Sunday, January 24, 2021


Rabbi Greene's Insight

I read Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene’s article “My Tallit” (December 24, 2020) with much interest. I always enjoy and gain much from reading his columns on a variety of topics in Jewish education. He is a valuable resource with much insight into current hot topics in this area. When he speaks and offers suggestions, people should pay heed.


When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

It is hard to fathom what this past year has been like. Exactly a year ago 90,000 of us were celebrating with joy one of the momentous events in modern Jewish times, the Siyum Hashas in MetLife Stadium. But shortly thereafter, and for the rest of the year no more than 10, 20 or 30 of us were allowed in shul at the same time. In addition,


Shidduch Responsibility Should Be Shared

I was disappointed in the initial emphasis of the response by Rebbetzin Sobolofsky to the dilemma of the out-of-town dater (“Advice for the Out of Town Dater,” December 17, 2020). Though the response eventually got around to the message that both the young man and the young woman would be better served by being more flexible and engaged


Respect Will Take You a Long Way

In Rabbi Kuperberg’s article “The Pros and Cons of Longevity” (December 24, 2020), the author states that the Torah promises longevity for only two specific mitzvot: honoring one’s parents and shiluach hakan.

There is actually a third mitzvah noted at the end of Ki Tetze that also promises


The Battle for Religious Freedom

The newest edition of the movement to transform the United States into something it never was intended to be comes in the form of the Secular Democrats of America. They advocate for a dismantling of the most fundamental right in this country: freedom of religion. This is in no way intended to be a referendum on religion or secularism. It is


Kudos to Our Schools’ Principals and Teachers

Who besides doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the continuous responders today in our community? The answer is teachers and principals. At the beginning of the pandemic, the principals and teachers in the schools figured out a way to do remote learning for the children of our community. After this, they opened the doors to school with


A Letter to Mordechai Schmutter

For too long has our community paper been plagued with over-discussed topics like the tuition crisis, COVID-19, new Teaneck restaurants and the tuition crisis. This leaves equally important topics fallen by the wayside. It is high time these issues are brought to the forefront.

Mr. Schmutter (if that is your real name): Week after week, my 7-year-old daughter


Pay It Forward

I saw something similar to this for a different industry and decided I would try to pay it forward. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the pandemic does not impact all equally. Although COVID has upended many industries, it has also helped others at the same time. Not surprisingly, mortgages are up and the reality is, demand for


Tallit Protocol

I often get comments on my articles from fellow congregants. This past Shabbat I received a wonderful validation about my position that one should not remove one’s tallit until after Adon Olam. A friend came over and told me he would wait until after Adon Olam to remove his tallit based on my article (“My Tallit”


Learning Happens Everywhere

As chair of the Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University Educator Preparation Program, I found this past week’s comic strip @JEWISHCARTOON by Jordan B. Gorfinkel especially curious. Play is a repository of rich learning experiences: Cooking supports generating and testing hypotheses and chronological reasoning;


I Owe My Life to Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, z”l

My husband and I were delighted to read the articles last week about the remarkable rabbinic career of Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, z”l. The biographies personally resonated with me since Rav Schwartz converted my mother nearly 40 years ago in Brooklyn. I had the privilege of meeting Rav Schwartz a few years back when I was introduced to him


Ner Shel Chanukah

I read Rabbi Gil Student’s illuminating article (“The Mixed-Up Blessing on Chanukah Lights,’’ December 10, 2020) about how commentators explain Rav Yosef Karo’s deviation of the form of the blessing (“lehadlik ner Chanukah,” skipping out on the Gemara’s use of the word “shel”) with interest. I