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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Simcha-Sharing Site Unveils Redesigned Website & App with More Features

Bergenfield—OnlySimchas, the premier celebrations clearinghouse for the Jewish community, has announced a series of major upgrades, including the launch of a new mobile-friendly platform.  Users can now instantly post photos directly from a celebration using their iPhones.

Visitors to OnlySimchas.com will also find a new design that easily adapts to

Syracuse Orange Football Team Tackles Smokey Joe’s in Teaneck

What’s the food of choice for football players? Prime rib.

The entirety of the Syracuse Orange football team patronized Smokey Joe’s on August 30 for a pre-game day late lunch.

“At first I thought it was a prank,” Joe Godin, restaurant owner said.

The site of three busloads of suited football players with a state police escort

The Wealthiest Wedding of All

I’ve certainly been to some lavish simchas in the last 25 years. Weddings that have taken me to impressive marinas, sandy beaches, and spectacular hilltop panoramic views, and bar mitzvahs featuring the hottest boy-toy bands and dancing women without, umm…their hair covered, to say the least. No, I wasn’t at Sam Horowitz’s extravaganza in Dallas, but

Acheinu Talmidim Tested on Mesechta Kesubos

Jerusalem—In honor of the beginning of Elul Zeman at the Acheinu Yeshiva for Baalei Teshuvah in Yerushalayim, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Hevron Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Cohen, shlita, recently participated in a pesichas hazeman event—a siyyum on the entire Masechta Kesubos.

Rav Cohen, Rav Dovid Hofstedter,  and Rabbi Zev Hofstedter, Rosh Yeshiva

What’s App Doc?

Some of the hottest things these days are apps. There’s a daf yomi app, a kriyas shema shel mita app, a zmanim app and thousands more of all different types and from thousands of different sources. If you ask someone, “What’s an app?” they’ll probably tell you it’s something for your iPad or smartphone. It’s actually just the

Bon Annee / Shanah Tova

Just about one year ago we davened on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with our friends at Congregation Ahavat Yisroel in Cote St. Luc, a suburb of Montreal. It was the very last time that we would be together as a minyan—that we would fulfill our roles as rabbi and rebbetzin of a group of people that we loved deeply.

Our minyan was not

The Rabbi and the Rapper

SEATTLE—Most Orthodox rabbis who earn the title “emeritus” retire to a quiet life of teaching and learning and visiting the sick. Emeritus Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, who recently retired after decades of service to Seattle’s Sephardic Bikur Cholim congregation, does all of those activities, but now has a new and distinctly unorthodox career—as vocal

The Essence of Marriage

Dear Dr. Glick,

When my wife and I married 15 years ago, everything seemed wonderful. My wife was an amazing person who was funny, fun to be with, and great even with my friends. We got along beautifully together. We decided to get married less than two months after we met. She was very much a detail person, but I thought that was a good thing because I look at

Trying New Things

I generally spend Rosh Hashanah at my parents’ house. This works out very well for me because our minhag is to eat pretty much all the symbolic foods in the simanim booklet, and I have a bunch of little kids who refuse to try anything new.

“Eew!  What’s that?”

“It’s a new fruit.”

“Oh.  I don’t like

Going Crazee at Carly’z Craze

Do you ever wonder about the back story of your favorite shops? Who owns them? Why did they decide to open them?

I wondered this about one of my favorite Teaneck clothing boutiques, Carly’z Craze on Cedar Lane. Carly’z Craze offers fun, fashionable and modest clothing for girls, teens and women, plus great jewelry and accessories. Currently stocked to the

How to Steer Clear of Conflict (Blood) Diamonds

“Conflict diamonds,” also known as blood diamonds, are those sold to fund armed conflict and civil war. Human rights organizations link more than four million deaths and millions more displaced people to the trade in conflict diamonds. Blood diamonds became more prevalent in the 1930’s in Sierra Leone, where top quality gem diamonds were discovered without the

For A Sweet And Healthy New Year

Simanim, or symbols, are a popular feature at many families’ Rosh Hashanah tables. While some make sure to include every last siman from black eyed peas to spinach to beets, it is almost a given that the classics—apples, honey and pomegranate—will find their way to every Rosh Hashanah feast. And while the honey may be a little too sticky and