Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Camp Kef Holds Fun Carnival

Camp Kef enjoyed an amazing carnival, hosted by their very own Ma’alot campers!

Week Two for Al Haderech Girls Is Awesome

Week two was full of fun trips and activities. Campers went to Billy Beez, toured the city on The Ride, had a paint party with Nikki from PAINT WITH ME!, went on a hike at Paterson Falls, Funplex and Monster Mini Golf. Back at camp, they made tie-dyed shirts, had a fun Cotton Candy workshop and a huge game of

Union Y Camp Has Amazing Summer

Both beginning and ending on a positive note, the eight weeks of summer camp flew by too quickly. Home to over 225 Chaverim campers in three divisions, the kids enjoyed an action-packed summer including swimming, pony rides, Master Chef competitions and color war!

Camp 2020 registration

The 7 Steps to Take Before Buying a Company Car

Did you know that it’s possible to get a car loan under your business name? There are many reasons you might consider getting a company car: you can save from own vehicle from wear and tear; impress clients; advertise on the go; enjoy tax breaks... the list goes on.

Before you pull the trigger, though, there are certain steps you should take

Neil Klatsken Day Camp at JCC On the Palisades Loves Sumner

Eicha: The Password of Jewish History

The prophet Yirmiyahu was tasked with an impossible mission: to decry the fallen religious state of the Jewish nation and to predict its downfall. His unpopular message ultimately lands him in jail fearing for his life; no one likes a whistle-blower. It took great personal courage to oppose the bands of false prophets who reassured

Modern Orthodoxy’s Relationship With the Charedi and Open Orthodox Communities

Last week I authored a blog post where I suggested parameters for preventing a schism within Orthodoxy in general, and between the Modern Orthodox and Open Orthodox communities in particular. I received much feedback from this post, and one central question that intrigued me was why I, and for that matter other Modern Orthodox

The Fire of Notre Dame, The Eternal Fire of Torah: A Tisha B’Av Recollection

When fire ravaged Paris’ Notre Dame on April 15, destroying its spire and very nearly the entire cathedral, many associated the events with the Tisha B’Av kina “Sha’ali Serufah ba-Eish,” which laments the June 1242 burning of 24 cartloads of sefarim within walking distance of the church. That traumatic event—recall that

Sefer Yeshayahu and the Haftarah for Shabbat Chazon


Most of us perceive the books of Yeshayahu and Yirmiyahu as essentially teaching the following message: You are terrible, so repent, or you will be destroyed. As we examine the choice of Yeshayahu as the prophet we read on Shabbat Chazon, the Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av, we

Tisha B’Av: Enhancing Torah and Avodah Through Chesed

Last year, a phenomenal organization called Chesed 24/7 asked my wife to help them. In most major hospitals in the New York City area, it provides rooms fully stocked with delicious kosher food for patients, their families and visitors. (Indeed, they helped my family so much when my mother-in-law, Rebbetzin Singer, a”h, was in

‘Eicha’ and ‘Chazon’

Parshat Devarim

Shabbat Chazon

“Chazon,” the word that opens our haftarah and, therefore, the entire Sefer Yishayahu, is one of 10 synonymous terms for “prophecy.” But, as Rashi points out, it is the most harsh of the terms, a word that introduces

Mourning and Redemption

I have written in the past about an idea expressed by my first cousin, Rabbi Yakov Nagen (Genack), that the weekly portion has direct relevance to the time in which it falls and to our personal lives. I personally felt this when my father-in-law was in from Israel on Parshat Yitro, and he offered many opinions to advance my