Friday, October 07, 2022


The Ark Is Opened

For the past 15 years, I’ve been davening on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at a vasikin minyan, which is my teshuvah for what time I wake up for Shacharis the rest of the year.

I also happen to be the gabbai pesichos. The rav, who is also the chazzan, chose me the very first year because he was looking


Please Forgive Me

Another year has come and gone. I am trying to figure out how that happened. Here we are and it is Rosh Hashanah time again. And then it will be Yom Kippur and then Sukkot and then, before I know it, I will be hoarding five-pound boxes of matzah again (which will end up on one of my dining room chairs, but I digress). So in this


The End... Begins!

All good things must come to an end, the saying goes. That’s certainly true. By the time you read this, summer vacation will be over; everyone in my generation will have begun another school year. Yet for me and many of my friends, this new school year marks another sort of “end” as well. We’re beginning our senior year of high


Teshuvah: A Mental Health Perspective

With the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays) fast approaching, we’re entering into a period during which the focus is on personal reflection and introspection. For those of us who are religious, great importance is placed on doing teshuvah (repentance) for the wrongdoings we’ve committed. This is a journey that, by necessity, is a


Israel’s Farmers Need Help to Complete ‘Eighth Year’ of Shemitah Cycle

Many people assume that Shmitah, the Torah-mandated sabbatical year during which planting, harvesting and other agricultural activities are prohibited in the Land of Israel, is a 12 month endeavor, beginning with Rosh Hashanah of the seventh year and concluding with Rosh


A Coach Approach to Teshuvah

Teshuvah is on the forefront of our collective minds as we near Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Our sages tell us that those who seek to engage in teshuvah are actively assisted from above (Shabbos 104a; Yoma 38b). Nothing can stand in the way of the remorseful soul that seeks to return, particularly on Yom Kippur, which


Controlling the Default Button on Perspective: Blessings or Curses?

In our youth, my husband, Jack, and I did not have the opportunity to travel to Israel. Yet, from the first trip we took, when our eldest daughter Tammy spent her year of study at Michlalah, we immediately fell in love with Yerushalayim. On the last night, as our taxi traveled out of the city, I found myself in tears, not only


Settling Into Seminary: Reflections on the First Week in Our Homeland

“I stepped off the plane in Ben Gurion, Israel,

The sun was shining brightly all the day.

It was 1 p.m. on a summer Tuesday afternoon,

Seminary was just an hour drive away…”


The Fairleigh Dickinson University-Yeshiva Program — A Quality Yet Flexible College Education

The yeshiva world is discovering that in order to obtain a good profession, one needs a college degree from a reputable school. Yeshiva students want to be able to transfer as many yeshiva credits as possible, study during times that do not conflict with their learning, be offered a modest tuition with financial aid, and take real classes,


Escaping Tower II

Editor’s Note: Bergenfield resident and JLNJ contributor Russell Moskowitz tells his story of escaping WTC II on September 11, 2001. He wrote the following on September 14, 2001. It is reprinted with permission.


It is now 9:25pm on Thursday night. A


A Yachad Parent Runs for Glory

After seeing some posts on Facebook a few months ago, I called my husband, David, and told him that I was thinking of running the Miami ING Half-Marathon with Yachad. His first response was “You know you don’t run,” soon followed by, “You are out of your mind,” and finally (sigh), “Just let me know where and


Kneeling on a Stone Floor

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we kneel on the floor during davening at Aleinuand while saying V’hakohanim. In addition, many times we wish to kneel on the ground to give a child a bath, exercise or to put something away. Are the above permitted, and if they are not, what is the correct way to kneel?

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