Saturday, February 16, 2019


A Miracle Encounter on River Road: A Teaneck Eruv Story

We experience miracles very frequently. The question and challenge we have is whether we are sufficiently alert and spiritually sensitive to notice them.

A most poignant example occurred this past August when a group of community rabbis teamed together to conduct our yearly walking inspection of

What Is the Origin of the Word ‘Chalom’ (Dream)?

I had always wondered what view of dreams was reflected in biblical Hebrew. My initial thought was that Ḥ-L-M might have derived from Ḥ-L-H (sick). (I will use Ḥ for the letter “chet.”)

But as I investigated, I learned that the issue is really the opposite. Two times in Tanach (at

Purity and Sanctity

Parshat Tetzaveh

In the final nine chapters of Sefer Yechezkel, the navi describes in detail the magnificence of Bayit Shlishi, the third Beit Hamikdash that would be built during the Messianic Era. Our rabbis were troubled by some of Yechezkel’s descriptions of the laws and the service in

Chullin 76

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h, and Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bat Rav David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Chullin 76. These are some highlights.

Fight, Flight or Alright

For all our technological innovations and uncanny advancements, there is still one thing we have absolutely no control over: the weather. Last week, a polar vortex, whatever that is, enveloped much of the United States, bringing dangerously frigid temperatures. Although New York’s weather wasn’t as severe as that of the

Listening Respectfully Is an Important Skill

Here’s the million-dollar question: Why do people think it’s okay to talk when someone else is? OK, not people, kids; OK, not kids, students. And yes, they are people and kids. But why do they think it’s OK to talk when the teacher is??

Were you ever talking and someone suddenly

SINAI Schools Continues to Transform the Life of Our Daughter Chaya Ziporah

We vividly recall the unforgettable moment when the doctor told us that our child had Down syndrome. It felt like a horrific sentence meted out to us. The questions and fears loomed large. What kind of a life would our child have? How would this impact our family? What implications

For the past

Chasdei Lev Provides Adult Residential Services in NJ

(Courtesy of Chasdei Lev) When a special child is born, the entire family is affected. The special child, parent, and siblings face enormous physical and emotional challenges. Thankfully these families are not alone. The Special Children’s Center is there for them every step of their arduous journey.

Christian Arab IDF Soldier Visits Area Yeshiva High Schools

Over the course of the week of February 4, Yoseph Haddad, an Israeli Christian Arab and a strong defender of Israel, visited four area yeshiva high schools to share his incredible story about his experiences fighting in the IDF and to call out the falsities of anti-Israeli groups of the BDS movement. Stopping at The Frisch School,

Trick Questions on the SAT? A Guide to Spot Them and to Succeed

Who wrote Boswell’s “Life of Johnson”? Who is buried in Grant’s tomb? If missed the trick wording in these questions, you join many bright students whose imprecise reading misses similar trick questions on the SAT.


Plausible Wrong Answers

An International Solution for a Local Tuition Crisis

Every September, proud American Jewish parents upload photos to social media of their children leaving the house to start the school year. Friends and family marvel at how the child has grown. Most push the reality of the year’s costs to the back of their minds.

The tuition crisis is

YUNMUN: Where Students Dialogue With Research and Urgency

Position papers instead of text messages.

Coalitions rather than cliques.

Take every American teenage stereotype you have and they become so….20 minutes ago.

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Stamford’s Crowne Plaza Hotel was the site of the 29th Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) attracting 425 high