Thursday, August 11, 2022


The Rav Hakolel

Rabbi Yonah Landau visits Anshei Lubavitch in Fair Lawn to talk about his book The Rav Hakolel and his generation. The book is a gripping biography about Rav Yaakov Yosef, chief Rabbi of New York 1888-1902 and his battles for Yiddishkeit at the turn of the century.


Englewood Community Remembers Rabbi Chanan Jacobson

Englewood—Rabbi Chanan (Clive) Jacobson could be found wherever, and whenever, something in the community needed to be done. One of his many acts of chessed was to learn Mishnayos with an avel (mourner) and make a siyyum. Now it is Englewood’s turn to learn in his memory. Congregation Ahavath Torah has begun a community-wide


Gedolim Address First Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum Dirshu Shabbos, a Shabbos of Olam Habaah

“A unique koachof Dirshu is that it not only gives a person Olam Habaah, it also gives a person phenomenal Olam Hazeh!” These were the powerful words of HaGaon HaRav Yechiel Michel Steinmetz, shlita, Skverer Dayan of Boro Park who encapsulated the feelings


Eating Out During Pesach: Ashkenazim at the Homes of Sephardim

Jewish communities throughout the world and especially in Israel have been blessed in recent decades to have Sephardim and Ashkenazim living in the same communities. There is even a high percentage of marriages between Sephardim and Ashkenazim leading to a variety of questions dealing with the variations in their Halachic practices. One


Hire Education: Why Bother?

The first question that anyone starting a job search these days asks is, “Why bother?” Anyone who can open a newspaper or a browser sees the headlines every day, and they aren’t encouraging. We are in a “jobless recovery,” where the “employment news is worse than the headlines say.” Even worse, almost everyone knows someone


Celebrating the Spring Holiday in Jerusalem, an Ancient and Modern Cultural Oasis

JERUSALEM—“Guard the spring month and bring a Pesach to G-d, for in that month of spring, G-d took you out of Egypt…” (Devarim 16:1)

With the annual celebration of Pesach rapidly approaching, but the onset of spring in the New York area all too far away, many more are expected


Wine Pairings to Make the Pesach Palate Sing

Everyone has their favorite traditional Passover dishes, but what to drink with them? We sat down with Jay Buchsbaum, Director of Wine Education for Royal Wine Corp. for some insight on pairing wines this Passover. For each dish Jay notes three suggestions from various locations and at different price points. Now onto the


Kosher for Passover in Israel

We were at Sachne one day last Passover. Sachne, also known as “The Park of the Three Pools,” is located near Beit Shahn in the Lower Galilee. It was a beautiful day, and the place was packed with both Jews and Arabs, religious people and non-religious. The kids had a lot of fun going in and out of the waterfalls in the park, and we


Pesach: A Time For Freedom

As we prepare to welcome in the holiday of Pesach, I wanted to reflect on the concept of freedom and its application to family life. Historically, Pesach celebrates our national freedom from under the rule of the Egyptian people. At the Pesach Seder, we involve ourselves in many actions that demonstrate freedom. We drink four cups of wine,


Tax Tips: Is the IRS Watching Me?

The Facebook world is really quite a strange universe when you sit back and think about it. The average sentence written by a female inexplicably contains 17 exclamation points. Apparently a normal response to a picture posted of a young child is to state how you want to “eat them” or “squish them,” both equally disturbing


Watch That Wi-Fi

As an IT professional, I spend a lot of time having conversations about cyber security—hacking and identity theft. With all we do protect ourselves, if a hacker wants to get your data, he will. I give the example that cyber-protection is like having a car alarm or locking one’s car.

If a


Darchei Noam: Creating a Warm and Welcoming Shul for All

Warm and homey are two of the words Rabbi Jeremy Donath would like people to associate with his shul, Fair Lawn’s Darchei Noam. The shul was founded in November 2006 and has grown drastically since its humble beginnings in the basement of one of their member’s home, when they still struggled to get a minyan.

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