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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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I’m Right on the Block

Today I have great news for all you parents out there who have kids who are very into Lego and who may have recently made some serious mistakes as far as presents.

Yes, I know I bring up Lego a lot. I have a son who’s obsessed.

It’s not just him. Lego is

Birthday Buzzkill

Chanukah is a magically magnificent eight-night holiday, but when your birthday falls during Chanukah, it can be problematic. When the two coincide, your thunder can easily be stolen, leaving you feeling bewildered, betrayed and beside yourself with the birthday blues. It also can leave you singing a sad song like the following:

Open Bias or Overdevelopment? A Community Conversation

Speaking recently at the Construction and Management Interstate B2B Expo it was clear by the panel’s title, “Open Bias or Overdevelopment?” that our community was looking to explore the root causes of issues being faced now across the state. At the heart of the matter are the issues facing us in Mahwah/Monsey and

Open Bias or Overdevelopment? A Community Conversation

Speaking recently at the Construction and Management Interstate B2B Expo it was clear by the panel’s title, “Open Bias or Overdevelopment?” that our community was looking to explore the root causes of issues being faced now across the state. At the heart of the matter are the issues facing us in Mahwah/Monsey and

Shavuot 11

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 Shavuot 11. These are some highlights.

Shavuot 11: He set up wax candles for Chanukah,

The Chanukiot of Sheffield Road

It was the first night of Chanukah. The candles were lit, Maoz Tzur had been sung, and everyone was ready to sit down for latkes and jelly doughnuts. But Beanie needed to be walked. He was a small, white mutt of unknown breed, but everyone in the Birnbaum house adored him. Beanie stuck to a strict schedule, and nature waits for no

Adina Bar-Shalom Lights Shabbat Candles at the Jachter Home

It was a very exciting Shabbat in March 2011 when Adina Bar-Shalom, the distinguished daughter of Rav Ovadia Yosef, visited Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck. In addition, to have the special pleasure and honor of hearing Rabbanit Bar-Shalom speak, it was a privilege for the Jachter family to host her

Some Interesting Words in Parshat Miketz

This parsha includes many interesting words. I thought it would be interesting to discuss some of them.

Achu: grass or reed (as food for cattle). This word appears twice in our parsha. It only appears one other time in Tanach, at Job 8:11. It is a word of Egyptian origin.

History Repeats

Parshat Miketz-Chanukah

The connection between this week’s haftarah and Chanukah is quite obvious. Certainly, the vision of the seven-branched Menorah that closes the selection connects powerfully to the very symbol of the holiday, the nine-branched chanukiya. And perhaps more significant is

Chanukah: A True Source for Jewish Inspiration

This dvar Torah is dedicated l’ilui nishmas my mother in law Rebbetzin Ita Singer, Ita bas Pinchas, a”h, who passed away Friday, 20 Kislev, December 8.

There really is something special about Chanukah that tugs at the Jewish heart. Regardless of how observant (or not) they are, Jews

Walls of Morality

On November 9, in Heichal HaTorah, a group of students made a small model graffitied wall, symbolic of the Berlin Wall, which divided West and East Germany for decades. Then, in commemoration of “Berlin Wall Day,” the anniversary of the day when the Berlin War was dismantled on that day in 1989, they broke down their makeshift

Chanukah and Community

I. Whose Oil?

Around 150 years ago, a Warsaw rabbi attempted to introduce a new chumra, a stringency regarding Chanukah lights. The reason for rejecting his proposal offers insight into the nature of family and community.

In his