Saturday, November 23, 2019


A Stiff-Necked People

This week’s column is about stiff necks. Nothing to do with the fact that many of us slept in the sukkah last week.

Stiff necks are a real pain in the neck. (Ouch.) And they always strike without warning. They just sneak up behind you—often while you’re sleeping—and before you can turn

What Happens If You Soak A Tutu in the Dead Sea?

Called the “Salt Sea” in Hebrew, and not really a sea at all but a lake, the Dead Sea is the lowest continental surface on Earth. People visit it for its healing powers and companies use its water for makeup and cleaning products.

But Israeli artist Sigalit Landau has been

How Technology is Affecting the Insurance Industry

There’s no doubt about it: technology has completely transformed every facet of life. We live and breathe this in our everyday experience. Whether we’re tracking bus stops in live time, purchasing train tickets through an app, ordering online through the command of our voice assistant, or watching the stock market drop

 Used Car Buying Tips for Your Teen Driver

Remember those nights when your little one kept you up every hour with their non-stop crying? You begged, pleaded, and bargained for even a single minute of sleep. Well, those endless nights are over, and your little one is all grown up and becoming more independent. Now, all you wish is for them to be that cute and

Heavenly Winks: When Hashem Carried Us Through

Editor’s note: The following has been adapted from a speech Bin Goldman gave at his son Shimon’s seudat hoda’ah (meal of thanksgiving), last week.

During the last days of his terminal cancer, Rav Aaron Kotler’s wife tried to comfort him, saying “Es vet zein

Sukkot Silliness

The holiday of Sukkot has at least two names. The first, Sukkot, is typically translated as Festival of Tabernacles, a reference to the little structures we build. In this regard, other appropriate names might include the Holiday of Huts, the Festival of Phone-booths or the Tent Revival.


‘Ani Ve-Ho’: What Is the Meaning of This Cryptic Phrase?

As part of the Sukkot hoshanot we recite the request “Ani Ve-Ho Hoshiah Nah.” This phrase originates in a statement by R. Judah at Mishnah Sukkah 4:5. But what is the meaning of the word Ve-Ho (vav, hei, vav) and the entire cryptic phrase?

Rashi (Sukkah 45a) suggests that Ani and Ve-Ho (vav,

Six Differences Between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews Regarding the Na’anu’im

Are there situations when Ashkenazic Jews follow the ruling of Rav Yosef Karo as recorded in the Shulchan Aruch and Sephardic Jews do not? The answer is yes, in a few instances, na’anu’im being one of them. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 651:9) rules that the na’anu’im begin in front and then wind around the right and

Plantar Fasciitis and The Sukkah That Wasn’t Meant to Be Built

So you wake up and are about to get out of bed. You’re thinking of the million Sukkot preparations you have to do today. Ready to spend a few hours standing on you feet while putting the sukkah together. But wait…as you step out of bed, you feel a shooting pain in your heel and you realize you will not be putting this sukkah up

One Shoe Off, One Shoe On

Simchat Torah

Chazal’s selection of the first chapter in Sefer Yehoshua as the haftarah for Simchat Torah is certainly understandable, as it flows quite naturally from the final verses of the Torah that are read on this chag. Additionally, one can sense how the memory of Moshe, who had

Curious, Compassionate and Connected School Community

“What a phenomenon!” exclaims Binyamin, an eager sixth grade math student, connecting his new language of science to math. Truly, his words reverberate as RPRY begins a new year of excellence. Real-world phenomena frame not only the next generation science standards but fundamentally reset the approach to all learning.

A Gentle Knock on the Door

Anyone who has visited our home in the past year is aware of the sign next to our doorbell which indicates that it is not working. Please knock, it says.

On Sunday, as we were doing chores around the house, there was a gentle knock on our door. With a big smile on his face stood Isaiah, our