Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Lineage Liability

Megillat Esther ends with the Purim antagonist, Haman, hanging from the gallows. Haman, however, does not die alone, for his tens sons also are slain: “And Parshandatha and Dalphon and Aspatha, and Poratha and Adalia and Aridatha, and Parmashta and Arisai and Aridai and Vaizatha: The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the

Cohen Leads Charge Against Anti-Semitism in Ocean County

Sometimes recognizing anti-Semitism is obvious. At other times the anti-Semitism may be less overt, thereby making it more difficult to identify and rally opponents to denounce the bias and hatred. The Rise Up Ocean County Facebook group, and its opposition to the booming growth of the Lakewood Jewish community,

Rabbi Goldin Writes New Classic Haggada

Reviewing: “Unlocking the Haggada” by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin. Gefen Publishing House. 2019. English. Hardcover. 244 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9652299376.

Rav Shmuel Goldin has outdone himself with his new Haggada, “Unlocking the Haggada,” published this

Pittsburgh Is Still Way Too Close and Way Too Loud


When I’d say this city’s name in years past, it had everything to do with the Steelers or Pirates or the place of my birth.

Now Pittsburgh conjures up nothing but sadness since the October 26 murder of 11 Tree of Life Synagogue worshippers by

Why I Am Going to the AIPAC Policy Conference

Supporting Israel: It’s a lot more than giving ‘Benjamins.’

With anti-Semitism arising at an alarming rate, American Jews can no longer take for granted our “comfort” in this country or that Israel will receive whole-hearted, bipartisan U.S. support now or in the future.

Chullin 101

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 Reb David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichye.

This week we learned Chullin 101. These are some highlights.

The Two Meanings of Nun-Shin-Kof

Nun-Shin-Kof is an interesting root because it has two different meanings: “kiss” and “military equipment.”

Could these meanings be related? After all, the purpose of military equipment is to create a physical contact with the enemy, even though it is a hostile contact!

Destroying Amalek? Why?

Shabbat Zachor, Parshat Tetzaveh

The haftarah of Shabbat Zachor connects directly to the special maftir we read on this Shabbat before Purim, a reading that commands Israel to erase the very memory of Amalek due to its unprovoked, dastardly attack against the weak and weary stragglers of the

Managing an Eruv Emergency in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Late-Friday Eruv Repairs

Whenever I receive a phone call late Friday afternoon from an out-of-town caller, typically it is about an eruv emergency in one of the many communities I help with their eruvin. Last Friday, the rabbi from Cambridge,

Shaul vs. Esther: Learning to Live a Committed Life

As Purim approaches, we begin to focus on the historical relationship between Amalek and the Jewish people. Beginning with Parshas Zachor, we remember Amalek’s original attack on the Jews shortly after they left Egypt. Then, in the haftorah, we read the story of King Shaul’s failure to fulfill Hashem’s command to completely

Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha

It’s Adar! The month of Purim brings with it silly hat days, costume preparations and plenty of organizations trying to sell you mishloach manot packages. But the most reliable harbinger of the season will surely soon appear in these pages: articles by rabbis and others explaining the true meaning of Purim.

Teaneck Doghouse to Host Inaugural Free Purim Megilla Reading and Chagiga

On March 20, The Teaneck Doghouse will be hosting its first-ever free megilla reading and Purim chagiga. Beginning at 7:20 and open to families with children of all ages, the event will include a renowned chazan leading the reading, which will be followed by Maariv. The chagiga will then promptly follow