Monday, February 18, 2019


The Hypocrisy of Honoring Henry Ford

The decision by the city of Dearborn, Michigan, to honor Henry Ford should raise concerns for all Americans, not only Jews. Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, accused Jews of being the cause of World War I. He also made references about the house of Rothschild being the symbol of avaricious bankers who plotted conflict

Musician ‘Rabbi Jake’ Takes the Country by Storm

Atlanta might be well known as the birthplace of Coca Cola and Hartsfield- Jackson International, the busiest airport in the world, but for music lovers both large and small, the city’s true claim to fame may very well be hometown-born Rabbi Jake, a singer, songwriter and entertainer whose cheerful tunes and

Project S.A.R.A.H. Joins Yoetzet Halacha of Englewood to Discuss Coercion in Marriage

(Courtesy of Project S.A.R.A.H.) While many residents of Bergen County were watching the Superbowl, a small group of women were gathered in a private home in Englewood to learn about the halachic and psychological aspects of consent and coercion in the intimate life of observant Jews. Nechama Price, the yoetzet halacha of the

The Lure of ‘Shtisel’

From the observant to the non-observant community people are infatuated with the Israeli television series Shtisel, which is available on Netflix. We have found people discussing it in the most surprising of groups. Yes, we too watched it, or perhaps we say one of us (Nina) watched the entire series and was totally mesmerized by

Behaving Like Animals

I write about dumb criminals from time to time—enough that the average reader would assume that all dumb criminals are human.

This isn’t necessarily true. Animals do silly things all the time. Just like humans, they commit crimes in broad daylight, steal things that don’t seem to be worth

Mighty Mezinke

Jewish life is filled with mezuzahs, meshugas and mezinkes. The first ones are usually kissed, the second are rarely missed and the third are joyously danced.

The Mezinke dance is not mentioned in the Torah or Talmud and is not a law, regulation or rule. It is merely a custom created as a

Kristallnacht at the UN

Part 1

The week of November 5-9, 2018, was the busiest one for me, ever since I started speaking about my Holocaust experience in Germany covering the years 1933 to 1941. Why? This November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht and a lot of schools and other organizations were

Taking Responsibility for Your Judaism

Reviewing “Tzadka Mimeni: The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility,” by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky. Gefen Books. 2018. 320 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9652296498.

The order of the nesi’im, the tribal princes in the desert, teaches us the single most important lesson in life.

Bar Soap on Shabbat—Rav Ovadia’s Shocking Teshuva

Classic Reasons to Forbid Use of Bar Soap on Shabbat

Growing up, my friends and I assumed that use of bar soap was strictly forbidden. Indeed, the Rama (Orah Haim 326:10) writes that it is forbidden to wash one’s hands with soap on Shabbat. Two reasons are given for this prohibition. The

What Is the Meaning of the Word ‘Kedeshah’?

We have all been bothered for decades by the following fundamental question. If the root K-D-Sh means “holy,” how could “kedeshah” mean “prostitute”? Note that the Tanach refers to both a “kadesh” and a “kedeshah.” The first is a male and the second is a female. See Deuteronomy 23:18 which refers to and

Is It Time for the Mikdash?

This week’s parsha goes into detail regarding all of the preparations for the construction of the Mishkan, including the necessary materials needed for the building and functioning of the Mishkan. The haftarah as well details the preparations that Shlomo HaMelech made for the construction of the Beit HaMikdash, including the

Chullin 66

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk a”h and le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha a”h bas David Mordechai Fishel sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Chullin 66. These are some highlights.