Tuesday, October 15, 2019


My Story of Care in the Heart of Jerusalem

While visiting Israel this past June, I experienced sudden cardiac arrest.

Fortunately for me, I was with someone who knew CPR and they immediately called for a defibrillator and an ambulance. Although I was closer to another medical center at the time, the decision was made to take me to Shaare Zedek Medical Center because of their superb heart

Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting Memory

I travel for my work; I travel often—my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C. and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

November marked the 75th anniversary of the Third Reich’s pogroms of 1938, still

Building the Third Temple: Making it Real

Jerusalem—As the Jewish calendar passes Chanukah and continues into the month of Tevet, an unusual transformation unfolds. Less than two weeks ago, Jews worldwide were celebrating a holiday of victory and unity, of rebuilding and returning. Yet on the tenth day of Tevet, these same individuals are in mourning.

Over two millennia ago,

Charter of Whose Rights?

It is hard to believe that in the short period of time since we moved to New Jersey from Montreal so much has changed in Quebec. The distance in driving is about six hours—it is a one hour flight, but the distance in democracy and freedom is becoming more and more mind boggling each day.

The current government in power in the Province of Quebec recently

Israel’s Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in Jerusalem

Jerusalem—This year I was fortunate to make a second pilgrimage to Israel in order to celebrate the annual Sigd holiday of Ethiopian Jewry and to study with several qessotch, the priests who are its traditional spiritual leaders.

The Sigd, which took place on October 31, commemorates and is based on the renewal of the covenant between God


What I love about my column is the ability to pick a topic and then totally decide to write about a different topic. Don’t worry, my column entitled, “The Bear Went Over the Mountain with Pedro Alvarez” will appear in my next column. But for this one, I wanted to talk about friends. We all have them. Some have more than others. Some like the friends they have and

Class Space

If you’re looking for a career that involves a lot of travel, a decent amount of job security, and you don’t want to have to wear a tie, I would definitely suggest getting a job as an astronaut.  And there’s no better time.  NASA has just announced that it would start accepting applications for its next class of astronauts sometime in November.


A Rabbi’s Musings and Amusings

There is an ongoing raging debate whether our contemporary educational system is adequately preparing our children for life. Many of the skills necessary for success in school are simply not so important in life, and vice-versa.

The question is how should we best use our children’s formative years to give them practical tools and knowledge that they will be

Self-Worth? Priceless: The Jewish Perspective on a Healthy Self-Image

There’s a little game I’ve been playing with my children since they were old enough to speak. It’s a way to build up their self-esteem while simultaneously teaching them where we derive self-worth from in Judaism.

This is how it goes:

Me: Who made you so smart?

My kid: Hashem (which literally means the name, but is how observant Jews

Hot Chanukah Meals On Wheels For Seniors

Rockleigh—The Jewish Home Family is pleased to announce a program to help celebrate Chanukah by delivering free, hot kosher meals to the homes of seniors and the infirm in Bergen County on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. This will enable recipients to enjoy an effortless and joyous holiday. The program is designed to satisfy the mission of the Jewish Home

Building a Yiddish Bridge to Japan: The Mloteks’ Music is the Key

Paradise Valley—Zalmen Mlotek sends an email. “Ich fur oif Yapan.” (“I’m going to Japan!”)

The day after he got back, there was another email. “Call me at my mom’s.” There was something to tell.

Zalmen and his brother Mark, and their children, all have a passion for Yiddish and Yiddish culture, especially music and

Simcha? Why Don’t I Feel Happy?

Last edition of The Link focused on “simchas”. The terms implies happiness and, while weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and birthdays are all wonderful occasions, simchas are typically accompanied by a healthy dose of anxiety. All parents feel a certain level of stress surrounding various needs of their children during simchas.  For parents of children with special