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East Towards Home: A Review

A voyage through Jewish time and space, with a definite tilt to the left, is laid out before the audience in Billy Yalowitz’s musical play East Towards Home, being presented at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan through February 2. Partially funded by the Puffin Foundation of Teaneck, the producers hope to also present it in other locations

5 Critical Tips Before You Network

Everyone talks about networking, including career experts who preach its importance. However, it is a concept that is often misunderstood. I tend to define networking as a sequential process of establishing and maintaining relationships in the hope of increasing the probability of your being in the right place at the right time. Networking takes place in

Fixity In Personal Finance (Part 2)

Using Goodin’s paradigm of settling some issues to provide the fixity necessary for good planning, it’s worth considering which items in our financial lives should have a high degree of fixity. And putting this question into historical context, it’s also quite possible to assert that financial fixity may be in the midst of a significant change.

Ever since

Americans with Israeli Bank Accounts Could Face Troubling Tax Season

Americans with Israeli bank accounts may be in for a financial nightmare in just several months if they haven’t filed their taxes properly. According to Charles M. Ruchelman, a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, some Israeli banks are already notifying U.S. account holders that they may be disclosing the relationship between the Israeli

Welcoming Latin Americans To The United States

Since the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008, the world has undergone a turbulent period of transition in the political and economic status quo. Constant change and the accompanying uncertainty are now characteristic of this transitory period. Accordingly, we cannot yet see the repercussions and unintended consequences of recent events and actions taken by

The Kotel War Continues

Below are two statements regarding last week’s Rosh Chodesh davening by women at the Kotel. Although not stated below, the Women of the Wall have more than a few Anglo-Israeli Modern Orthodox and Open Orthodox women in their ranks, some of them from Bergen County and Riverdale. Also, in a poll done by the Israeli Democracy Institute in Tel Aviv, 48% of

Taming a Conflict: Friends or Allies of Convenience

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and two other Americans were killed September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. There was enough blame to go around to smear everyone involved, but what really happened will never be clear.

Patricia Smith, the ambassador’s mother, pleaded for answers. “I just want to know what

Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) Pres. Chaim Sukenik In Teaneck This Shabbat

When Professor Ze’ev Lev founded Jerusalem College of Technology in 1969, his vision was to educate students who felt that Torah learning and higher education could be partners, and train them to take their place in the world of Israel’s developing high tech industry. The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) started with seven students and today has over 4,000.

A Student’s Perspective from Jerusalem College of Technology

Jerusalem – “Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever” (-Paul Auster). We’ve all heard this saying before, that in a moment everything can change for bad or good. We’ve all hoped at the end of a hard day, in the depths of difficulty that life throws at us, that somehow everything will get better. But what is more difficult

The Baby in the Basket

No, this isn’t about Moses. If you subscribe to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s daily news summary, it was there. It was story number four out of 12 that day. The headline didn’t seem right. “Israeli Government to Fund Abortions for Women Ages 20-33.” So I clicked through, and here is the story in its entirety:

Israeli women between the ages of 20

Breaking Out The Presidential Crystal Ball

As we bid farewell to 2013 and usher in 2014, it is natural to both reflect on the events of the past year and to take a look ahead to try and ascertain what the coming year has in store for us. However, in political circles, it is not enough to just forecast how things will play out in 2014; instead, people are breaking out their crystal balls and glancing ahead all

Cong. Rinat Yisrael Presents Rabbi David Silber

Rabbi David Silber, dean of the Drisha Institute, will be a second lecture at Rinat Yisrael on the 12th, beginning at 8:15 p.m. The first lecture was about the Tower of Babel and the second will be about Megillat Esther.  Rabbi Silber is a widely acclaimed teacher and lecturer on biblical narrative and liturgy. He is the founder of the Drisha Institute, an