Monday, May 20, 2019


Words With the Same Three-Letter Roots: Must They Be Related?

When words have the same three-root letters, our initial assumption should be that the words are related and our task should be discover the relationship. A straightforward example is shin-caf-mem. This word means “shoulder” (e.g., Gen. 9:23).These three letters are also the root of the word “va-yashkem.” “Va-yashkem”

Responding to a Misguided Museum Guide

A Magnificent Exhibit

It was a most magnificent exhibit at New York’s grand Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall of 2014. Entitled “From Iberia to Assyria,” the exhibit featured an all-star cast of leading artifacts from the ancient Middle East assembled from artifacts from leading

The Kedusha of Today

Parshat Emor

Parshat Emor, which we read this week, continues the theme of sanctity that marked last week’s parsha of Kedoshim and dedicates its first perek to the laws of kedusha as they apply to the kohanim. The haftarah, a reading selected from Sefer Yechezkel, does the same, describing

Striving for Perfection


וּסְפַרְתֶּם לָכֶם מִמָּחֳרַת הַשַּׁבָּת מִיּוֹם הֲבִיאֲכֶם אֶת-עֹמֶר הַתְּנוּפָה שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת

תְּמִימֹת תִּהְיֶינָה

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

This proverbial saying originated as an old African proverb. It has been used in various situations, but as we write this we want to share the birth of a child who is now 28 years old. In fact, this past Shabbat he celebrated his bar mitzvah in a slightly different manner than the usual 13-year-old adolescent. We are speaking of

‘Eva.Stories’ Comes to Instagram

Reviewing: “eva.stories” available via Instagram, 2019.

Instagram users may have seen advertisements that read, “What if a girl in the Holocaust had instagram?” “Eva.Stories” is a series of 70 brief clips documenting the life of Eva Heyman, a 13-year-old girl murdered in

Hundreds Attend Bnei Akiva Tekes Ma’avar

(Courtesy of Bnei Akiva) On the evening of May 8, over 700 people joined together for the annual “Tekes Ma’avar” transitioning from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut run by Bnei Akiva and its young professionals’ program BAbayit at the West Side Institutional Synagogue in New York City.

Q&A With Israeli Artist Edward ben Avram, Featured at Project Ezrah Art Show

Project Ezrah is hosting an art show featuring well known Israeli artist Edward Ben Avram. Meet the artist at the show, which will take place on Sunday, May 19, from 7 - 9 p.m., at the home of Becky and Avi Katz. A portion of the proceeds will go to Project Ezrah.

I had the opportunity

Nesya Bayewitz Celebrates Bat Mitzvah With Simcha and Chesed

As a young girl’s bat mitzvah approaches, she often dreams of the party she will have. DJs, dancing, singing, trampolines, sports complexes and photo booths all typically make the list of potential party venues and activities. Coupled with the fun, of course, is the significance of this life-cycle event: a girl

International Media Coverage of Israel Discussed at Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey held another in its series of FEDTalks events on Monday evening, May 6, featuring Tal Heinrich. The focus was on whether international media news coverage of Israel is biased or balanced. Judging by the strong attendance, the topic clearly resonates. Heinrich certainly has the experience

In Solidarity With Poway Chabad: A Shabbat of Tears and Joyous Song

Standing in the courtyard of the Poway Chabad, hundreds of people formed concentric circles, arms around each other, singing Shalom Aleichem. The very place where a week earlier Lori Kaye had been murdered and three others injured only because they were Jews had been transformed – the spirit of Shabbat, the spirit of peace, had

Finding Old Books a New Home

Part II

Before Pesach, I shared with you several reasons why even valuable and cherished old books and seforim sometimes need to find a new home, as well as how a shul in Passaic, Congregation Tifereth Israel (“the Tif”), was beginning the process of collecting gently-used books and