Sunday, October 22, 2017


Sukkos: From Vulnerability to True Security

I have such wonderful memories and warm feelings for the Yom Tov of Sukkos. I remember the solid wood, green-painted Sukkah of my grandparents in Boston. I can vividly picture the Sukkah of my parents in Monsey. And today, I can’t wait to reconnect with my Sukkah here in Passaic. The wind, the cold that blows through

Plenty of Shul to Go Around

As the shofar of Yom Kippur sounded and people immediately checked their watches, annoyed at how long davening was this year, the High Holidays officially came to a close. Even once Neilah ended, you were not done yet, because there was the obligatory round of dancing around the bimah as you thought about what kind of bagel you were having.

Driving Across the Mario

Rumor has it that the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which has been renamed the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, will be soon referred to as the Mario. It sort of makes sense since we guess it saves tongue and voice power. We began to think about where abbreviations are used the most. On this one we have to say Canada is the winner. No one

Preparing Our Children to Respond to the Anti-Israel Propaganda on College Campuses

In response to the ubiquitous demonization and delegitimization of Israel on college campuses, day schools, yeshivot and other Jewish institutions conduct classes and tutorials to teach students how to respond to the lies, disinformation and attempts to apply a double standard to the Jewish state. Quite often these programs are

Financial Aid for the Upper Middle Class

(Courtesy of Noodle Pros, written by Deb Coco) We advise all our students to participate in some form of SAT/ACT test prep.

There is too much at risk to not get some personalized, expert help, and, often, just a bit of time spent with a tutor can make a significant difference in how a student

A Tribute to My Father, Harry First, On the Occasion of His Shloshim

My father passed away on September 2, at the age of 91. I wanted to share his life story.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1925. His mother died when he was 17. Shortly after his mother’s death, he enlisted in the U.S. army. In the summer of 1944, at age 18, he was sent to France and served as a


Chol Hamoed dates: Sunday, October 8-Wednesday, October 11


Chol Hamoed is the sacred time of year when work is meant to be put aside for a few days, and the holidays are meant to be enjoyed to the

Preparation Adequate, Quality Superb

This past August while on vacation in Wyoming experiencing all the wonders of nature, including 57 seconds of totality during the eclipse, we received “the call” that my dear Uncle Eddie had passed away. A few seconds before my cell phone rang, a heavy cloud cover blocked out the sun and a light rain shower grazed our shoulders

Building a Dialogue

Around Pesachtime, I usually offer some kind of advice column. Sukkottime I don’t. But I should. People need advice for Sukkot too. We have men building houses, keeping plants alive and dancing in public, and none of these are our strong suits. So here goes:

Dear Mordechai,

Hebrew Huts

Some things just keep getting bigger, like television sets, stadiums and egos. Other things keep getting smaller, like computers, smartphones and the ozone layer. Without a doubt, however, the one thing that has been growing exponentially over the last thirty years is the size of the average sukkah.

Don Glaser Jazz Trio to Perform in NYC in October

The Don Glaser Jazz Trio will be performing at Jules Bistro on two Sunday evenings, October 8 and October 22, from 7:30 until 10:30. Glaser will be performing with Peter Traunmueller on drums and Nate Brown on bass.

Their style has been compared to the Nat King Cole Trio.

Learning About Glass in the Mountains

(Part 2 of 2)

We returned to the shop about 5:00, and I told Sol that I had to speak to him. When everyone left, I went into the office and asked him if he had ever done a storefront job like this one. He said this was his first one. I then told him what I thought... and he agreed with me and