Saturday, October 21, 2017


The Life of Herzl Melcer AKA Lt. Iwan Siemienowicz Pidlowskij

(Continued from last week)

Part 4

In June of 2013 I contacted a Boris Feldblyum who lived in Potomac, Maryland. I have no recollection from where I received his name and address, but as it turned out this contact would be of the greatest importance and

PEYD360° Adds Financial Services to Its Suite of Offerings

(Courtesy of Get PEYD) In today’s marketplace, the ability to change and grow is a key component of success. Whether it’s being on top of the latest social trends or zeroing in on your clients’ needs before they know it, evolving is essential. Yet, transformation needs to be built on top of a good reputation and a strong

Join the Mesorah Family for Summer 2018—Create Your Summer Here!

(Courtesy of Camp Mesorah) “How many days ’til camp starts? I can’t wait to see all my Mesorah friends over Sukkot!” Similar conversations are being heard all over Bergen County this fall.

What makes Mesorah so special? Could it be the amazing sports leagues happening every day

Should Couples Share Their Finances With Their Parents?

I’m 24 years old and engaged. Everything is, so far, so good. But there is one problem that is really irking me and I figured I’d see whether I’m overreacting or whether this is something worth fighting for. I grew up in a home with a lot of children and very little money. From an early age, I did whatever I could to earn

Heartfelt Tefillos by Gedolim at Kosel Hamaaravi Is Climax of International Yom Limud and Tefillah

The gaon and tzadik Rav Shimon Galei, shlita, stood in front of the Kosel leading thousands in the public recitation of Tehillim. In a voice full of supplication, begging Hashem for rachamim, he burst into tears. Who wasn’t gripped by emotion and tears as they joined with Rav Galei in tefillah on the Chofetz Chaim’s

New Sukkot Children’s Books Burst With Color and Energy

Reviewing “Sukkot Is Coming!” by Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli. Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. Hardcover, 12 pages, 2017. ISBN 978-1-5124-0828-7.

Reviewing “The Best Sukkot Pumpkin Ever” by Laya Steinberg,

The Unanticipated Boomerang: Al Tashlich Moreinu L’eit Zikna

During the 16 years I lived in Florida, I saw 80-year-olds who played tennis weekly, an 85-year-old who actively owned three Walgreens, and an 88-year-old who supervised the construction of an 80,000-square-foot school building on a daily basis. Due to great strides in medicine, life expectancy has increased to over 80 years old in

The Jewish Community and Drug Addiction: Al Cheit for Not Listening, Not Learning and Not Acting

This week, our community joined too many others who have confronted the impossible task of saying goodbye to a young person stolen from this world, robbed from us by the dreaded illness of addiction. In her 23 years on earth, Miriam made an indelible impression on so many who already miss her terribly. While we were coronating God,

Sanhedrin 71

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 Sanhedrin 71. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 71: Why do we say

The Sounds of Rosh Hashanah

I sat in shul this Yom Tov focused on my davening. My seat was against a wall, where I prefer to sit, so as not to be distracted by the comings and goings of others. I had my eyes closed, and then suddenly I heard a wail. To be clear, this was not an ordinary sound. And no, I am not talking about the shofar. I am talking about the

The Controversial Sephardic Piyut for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, ‘Hashem Shamati Shim’acha Yareiti’

A young rabbi called before Rosh Hashanah with an inquiry regarding the Sephardic piyut for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, “Hashem Shamati Shim’acha Yareiti.” It is a stirring poem that is included in the many Sephardic machzorim after the silent Amida, to be recited immediately before the chazan begins the chazara. The

Yom Kippur: The Opportunity of Neilah

This Shabbos there will be no Kiddush, no challah and no cholent. For many, there will be no Shabbos nap either. This Shabbos is Yom Kippur. And because it’s Shabbos, we will also be omitting a tefillah that is normally a hallmark of our Yom Kippur davening: Avinu Malkeinu, our Father, our King, since we do not make personal