Sunday, September 15, 2019


Melding STEM With the Jewish Humanities

For as long as parents and teachers have been educating children there has existed a tension between two complementary but also at times competing values. On the one hand, education is an investment in a profession. By that standard, a successful educational outcome is judged by whether a pupil is adequately prepared to enter the

Is the Glass Only Half Empty?

Parshat Ki Teitzei

The confluence of Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh that occurred two weeks ago, at which time we replaced the usual haftarah of Re’eh with that of Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, grants us the privilege of making up that “loss” this week by reading both the selection for Parshat Ki

Fighting Price Gouging by Adopting a Lenient Opinion: Possible Contemporary Applications

It is possible that if the rabbanim feel that the local merchants are taking advantage of the Jewish community and overcharging for various religious-based needs, they may instruct the community to fight back and rely on lenient halachic opinions. Precedent for adopting a lenient approach to fight price gouging may be found in

What Is the Meaning of ‘Selah’?

We have all recited this simple word thousands of times in our prayers. But what does it mean?

To give you some background, it appears 71 times in Psalms and three times in Habakkuk (all in Chapter 3). It appears nowhere else in Tanach. It never appears at the beginning of a verse, but

Beyond the Impossible Burger

In the food and “foodie”-centric world in which we live there are numerous terms you will likely hear bandied about as the latest and greatest food creations to come forth. It was pointed out to me how sad it is that there is more money to be made by scientists in finding a new artificial sweetener with no calories than there

Success in Jewish Education, Step by Step

One of the most significant objectives in Jewish education is the development of Ahavat Hashem in our students. Indeed, this objective is often expressed as one of the key elements in our collective mission statements. Many of us have a picture in our mind of what Ahavat Hashem looks like: a student involved in mitzvot, in

Davening in the Hall of the Dead

The lights are lit, bracketing the bronze plaque bearing the name of Herbert Barbanel, Nechemia ben Avraham Moshe. It’s up front on the right, toward the bottom of one of the giant yahrtzeit frames that fill nearly all the wall space in this small old beit midrash.

When in New York (I spend

Back to Dating: Be Open to Unexpected Options

It’s been a while since we discussed what is going on in the dating world. Interestingly, it is not only in the Jewish world that singles appear to have such difficulty finding their soulmate. It seems as though the crisis is in all communities. Our concern, quite honestly, is why the craziness exists and what we as individuals

New Leadership and New Plans for New Jersey-Israel Commission

One bedrock principle of the U.S.-Israel alliance, at the national and state level, is that the partnership is built on shared democratic values and also on substantial joint ventures that are mutually beneficial. One place where this principle is readily evident is in the work of the state of New Jersey’s New Jersey-Israel

Newark Lawyer Visits Israel With AIPAC

Last January, Calvin Souder took a journey to Israel that deeply impacted his life.

The Newark attorney traveled to the Holy Land as part of AIPAC’s African American Fellowship.

His journey was so inspirational, that the married father of four plans to

Waltuch Gallery Presents ‘Conversations With Myself’: Photographs by Jo Ann Chaus

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery, located at 411 E. Clinton Avenue in Tenafly, presents “Conversations with Myself,” an exhibition of stirring photographs by Jo Ann Chaus, who brings a penetrating emotional depth to her subjects. The show will be on display through September

Rimon Family Judaica Collection Slated to Hit Auction Block

(Courtesy of Kedem Auction House) 

Dr. Yirmiyahu Rimon (1933-2018) was perhaps one of the greatest documenters of Israeli history. While others wrote books and films on the subject, “Yerri,” as he was fondly called, sought to create a documentary of a different kind. Simply