Friday, October 07, 2022


Organization Profile: Shem Olam, A Unique Institution of Holocaust Education and Research

Confined to the Lublin Ghetto, a young rabbi recorded the hopes and hardships of the community. He speaks to us, today, in the closing entry of his diary, found long after the Holocaust:

“Before the war, my wish was to bring greater faith and goodness into the world. Later, my dream was


Saying You Are Sorry

Today in the news we heard of a renowned tennis player who was mistaken by a plainclothes policeman to be a credit card scam artist. He was thrown to the ground and handcuffed in the middle of Manhattan as he repeatedly told the police officer that he was scared and was not sure what to say. Fifteen minutes after the police officer realized


The Ba’al Ne’ilah

During the First World War, fierce fighting took place between Russian forces and those of the Central Powers in the land of Galitzia. It was a scene of mass carnage.

Tens of thousands of Jews fought for both sides. One Russian Jewish soldier related the following event.


Caring For the Orphan and Widow

Question:When was the last time you invited a widow or orphan or an elderly couple or unmarried mom to your Shabbat or Yom Tov table, or sukkah, or Pesach seder? I mean really invite them as true equals and out of true love, not just out of chesed or obligation?


I Have a Confession To Make: Two Notes on the Approaching Day of Atonement

Viduy—we all have to face that chilling word when Yom Kippur approaches. Confessing is simply a process none of we humans like to undergo. As we mature, we of course develop a sense of responsibility for our personal actions and omissions, but no one really enjoys reviewing his past failings nor those of his neighbors,


Transitions and the Chaos of September

With the start of the new school year and the approaching chagim, September is an exciting time. However, for parents—and particularly for parents of a child with special needs—it can also be uniquely challenging and daunting.

Your children, whether they are starting at a new school or are


Who Wants To Be A Principal?

As society evolves, institutions become more complex. Administering a Jewish day school has become a very complicated endeavor. At one point in the not-too-distant past, a principal hired teachers, maintained educational standards, and kept children, parents and Board members content. Today the job description has


Harried Homework Woes

“My child has low muscle tone and fatigues easily. She struggles to make it through her school day and is coming home with tons of homework. She is physically unable to get through her written homework, even with my help. I am trying to balance making sure she completes all of the homework so that she is learning and seeing to it that


Gedolei Yisrael Daven at Kever and Yeshiva of The Chofetz Chaim on his Yahrtzeit

Over 500,000 Jews Worldwide Join in Special Day of Tefillah and Unity

It felt like Neilah on Yom Kippur! Tens of gedolei Yisrael pouring their hearts out in tefillah. Venerated rabbanim, reciting the 13 middosof rachamim,the words “ Hashem,


Yehuda Bayme, Morris and Beth Faitelewicz z”l

A Monday afternoon car crash on Route 17 in Sullivan County, New Jersey, killed Morris and Beth (Pitem) Faitelewicz, of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, as well as their future son-in-law Yehuda Bayme z”l, son of Dr. Steven and Edith Bayme, of Riverdale, NY. Yehuda was engaged to the couple’s daughter, Shani Faitelewicz, 27, who was


Nitzavim: Sandcastles in Time

Devarim: 29: 9-14

It was a beautiful late August day.

They sat on the shoreline, father and daughter, twenty feet from their beach umbrella and sand-covered chairs, and ten feet from the surf. They brought their sandcastle gear, and they were ready to get


Ben Ish Hai’s Beautiful Opportunity to Fulfill Shemitat Kesafim

Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck

The Jewish people love performing mitzvot just as, in the words of Shlomo Hamelech in Kohelet, one who loves money is never satisfied with the amount of money he possesses. The Jewish people are naturally drawn to mitzvah

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