Sunday, October 22, 2017


Rabbi’s Musings and Amusings

A number of years ago before we moved into our current home, we were looking at homes that were for sale. Hanging in the bedroom of one the homes was a poem entitled “Tell Her So.” It read:

Amid the cares of married life,

In spite of toil and business

Yitzhak: My Grandfather, a Hero

My grandfather Yitzhak, my mother’s father, saved our entire family during the First World War as German and Russian artillery shells flew over the shtetl of Rubashov in Poland.

The expression on my mother’s face said it all as she described it to me, saying, “It was like the sound of

For Seymour Adelman, Daughters of Miriam Completes Life’s Cycle

Clifton–Life can often take us to new and unfamiliar places. It can also bring us full circle to places we know and love. For Seymour Adelman, 89, and his wife Rhoda of Bloomfield, deciding to move to Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute, a long-term and subacute care facility in Clifton, was closing a circle

Is Scotch Still King of Whisky?

Visiting Professor in Malting, Brewing and Distilling at Katholiek Universiteit of Leuven

It’s been a disappointing couple of weeks for the Scotch whisky industry. Diageo reported that it is delaying plans on a ?1bn new-build distillery just north of Inverness following a slow-down in the

The Name


The man carefully steered his car into the designated parking space. It was a bright, sunny day in early July and he had just finished playing a tiring softball double-header with his over-the-hill gang of friends–average age 40. Leaving the car, he walked towards the two-story apartment building he

A Special Shabbos in Chevron

This past Shabbat I had the privilege of spending Shabbat in Chevron for Parashat Chayei Sarah. On Shabbat Chayei Sarah we read about Avraham, our patriarch, purchasing a burial site for Sarah. The burial site, the Mearat Hamahpela, becomes the eventual resting place for Avraham, Yitzchak, Yakov, Rivka and Leah.

Yahrzeit Reflections

Just last week someone asked me if my personality was more like that of my mother or my father. My first thought was that I was certainly more like my mom, the woman who understood the importance of family above all else and from whom I definitely inherited my helicopter parenting and extreme worrying genes. However, upon further

Who Really Owns YOUR Credit Card Miles & Points Continued…

Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat hailing from Florida’s 9th congressional district, has contacted the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation to launch an investigation into the airlines practice of constantly changing the value of mileage programs and making free tickets tougher to come by and award seats

Where Have All the Manners Gone

There’s a lot to be said for those famous southern manners and warm hospitality, which I experienced recently during a vacation and family bar mitzvah in Savannah, Georgia. It was culture shock coming from the gray, crowded, and endless lines of JFK Airport to the easy pace and sunny serenity of the Savannah Airport where our luggage was

Jerusalem Tale: A Modern, Mystical Moment

I had landed in Tel Aviv or, more precisely, Ben-Gurion airport, early Friday morning. The late winter clouds only thickened as my driver drove me up Highway One, past Sha’ar Hagay and the mountainous approaches to Jerusalem. The road was familiar, yet it always seemed somehow fresh no matter the familiarity. I was in Israel to

Blessed Are the Wastrels, for Their Surplus Could Save the Earth

James Martin Research Fellow at University of Oxford

In a world where too many go to bed hungry, it comes as a shock to realize that more than half the world’s food production is left to rot, lost in transit, thrown out, or otherwise wasted. This loss is a humanitarian disaster. It’s a moral tragedy.

They Serve Israel, FIDF Serves Them: Chayalim Talk War and Survival

Teaneck–She’s a Paramedic and a lone soldier. “The second time we went in (to Gaza) we were under direct attack; it was quite scary.” Her name is Elle and her rank is staff sergeant with the Combat Engineering Battalion. Born and raised in Australia, Elle has been in Israel for the last three years without parents,