Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Dreaming of a Better Immigration Policy

Part of my practice is devoted to immigration law. I represent a vulnerable population, many without status, many of whom are considered “Dreamers.” So I have a perspective on the issue that is different from the rhetoric being played out for partisan points.

First, to understand the

Summer Shaming: Why (It Seems Like) You’re Having More Fun Than Me

Summer can engender false perceptions of fun. Although I don’t use social media, many friends confide that they always feel inferior after checking other friends’ WhatsApp, Snapchat or Instagram status pictures because their fun seems “funner.”

Perhaps someone posts a photo of herself in

UnGarbled-Tech Asks: Is Cyber Insurance Necessary?

Working in I.T. and in business, nothing surprises me in terms of people’s skills and specialties. However, there is something to be said when you meet someone in a line of business that is unique. Even more so, it’s interesting when you meet this person casually outside of the business arena.

My Stories

Part 33 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

Lest the reader think that I have related only that which was rosy and good in my life, and left untold the disappointments, which are always part of life, let me continue “My Stories” with a tale of a

Di Froyn in Yiddish Brings Authenticity to the Stage

Playwrights are advised that to keep an audience engaged from the first scene until the last, the basic plotline needs the equivalent of a famished bear on the outside of a cottage, inside of which human characters are trapped. In Di Froyn (The Women) the bear is the mother who is threatening to show up at her daughter’s

Junior Jews

Most children who have attended synagogue have experienced the highs and lows of Junior Congregation. In theory, Junior Congregation is supposed to be a kid-friendly version of the adult service, but run almost entirely by kids for kids. In reality, Junior Congregation is so much more. It’s where children learn how to find a good

Project S.A.R.A.H. Preps Day Camps for a Safe Summer

In the course of five days, at marathon pace, Project S.A.R.A.H’s Camp Safety Program presented their expanded program to over 700 counselors at nine community day camps including Camp 613, Camp Kef, Summer Playland, Union Y, Camp Regesh, Camp Acheinu, Moshava Ba’ir, Passaic Clifton Playgroup and Camp Kesser Malka. According to

The Journalism Community Suffers a Loss

I did not personally know the journalists killed in Maryland last week. But I felt that I knew them well.

They were working in their Capital Gazette newsroom in a building located just outside of Annapolis, the Maryland state capital and were targeted by a man with a 12-gauge shotgun. The

Zevachim 77

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 Zevachim 77. These are some highlights.

What should we do when we have mixed up the cup of sheva brachot and the cup of

Sephardim Say Aneinu at Shacharit and Even Arvit? Really?

Part II

Last week we explored the three opinions as to when to say Aneinu on a fast day. Ashkenazim, led by Rashi and the Rama, say it exclusively at Mincha, while Maran Rav Yosef Karo rules that it should be said at Arvit even when it is permitted to eat that night. The Ba’al HaMa’or

A Letter From Maimonides to the Rabbis of Lunel

I decided to continue with the Maimonides’ letters topic for another week. This time I will write about my third-favorite letter of Maimonides, a letter to the rabbis of Lunel (a city in southern France). This letter was composed in the year 1200, four years before Maimonides passed away. Maimonides had been living in Egypt since

Key to Growth

A few years ago, shortly before Pesach vacation, a conscientious student who takes his spiritual growth seriously asked to speak with me in my office. The student said that with only a few days left before vacation he was finding that it was becoming increasingly more difficult to concentrate on learning. As is wont to happen in