Saturday, October 21, 2017


Take Control of Your Event and Make Money

Here’s a startling, if not alarming, fact courtesy of a study done some years ago by Charity Navigator: The average charity spends $1.33 to raise $1 in special event contributions. Uh-oh!

Now to utter something really sacrilegious: A special or major event is not for every nonprofit

Why Would You Offer Job Search Assistance to Displaced Employees?

For many years, employers have offered what was commonly known as outplacement assistance to associates who had been severed from the company for a variety of reasons. In fact, a whole new industry, born out of RIFs, began to proliferate in the ’80s.

Today, there are many online resources for

Medicare Open Enrollment: Are You Aware of Your Choices?

Every year between October 15 and December 7, a period known as “open enrollment,” Medicare beneficiaries can make changes in their Medicare coverage. The Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey (SMP), a federally funded program of the U.S. Administration for Aging, believes that if you know your options you can avoid being

Do You Have A Shalom Bias?

Your marital bliss might depend a lot on what society you are part of.

A married couple harmoniously navigates decisions, raises a family and resolves its occasional arguments. Is this amicable relationship a happy marriage? Whether or not their connection is a content one might

Orthodox Homes Move Beyond Timers

The number of ho­me automation products that offer to control our homes is ever expanding. From bulbs to switches, thermostats to appliances and locks to irrigation systems, the myriad products available continues to explode. In this new monthly article, I will review these products, their functionality and services

Sanhedrin 56 and 57

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h.


This week we learned Sanhedrin 56 and 57. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 56: Is there a

Forget HaMelech HaMishpat? Depends If You Are Sephardic or Ashkenazi

I recall learning as far back as elementary school that if one forgot to recite HaMelech HaMishpat during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva, one need not repeat the Amidah. The well-known ruling of the Rama is based on the idea that since one anyways mentions the word “Melech” when reciting Melech ohev tzedaka u’mishpat, the formula

What Is the Meaning of ‘Yom Teruah’?

The Torah gives very little explanation of the holiday that we call today Rosh HaShanah. The Torah calls it only “yom teruah” (in Parshat Pinchas) and “zichron teruah” (in Parshat Emor). What are the meanings of these brief terms “teruah” and “zichron teruah”? What is the plain-sense understanding of this reason for

Shabbos: Not a Day of Rest

Another busy, stress-filled work week: work, school, children, laundry, cleaning, shopping, cooking. Thank goodness for Shabbos so we can finally rest.

Shabbos should not be thought of merely as a day of rest whereby we recharge our batteries for the work week that is to follow. That would make

Parshas Nitzavim/Vayelech: Standing Together With Love and Acceptance

What is a king? It’s a good question to ask King Constantine (he has no last name). In 1964, at the young age of 23, Constantine ascended the throne and became king of Greece. Alas, it wasn’t for long. In April 1967, a military coup forced him to begin a 40-year exile. He was even stripped of his Greek citizenship and passport

The Life of Herzl Melcer aka Lt. Iwan Siemienowicz Pidlowskij

To those readers who have patiently waded through my previous presentation, which ended last week, written many years ago by my wife’s mother, you will find that the beginning of this new story is basically a repetition, although considerably abbreviated. I did this for the benefit of those readers who have just joined

Drugs in Our Schools?

Since last Rosh Hashanah, over 100 frum young people in the New York-New Jersey area have passed away as a result of drug use. It is a plague that is affecting our community in an appalling and unanticipated way. We know from the media that the drug epidemic is widespread. What takes getting used to is that it is