Saturday, July 20, 2019


Watching the Alcohol This Purim

Joyful observance of Purim is what we do together with family and friends at our seudah table. Giving charity for matanot l’evyonim, hearing the Megilla and giving mishloach manot should give us and others overwhelming joy as well.

We thank Rabbi Larry Rothwachs for sharing his wise words with us

Jews, Half Pipes and Skeletons

Until this week, most of us probably would not have been able to describe the sports relevance of a half pipe. But this week we saw that Arielle Gold’s quest to reach the Olympic podium was more than a pipe dream.

Indeed, the 21-year-old veterinary medicine student from Colorado Springs became the

Purim, Alcohol and the Messages We Send: A Case for Consistency

It’s hard to believe but Purim is just around the corner. In less than two weeks, Jews all over the world will gather and celebrate a day embedded with meaning and infused with joy. Purim provides adults and children alike with the opportunity to connect with God and with each other in a remarkable way, granting us an experience which is often quite

Yachad’s Warmest Month of The Year

There certainly are events in Israel, Europe, on Capitol Hill and locally that impact all of us. Goodness knows it’s been a wild week on Wall Street, and issues such as funding the federal government, immigration and others seem ever-present.

But let’s not forget that despite the cold weather, February is truly one of the “warmest” months of the year.

Poland Still Must Face Its History

3.5 million.

No, that’s not the jackpot in this week’s lottery. That’s the number of Jews who lived in Poland in 1939, the year of Germany’s Polish invasion.


Welcome to Poland’s current Jewish population.

To Abbas: No US, No Peace

It should come as no surprise that PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced he’d only agree to a broad, internationally backed panel to mediate any peace talks with Israel.

The Palestinians are frantically perseverating over President Trump’s recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

‘Youthful Indiscretions;’ Let’s Keep This L’Shem Shamayim

Since our editorial last week, much has been said about the issues confronting our

The Yeshiva High School Bubble Does Not Protect Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Since we, as parents, invest so much in private yeshiva high school education for our children, we might think that these academically sound, rigorously moral institutions will serve as protection for our teens from the immense pull of alcohol and drug use.

However, as we have learned in recent months,

A Sad Beginning to a New Year

You did not have to know either the Steinberg family of Scarsdale, New York, or the Weiss family of Belleair, Florida, personally. If you are a member of a Jewish community, you know them well, especially if you are active in your shul, federation, school or camp.

2018 had a gut-wrenching

Letting Hope Take Us to 2018

How could we have known that Donald Trump, the president who triggers such a visceral reaction in this nation, would boldly tell the world that Jerusalem was undeniably Israel’s capital and our nation’s embassy was destined for our people’s most holy city?

Along those lines, how could we have known

New Jersey: America’s Newest Hotbed of Intolerance?



Recent publicized moves by both the New Jersey town and state university to reverse anti-Semitic bias are no better than dabbing makeup over a festering blemish.

Mahwah, which by its regrettable

Toelet: Journalistic Ethics and the ‘Benefit’ of Publishing Bad News

Last week, as I began to follow leads for what I thought might be an important but short story about old allegations of sexual abuse against a local resident that took place in the 1980s, I realized something else was happening. Because many of my best high school memories were spent at United Synagogue Youth (USY) shabbatonim,