Friday, August 23, 2019


Menachem Begin and Sefer Melachim

An Israeli Icon

In a well-deserved honor, Menachem Begin has emerged as an Israeli icon in the past two decades. Especially among observant and traditional Jews, he is regarded as a favorite if not the most beloved and respected of all Israeli leaders past and present. Examining a few of his

Insights Into the Word ‘Nes’

1. The word “nes” appears 21 times in Tanach in various forms. According to the Daat Mikra commentary on Ex. 17:15, in none of these times does it mean “very wondrous sign” or “miracle.” Every time it means something like “flag, pole, sign.” (But admittedly, Rashi and some other commentaries do give it the “very

Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l: Loss, Lessons and Tu B’Av

When it comes to mourning the Beit Hamikdash, at this time of the year our acute recognition of our loss gradually recedes into the rhythm of regular life. Yet as the preparation for the next journey on the Jewish calendar begins, we never truly leave that loss behind. While most of us have already cut our hair, resumed eating meat

A Tribute to My Twin, Adele Bodlander, z”l

Part I

This morning was the first time I had access to my Tehillim list since the petirah of my twin sister Adele last Erev Shabbos. It was so difficult to transition from “Adul Bas Altah Chayah” to “Adul Bat Yehudah Tzvi.” When I

A Tribute to My Friend Ahava Emunah Lange, z”l


“I want to live.” This heartrending plea came from her last video, appealing to all of her friends to help her—financially, spiritually or emotionally. She appreciated all that we had done for her, but sometimes everything isn’t enough. Ahava Emunah Lange was diagnosed with

The Herzogs of Teaneck Realize Dream of Making Aliyah

Rabbi Avram and Leah Herzog made aliyah from Teaneck on July 30. They are currently residing in Jerusalem while waiting for their apartment in Givat Ze’ev to be move-in ready. Leah was a beloved Judaic studies teacher at Ma’ayanot before making aliyah. Avram was a highly regarded and respected rabbi and teacher as well. Their

Ben Blass of Westfield Makes Aliyah as Lone Soldier

Ben Blass made aliyah from Westfield on July 4 as a lone soldier through Garin Tzabar. He spent July in Ra’anana at an Ulpan for future soldiers where he met young people from throughout the world. This week he moves to Kibbutz Erez where he will remain until he is officially drafted into the IDF in December.

NORPAC, State Dept. Respond to Pro-BDS Resolution

In response to a bipartisan House resolution that sought to combat the anti-Semitic BDS movement, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced her own pro-BDS resolution. The resolution has its allies and opponents. Counted among the allies are civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and two New Jersey Representatives,

Oh, for the Good Old Days

A recent Facebook post about the positive experience of banning electronic devices and phones at Camp Morasha this summer, and an article in The New York Times about how some families are hiring coaches to help them raise phone-free children has given me cause to reflect on life before smartphones and tablets.

Hidden Hasidic Tales

Reviewing: “Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism,” David Assaf. The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry. Brandeis University Press. 2011. English. Paperback. 336 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1611681949.

In the seven chapters of this

You Are Not Alone

Reviewing: “Alone Against the World,” by Rabbi Yisroel Roll. Feldheim Publishers 2017. English. Hardcover. 400 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1680250671.

We have all felt lonely at one time or another. It’s human nature. The subtitle of this book, “The Torah antidote to loneliness,” introduces

‘Our Own Backyard’ Should Not Be Taken for Granted

We just returned from the magnificence of being at the ocean. We didn’t drive to Myrtle Beach. We weren’t whale watching in Maine and we were nowhere near Seal Island on the West Coast. Instead, on the spur of the moment we decided to drive to the Deal/Long Branch area to view the magnificence of another one of Hashem’s