Thursday, November 14, 2019


Must Read: A Fascinating Tale of a Kurdish Jew

Reviewing: “My Father’s Paradise,” by Ariel Sabar. Algonquin Books. 2008. English. Hardcover. 325 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1565124905.

This was one of the most interesting books that I have ever read! Ariel grew up in Los Angeles. His father, Yona, was born in Kurdistan (in Iraq), where,

Is Chutzpah a Key Ingredient In Israeli Innovation?

Highlighting: “Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” by Inbal Arieli. Publishers HarperBusiness/HarperCollins Publishers. 2019. Hardcover. 240 pages. English. ISBN: 978-0-06-288303-2.

Inbal Arieli knows more than a thing or two about how to be an entrepreneur.

‘Kosher Travelers’ to Feature Pesach and Other Exciting Travel Options

The kosher traveler has more opportunities than ever to visit remote ports, luxury resorts and exotic destinations than ever before. Thanks to the creativity and imagination of native Australians David and Chana Walles who made aliyah in 2008 and shortly after purchased the well-known Eddie’s Travel and

Do the Math

While going shopping for my wife I picked up a bag of something she needed. I noticed the price on it and then looked for what I knew to be a brand with a reputation for being less pricey than the first. Sure enough, it was a significant amount cheaper than the one I had in my hand.

I then took

Explore the Stone Ruins of a Mansion On This Hike in Nearby Oakland

This three-mile-long hike in nearby Oakland, of moderate difficulty, is one of my favorites. Not only does it run along a scenic lake and climb to several panoramic viewpoints, but it also passes the interesting stone ruins of Foxcroft—a mansion built over 100 years ago. There are several

Modiin Teen Raises Money for Playground for Autistic Children

An incredible initiative was undertaken by Gadi Schreiber (nephew of Rabbi Chaim Poupko of Ahavath Torah in Englewood), a 13-year-old boy from Modiin, Israel, who took upon himself a bar mitzvah project to bake and sell cookies in order to raise money to help build a new playground for autistic children and succeeded in

Happy Five-Year Anniversary

Five years ago this September I was sitting on my deck, out of work, yet not ready to retire. I was eating my lunch and reading an AARP article about Barbara Reich, the self-prescribed “Queen of Clean.” Two pages later I could feel the hair on my arms standing on end, and I knew I had hit on something life-changing. The article

Who Were the First Ashkenazim?

Broadly speaking, Ashkenazim are descendants of Jews who migrated (or were expelled by the Romans) from Judea to Mediterranean Europe (what we now call Italy, Greece and the Balkans). The population eventually expanded into Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Ashkenazim and native Italkim and

Why November Deserves to Be Israel History Month

When we ask students to identify the most pivotal day in modern Israeli history, most if not all will answer the 15th of May, 1948. Indeed, that is the day when the nation marked its independence and the point where Zionism transformed from a quest for nationhood to a fight to preserve it.



Part 3

(Continued from last week)

But again, my laziness reared its head and I kept thinking about that problem. I said to myself, I give charity to various organizations, including hospitals, so why not donate these discs to Hackensack? I very proudly

Moving Into the ‘Hahbuh’

I just came across a news article titled, “Massachusetts Is Considering Leaving the Eastern Time Zone.” And good for them. It’s about time.

Apparently, in the last couple of years, the government of Massachusetts formed a commission to talk about changing their state to an earlier time

Glorious Gap

What does it mean to take a “gap year“? Does it mean that you spend your year working for an American clothing company specializing in basic ensembles that are perfect for yeshiva dress-code compliance? No, but wouldn’t the employee discount alone make this a worthwhile endeavor?

For the