Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Kaplen JCC Plans ‘Israel at 70’ Communal Celebrations

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) To celebrate the 70-year marker of Israeli independence, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will be holding the following special programs, culminating in a fun and festive community-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Both fun and educational, these programs will allow our community to gain a deeper

West Orange’s Rachel Gordon Receives IDF Presidential Award of Excellence


Rachel Gordon of West Orange, an IDF lone soldier, was nominated by her IDF base commander and the commander of aerial defense to receive the President’s award for outstanding service to the soldiers on her base. The nomination was escalated by the commander of the IDF Air Force, and ultimately

Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut at Congregation Shaarei Orah

Part II

Successes and Failures of Medinat Yisrael

Many note that although we are grateful to Hashem for giving us Medinat Yisrael, we must acknowledge the shortcomings of Medinat Yisrael. Besides the chronic security challenges, there are

How to Fix a Flat Tire in Three Easy Steps (and 14 Hard Steps)

Today’s article is about how to change your tire. A lot of people are scared to change a tire, but in truth, it’s not much harder than changing a light bulb, if you had to jack up your house first and risk it maybe rolling down a hill.

  1. 1. Determine that your car has a flat. A good way

Calculating Candyman

Responsible parents typically instruct their children to never accept candy from strangers. This is true in the Jewish world except when it comes to the synagogue candyman (or candywoman), i.e., the person sitting in shul who hands out loads of lollipops and tons of taffy to every kid who crosses his (or her) pew. The synagogue

How to Turn Ordinary Moments into Proud Moments

When a family is faced with a new diagnosis of autism for their child, the immediate feelings can be overwhelming. The child might be faced with vast educational and physical challenges, but sometimes the behavioral and social concerns can be far more consuming. There has been much progress over the past decade to serve the

Dirshu Holds Seder Nezikin Siyum in Vienna

It took almost nine decades for the sweet sounds of Torah to be heard again in the Sofiensaal Auditorium in Vienna, yet during the first week of Nisan, klal Yisrael witnessed a profound manifestation of Netzach Yisrael lo yishaker. A siyum on the Daf Hayomi Seder Nezikin was held on 2 Nisan in the exact same hall in Vienna

Black Box Studios Runs Summer Teen Theater Program

Rock Musical Theater Intensive, Black Box Studios’ popular summer program for teens with a serious interest in the performing arts, will run this summer for its ninth season from Monday, July 2, until Sunday, August 12, weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students aged 13-19 spend a month working on a Broadway-style musical that

Rejuvenating a Family Bond

My father-in-law, Is, short for Isadore, would often muse that he was the fifth child born on the fifth day of the fifth month. That was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1911. His parents, from Pinsk, married in Elizabeth, where his mother bore and, with the help of her eldest child, her daughter, Ann, raised 14

The End of Bad Habits

“Mommy, why do you always make this face?” my younger daughter asked me one afternoon last year, contorting her lips into what resembled an angry cow. I didn’t even have to look to know to what she was referring. It was my habit of the past five years, biting at my lips, something I had transitioned into in an effort to stop

The Holocaust Is Even More Relevant Today

With all of the horrific images of public shootings, mass murders and terrorist attacks we are exposed to on an almost daily basis, why is there a need to focus on the Holocaust? Isn’t this just another example of man’s inhumanity to man? And if that is so, aren’t there better examples where more people were killed?

Horayot 8

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 Horayot 8. These are some highlights.

Horayot 8: Is there a mitzvah that garners immediate reward in this world?

Reb Heschel from Cracow (Chanukat Hatorah, Yisro) asked a powerful question. Our sages have