Monday, February 18, 2019


At YBH, Governor Signs Schools Security Bill

A standing-room-only crowd of educators, students and a diverse array of religious leaders cheered as Governor Phil Murphy arrived at Yeshivas Beis Hillel in Passaic on Tuesday, January 8. He was there to sign a bill into law to double security funding for nonpublic school students, an event that was months and years in the

Englewood’s Michael Wildes Sworn in as Mayor

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, right, with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this past Monday evening at the first council meeting after Wildes was reelected. Murphy is holding Wildes’ new book, “Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door.”

Former Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Now Plans Charedi, Secular Future Cooperation

Who better to work towards future solutions for Israel’s charedim than a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem and former mayor of Beitar Illit?

All of this comes in the form of one person and one organization.

Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus is the Haredi Institute for

RPRY Students Call NJ State Leaders to Request More Security Funding

In light of the horrific recent shooting in Pittsburgh and other public acts of anti-Semitism, the students of the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva decided to take action. On November 19, students called New Jersey Senate President Sweeney and Assembly President Coughlin to ask them to increase the support for non-public school

Dishwashers for Both Meat and Milk: A Sephardic vs. Ashkenazic Issue?

The premier Sephardic poskim Rav Ovadia Yosef and Rav Yitzhak Yosef, permit using one’s dishwasher for both meat and milk (Yalkut Yosef Otzar Dinim L’isha p. 618; Yalkut Yosef Isur V’heter 3:485 and Teshuvot Yabia Omer 10 Yoreh Dei’ah 4). They even (essentially) permit simultaneous washing of both meat and milk in the same

To Be a Jew in America

Published in 2002, Arthur Herzberg wrote “A Jew in America: My Life and A People’s Struggle for Identity.” Ordinarily, I would not review a book this old. But I make an exception here. I have to tell you how our shul library ended up with this book. Hertzberg is known for his “The Zionist Idea” (1959), an anthology of

God’s Wheel of Justice

Parshat Bo

This week we have the unique opportunity of reading a haftarah that includes a nevuah of Yirmiyahu that parallels the nevuah of Yechezkel that we read in last week’s haftarah. Both nevi’im share a vision of the devastating defeat that Egypt would suffer by the hands of Bavel and

Chullin 38

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h, and Meirah Chayah Nechamah Berachah, a”h, bat David Mordechai Fishel, sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Chullin 38. These are some highlights.

Cover Up

Last Friday afternoon, shortly after I arrived home, our 2-and-a-half-year-old twins woke up from their nap. (They make it known when they are ready to come out.) When I went in to take Michael out I was horrified. His right eye was red all around, and it looked like someone punched him in his eye. It took me a minute before I

Positively Speaking

A student had just managed to push all my buttons at once, for the 10th time during the same lesson. Let’s just say I was tired of counting to 10 in my head and not exploding all over him already. But, yay me, I was really holding it together. Remember, I thought to myself, this is someone’s child, he doesn’t really mean to

Education in Four Elements

The quintessential model of Jewish education is found in this week’s parsha, Bo, and is played out very dramatically every year at the Pesach Seder. We are enjoined to transmit to our children the story, the meaning and the experience of the exodus from Egypt as the central idea in what formed us as a people. I think it would be

Italian Kabbalists and Anti-Kabbalists: Rabbi Da Modena and the Controversies Surrounding Him

Part II

Rabbi Da Modena did not experience much joy from his family, as he famously laments in his memoir. There was, however, one ray of joy in Modena’s life, and it came from the man who would marry his beloved daughter Diana. His name was Jacob ben Kalonymus and he was a trained