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Thursday, February 02, 2023
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Let the Music Play

Where to begin, friends? The music world is on fire, thank you Hashem! In fact, the Thank You Hashem Nation folks keep putting out beautiful music, including male and female singers: something for everyone.

We Golden Oldies’ lovers know music has no age limit. Meilich Kohn recently married and

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Who Pays for What at the Wedding? How Families Share Costs

Note: All names have been changed to protect privacy.

The days of the bride’s family alone paying for the wedding are long gone. Today, both families often share the expense of bringing their children to the chuppah, but there are many ways of divvying up the tasks and the costs. The

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The Power of Ruach

A colleague of my wife was bemoaning her daughter’s forthcoming college tuition expense. She became speechless, when my wife informed her that we have been paying tuition since pre-kindergarten for all of our children, so college did not have the same sticker shock. Sending our children to day schools and yeshivos is, obviously,

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Book Your 2023 Simcha Now

If you’re a newly engaged couple starting to think about your wedding, or a parent starting to plan your son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah, finding a venue should be the first item on your to-do list. With blackout periods like Sefirah and the Three Weeks and with the number of smachot on the rise, dates

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Let the Music Play

Howdy friends! We hope everybody had a great Chanukah filled with song and light! I had a great birthday and Chanukah as we received the best gift ever: a new baby granddaughter via our son Joey Newcomb! Yes, he serenaded his wife, doctors and nurses at the hospital, guitar in hand. Welcome to the world, Zahava!

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‘Hall of Fame—Bat Mitzvah Song’

Becoming a bat mitzvah often seems to take a back seat to its older brother, the bar mitzvah, despite being a big deal for Jewish girls. I wanted my daughters to know that the transition from a non-obligated mitzvah girl to an obligated mitzvah woman should be just as fun and exciting as it is serious.

I

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Gavriel Katz’s ‘KNOT So Typical’ Bar Mitzvah Project

As bar mitzvah chesed projects go, Gavriel Katz is putting his best foot forward. For his chesed project, Gavriel decided to collect gently worn shoes that have been sitting in closets just taking up space. He plans to send these shoes off and sell them to third-world countries and then give the proceeds to the Mendel Balk Yachad Center in

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Bergen County Chabad Centers Plan Festive Chanukah Events

After two years of COVID-induced isolation, community Chanukah events are back in full force. Chabad centers throughout the area are putting finishing touches to planned celebrations. Rabbi Shmuel Konikov, Chabad Englewood, said this year it is especially important to come together.

“In temple times after the shmita year, it is the Hakhel

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UAE Chief Chabad Rabbi Married In the Gulf’s Largest Jewish Wedding

The largest Jewish wedding in the history of the Arabian Gulf took place in the United Arab Emirate’s capital of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday with 1,500 invited guests.

Rabbi Levi Duchman, the first rabbi to serve in the UAE, opened the doors of his wedding to Lea Hadad to turn the event into a

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Let the Music Play

Daylight savings has arrived. I’m not a fan of darkness. While exploring ways to light up the nights, my husband and I have been brainstorming and creating new music platforms, radio shows and special events.

So many musicians have been hard at work, thankfully. Eli Levin put out a beautiful version of “Lech Lecha,” a timely song close to our

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Back to Reality

And a good time was had by all … We sure hope everyone had a magical and musical month of Holy Days. Every time I hear people say “Welcome back to the real world,” LOL, I wonder which world is real.

We cherish the break from the internet and social media. Undistracted family time wins

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What I Learned From (Helping to Plan) Our Daughter’s Wedding in Israel

For me, any opportunity to be in Israel is a cause of great personal simcha. My desire to spend more time in Eretz Yisroel is strong; unfortunately it isn’t always matched by the financial means to realize those dreams.

A more universal simcha, of course, is the wedding of

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