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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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The Continuing Saga of Life in Today’s Dating World

Recently Nina attended a forum on the topic “When Children Date—the Complex Role of Parents.” The evening was co-sponsored by YUConnects and 18 synagogues from Teaneck, Bergenfield, New Milford and the surrounding local communities. Although the room at Bnai Yeshurun was full, there is no question in our minds that there were

Chodesh Kislev, Kristallnacht, Purim Hitler and Purim of the Bomb

Friday, November 9, marked 80 years (on the Gregorian calendar) since that fateful night in 1938 when bands of ordinary Germans went about Berlin setting fires to synagogues, beating up Jews, (parenthetically, November 9 was also the date when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died and many Turkish students studying

My Stories

Part 50

(Continued from previous week)

Germany 2014

It was well into 2014 and I had been married to my lovely Dorothy for just a little over a year. During that time, we had spent considerable time

Food: Now in More Colors

People sometimes ask me why I write about Kosherfest every year. After all, Kosherfest is a trade show, and as such, it’s really only open to people in the kosher food industry. Though I suppose that technically, every Jew is in the kosher food industry. In fact, according to official reports, there were at least 6,000 people

Spectacular Speech

A speech given at a bar/bat mitzvah need not be hilariously funny or wildly entertaining. The speech, however, should not cure insomnia. It should hold the audience’s attention and, at least for a moment, captivate and fascinate. Sadly, many speeches fall short, leaving listeners hungry for a laugh and a meal.

The Shpielmans Gear Up for Massive Breakout for Chanukah 2018

The Shpielmans are a 31-piece set of chasidic figurines with zaidy, bubby, etc., and articulating pieces and accessories include Shabbos candles, challah as well as a first-ever removable toy shtreimel with its own case.

The Shpielmans toy, introduced in 2015, had its

Move Over, Baby Shark! The 'Shpielmans' Gear up for Massive Breakout for Chanukah 2018

The Shpielmans are a 31-piece set of chasidic figurines with zaidy, bubby, etc., and articulating pieces and accessories include Shabbos candles, challah as well as a first-ever removable toy  shtreimel with its own case. The Shpielmans toy, introduced in 2015, had its official launch last Chanukah where it was sold and distributed by direct

US Chidon Champs to Join Special 60th Quiz

In 1958, a one-time event was scheduled in Israel with the support of then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. It was a heavily text-based, extraordinarily difficult “Chidon HaTanach,” or Bible Quiz, and was created as a radio celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the creation of

Hashem Give Strength to Your Nation; Hashem Bless Your Nation With Peace

As many of you know, I almost never write up my sermons. This week a number of people asked for my remarks, so this is an attempt at reconstruction:

It is forbidden to weep on Shabbos. I told myself I wouldn’t cry this morning while speaking. But the Rama teaches that there is an

Selected Election Winners From Northern New Jersey

Brachot at Fair Lawn’s Mashu Mashu Kosher Sushi

The Jachter family loves to eat at and from Mashu Mashu sushi in Fair Lawn (under RCBC supervision). They enjoy the décor at the store and the delivery to our home in Teaneck. My 19-year-old son Binyamin in particular I think would eat only Mashu Mashu sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner to the exclusion of all else if given the

Reaching In by Reaching Out

Much has been bandied about regarding the health of the kiruv movement and whether it is “dead.” Frankly, from where I sit at One Western Wall Plaza, I don’t know of a greater fallacy traveling around the Jewish world. At Aish HaTorah, we see over 10,000 people per month at the Dan Family Aish HaTorah World Center and over