Friday, April 03, 2020


A Humbling Journey From Cancer to Corona Days

Suddenly, to our great shock, the entire world is in the exact same position that we have been for almost the whole year. We have been practicing physical distancing all this time. We have not seen our grandchildren, even when our grandson was born to Dina and Ilan. We did not attend his shalom zachor or bris, and five months later we still

Yeshivot Mobilize Online With Ingenuity

Along with the rest of the community and the entire country, local school administrators watched the coronavirus crisis begin to unfold in early March, never imagining the lengths to which the schools would have to go to continue educating their students. As the virus spread, schools began closing, with the

Sharing Seats Delivers Kindness

Mike Dube, left, of Sharing Seats and Englewood’s Josh Hartman deliver pizzas to the Englewood Health EMS department staff, to support them as they provide critical care transport services to those in need with expertise and compassion. Be a part of this new kindness initiative for EMS providers in 

A New Perspective On Ancient Traditions

It’s ironic going into Pesach, the holiday of freedom, when we seem to have lost so many of our freedoms. First and foremost, the freedom to feel safe and secure in our health.

Being in quarantine has also taken away so many freedoms:

The freedom to

Machine Shmura Matzah for This Year’s Seder?

Many people have voiced concern about the availability of matzah shmura for this year’s seders due to the current challenging situation. Rav Hershel Schachter recently released a very important ruling regarding this matter, which we present in the conclusion of this discussion. Some background helps us to appreciate his decision.

Celebrating the Future

Shabbat HaGadol

Parshat Tzav

Over these many years, I have always understood this week’s haftarah selection from the final chapter in the book of the final navi, Malachi, to be based upon the vision of a future redemption. We should be aware of the fact that the

The Meaning of the Cryptic Verse At Exodus 2:23: The King of Egypt Died

At Exodus 2:23, there is a verse that we are all familiar with: “In the course of those many days, the king of Egypt died, and Bnei Yisrael sighed because of the avodah, and they cried out, and their cry for help rose up to God, from the avodah.”

What is the connection between the king of Egypt dying

For Young Adults: The Right Way to Self Isolate

We’re all home from work and school and now seems like the perfect time to meet up with friends and family who are all stuck in the same boat. No more complicated planning around everyone’s busy schedules—the next few weeks look wide open.

But before you hop in the car to see a

Living With Anxiety in the Age of the Coronavirus

There has a been a surplus of information coming out of the all the major news outlets with the president, experts on his task force, political commentators and a whole cadre of other pundits keeping us up to date 24/7 (some might say inundated or even flooded) with primarily news on the medical and economic manifestations/ramifications of

Rav Hershel Schachter, Shlita, Issues Piskei Halacha on Coronavirus Issues

Over the last two weeks, Rav Hershel Schachter, rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he has been teaching for  more than 50 years, has been asked multiple complex halachic questions. As a result, he has issued at least 10 public piskei halacha (Jewish law decisions) in relation to

NCSY 4G: Zoommates Keeps Us Connected

As all schools began to shut down due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus two weeks ago, NCSY 4G (a division of NJ NCSY, focused on all girls programming) got together via Zoom to discuss what we can do to aid our communities being affected by this disease. After much discussion, 4G decided to partner with

Still Here, Still Singing

Reprinted with permission from The Layers Project

It’s the Shabbos before my wedding. Friday night. I’m sitting on the porch next to a pair of shoes that aren’t allowed into the house, because those are my shoes I wear at work in the ER; my brothers and father are standing in the