic of discussion from time immemorial. We will discuss the halachosregarding the kashrusof honey, and other honey products.
As I sit on a bench at the First Station in Jerusalem, just about to leave Israel for a weeklong conference in the U.S., I watch the people around me on the most perfect Thursday. A bodybuilder-looking man feeds his young daughter and smiles at her as he leads the spoon of food into her mouth. Friends laugh and chat over ice cream, and
Editor’s Note: Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, responded to queries from a number of students and friends as to how he felt about the issue of women learning Talmud. His essay is being reprinted in the Jewish Link with permission.
We have all read about the recent vibrant (and often even nasty) discussion of women studying Talmud. I would like to avoid the polemics and elucidate the core issues, hopeful that it can dispel some misunderstanding and provide a sense of appreciation for the issues at hand.
Rabbi Yosef Dov HaLevi