Friday, October 07, 2022


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,


Is This Your Card?

We now present Part 2 of an article about pesicha in shul. Last week I came to the conclusion that if there’s anything my years as a gabbai pesicha at a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur vasikin minyan have taught me, it’s that my years as a gabbai pesicha at a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur vasikin minyan have taught me nothing.


Mapping and Mastery of the Inner World: Inner Critics

Years ago, African Americans popularized “your mama” jokes, which involved one person insulting someone’s mother, leading the other person to defend his mother by hurling an even greater insult at the first person’s mother. This typically led to an exchange whereby the two people would escalate in the outrageousness of the insults


Why I’m Worth More Than an Iced Coffee

Recently, I had one of those days when I couldn’t seem to find a moment to myself. I had been at work for many hours and then had to run errands up and down Manhattan. When I finally returned to Port Authority, sweat on my brow and bags in tow, I decided to treat myself to an iced coffee.

I approached


How to Make a Teen Minyan

The argument can be made that the most essential program of any shul’s youth department is a strong and consistent teen minyan. It is during the all-important teen years that some young men can lose interest in attending synagogue. This, in turn, can have a spiraling effect. There are a myriad of possible reasons for this attendance


UnGarbled-Tech—Back to School with Chromebooks

For the past 20 years or so, The Garb Consulting Group LLC has been managing educational institutions, in addition to our business and medical practices.

In the past, school I.T. was the lower end of the totem pole of technology. I clearly remember starting my first day as a computer


Fright and a Prayer

When we purchased our house on New Bridge Road, we had no idea that it was as though we had attained real estate on something similar to the grounds of the Indy 500.

Each day we hear cars whiz by regardless of the speed limits, or the pedestrians living along the route.  It is no wonder to us

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