Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The Challenges of Prophecy

Parshat Pinchas

This Shabbat we inaugurate the three-week mourning period that precedes Tisha B’Av with the reading of the first perek in Sefer Yirmiyahu, in which the navi is charged with his mission. The Divine mission, as described in the haftarah, was to “uproot and smash, to destroy and

What Did They Know? When Did They Know? How Did They Interpret the Information?

Part II

Initial Reaction of American Jews to the Beginning of the War in Europe

American Jewish leaders were not surprised that the war would produce immense suffering for their European brethren. The initial reports deeply concerned them about the

Mourning, So We Merit the Morning

(Courtesy of Kollel Chatzos) There’s something about the power of this famous chazal that’s both comforting and compelling.

“Kol hamisabel al Yerushalayim, zoche v’roeh b’simchasa…”

Whoever mourns properly for Yerushalayim will be zoche and

Nevut Gives Lone Soldiers an American Home

There are plenty of resources and organizations that help lone soldiers, Americans who volunteer to serve in the IDF without having any immediate family in Israel, with their transition from America to Israel. But what is available to help them when they come back? While lots of lone soldiers stay in Israel after their

Feeling Proud of Where We Live

As is the case with most things in life we frequently take so much for granted. How many of us drive down a street and think about why the street looks so clean and how it got that way?

Our son is presently driving through Iowa and he has expressed amazement at the wide open spaces surrounding

Standing Room Only at Ice Cream on Grand

As summer heats up, kids and adults head to Ice Cream on Grand for a cool treat.

My Stories

Part 32 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

Yes, I have had complaints, but mostly they concern a lack of sufficient work for me. And I will continue to complain about that. And yes, I have annoyed others and no doubt upset them when I ask too many

Confessions of a Professional Organizer

I have been truly blessed with a career that I love and working with clients that I enjoy. I cherish the time that I spend in your homes while we work through the de-cluttering and organizing process to make your life simpler.

The past few months have been extra busy for me, and I have not been

Filmmaker Sarah Kamaras Retells the Holocaust to a New Generation

Reviewing: “The Podkamieners,” five short films, created by Sarah Kamaras, available at no cost at http://thepodkamieners.com/, 2018.

According to Time magazine, there are 100,000 Holocaust survivors alive today. The Jerusalem

E Visas Treaty Would Aid Both Israel and US

Despite some recent changes to the U.S. employment-based immigration system, there have been some visa categories that the administration has yet to address.

One such category is the E visa. Although the United States has E-2 visa agreements with more than 70 countries, including Azerbaijan,

Damon Feldman: ‘16-Minute Man’ Helps Celebrities Regain Spotlight; Helps Jewish Community, Too

Boxer and boxing promoter Damon Feldman doesn’t have much use for American artist Andy Warhol’s prediction that, in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. Feldman considers himself a “16-Minute Man,” not only because he gave himself some extra minutes of fame, but because he gives it to others as

Mikeitz Sheva Shanim: Reflections on Seven Years of Serving as a Yoetzet Halacha in Teaneck

(Courtesy of the Teaneck Yoetzet Initiative) As I declutter my home and pack for aliyah this summer, my physical preparations are balanced by a fair amount of reminiscing and reflecting on the past seven years. Seven years, over 100 local presentations, more than 6,000 halachic consultations, and the privilege of helping more than