Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Cloned Pigs Aren’t Kosher

I. Kosher Pig

The news recently carried a report that Rav Yuval Cherlow said that cloned pigs are kosher. This is clearly wrong. A cloned pig is implanted as an embryo into a female pig and born naturally. There is no reason it should not be treated halachically like other pigs, indeed like its

It’s Not Your Grandparents’ ZOA. Or, Is It?

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) traces its roots directly to the First Zionist Congress held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897. For 120 years, the ZOA has been fighting for Israel and for the Jewish people and boasts a rich history under the prominent leadership of luminaries such as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis,

Empathy for All Is a Jewish Value

This past week at our seder, we carefully “poured out” 16 drops of wine from our full cups. At the recitation of the 10 plagues, and then for the different acronyms for these plagues, we poured wine from our goblet of redemption. Why? The seder is a microcosm of Judaism’s core values. With the Socratic nature of the Haggadah,

Former Refugee Tells of Escaping Iran and Finding Freedom in America

The night grew pitch black as 20-year-old Taraneh Reyhanian, her brother Daryoush and her fellow runaways made their slow march through the desert towards Pakistan––towards freedom. But they hadn’t traveled long before they heard the shouts of Iranian soldiers telling them to stop in their tracks.

You Can Do This

My business was up and running, the phone was ringing with people in need of my services and I was booking future appointments. All good stuff—I was on my way to growing my organizing business. Within my first month, I realized that the job was much more physical than I had expected, and I was using muscles that had never been

My Stories

Part 22 (written 2004)

(Continued from last week)

A further responsibility, which I inherited from my predecessor, Mr. Fischmann, aside from the running of the traffic department in New York, was the supervision and management of the

Get Out

Pesach is over, and it’s time to start getting your kids back out to school. Or they can get themselves out. They should know how by now; they’ve been going to school all year. To learn things.

My wife and I keep trying to train the kids to get ready by themselves, because it’s a good life

Silly Seder

Passover is over but, before we proceed with the rest of the year, a moment of reflection is in order. Speaking of order, the word “Seder” literally means “order” but a Seder sometimes can devolve into disorder, especially when it comes to figuring out whose turn it is to read. Did this happen at your Seders this year? For

Love in Aluminum Foil

The other week I found myself crying over the simple act of making a sandwich.

Omelette, cream cheese and tomato; normal enough.

And yet there I was in my PJs, sun streaming through the kitchen window early Sunday morning and I was just barely

Seventy for 70: Organizations Partner to Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday

(Courtesy of RZA and Mizrachi USA) This year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (observed on April 19) marks the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. In anticipation and celebration of this milestone, the Religious Zionists of America (RZA) and World Mizrachi (WM) have facilitated the presentation of over 70 acclaimed speakers from

Touro’s Lander College for Men Hosts Model Beis Din Competition

(Courtesy of Touro College) In 1977, a Jewish couple from Lakewood, New Jersey learned that their pregnancy would lead to conjoined twin girls sharing a single heart. It would be impossible for both babies to survive. Surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recommended separating the twins to allow the

Avoda Zara 66

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel Ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

This week we learned Avoda Zara 66. These are some highlights.

Avoda Zara 66: Is it advisable to avoid relying on bitul?