Monday, June 17, 2019


The Taster, or Letters From a Kiddush

I don’t want you to consider me an old fussbudget, but I’ve really got to get something off my chest. I know most of us don’t welcome change, especially as it pertains to time-worn customs. Yet there is one ritual that needs reforming in my opinion as soon as possible. I refer to the practice of the communal Kiddush after

CIJE Innovation Day Celebrates Student Innovations

(Courtesy of CIJE) The Seventh Annual CIJE Innovation Day took place on May 19 at the historical Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey. This event was the culmination of a year of diligence and perseverance on the part of close to 1,500 young innovators and visionaries, representing 44 schools from

International Movement for Jewish Women Turns 10

(Courtesy of Momentum) Momentum, previously known as the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, announced its new name and its renewed vision at its 10th Anniversary Momentum Event in Israel recently. Event speakers included Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, and best-selling author and journalist Lihi Lapid and Israeli

NJ Yachad Holds First-Ever Lag BaOmer Celebration

Last Thursday night, New Jersey Yachad hosted its first-ever Lag BaOmer celebration. Yachad families and friends were invited for a barbecue, DJ dance party and bonfire in the parking lot of the NJ Yachad Regional Center. After dinner, the attendees crowded around a bonfire to roast marshmallows and get ready to

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Expects Record Participation for ‘Ride to Fight Hunger’

(Courtesy of JFCS) The annual JFCS Meals-for-Wheels Ride to Fight Hunger was founded by David Feuerstein in 2011 (then 15 years old) to help raise money for the Food Assistance programs at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey. Since 2011, the ride has raised over $900,000 to help people facing food scarcity in

When Moshiach Comes

Part 2

(Continued from previous week)

The problem with the beef industry is grazing land. Israel is a small country and there is not enough rain and pasture. With an increasing population, eventually this problem needs to be solved, or more frozen meat

Sleep on It

I recently read an article called, “What Your Sleeping Position Says about You.” Apparently, some researchers in England conducted a sleep study, and they got a lot of volunteers, because they were basically offering to pay people to sleep.

Now at this point you’re probably wondering,

Superb Tsimmes

In the Jewish world, there are at least two ways to make a tsimmes.

The first way to make a tsimmes is from a culinary perspective and involves the creation of a delicious dish dominated by carrots and dried fruit. It is a wonderful concoction that some describe as a sweet stew and it is often

Lashon Hara ‘Doesn’t Speak to Me!’

A new initiative has just started in America, starting with 1,000 cool and colorful bracelets distributed at Yeshivat He’Atid in Teaneck. Pninit Boev and Naomi Harimi are volunteers who are heading up “Lashon Hara Doesn’t Speak to Me.” This project has a powerful message and is geared toward all Jewish

In This World and the Next

Parshat Bechukotai

This week’s parsha lists rewards in this world for keeping mitzvot. Peace, prosperity and other gifts are mentioned. However, nothing is mentioned about Olam Haba! How can that be? Why would Hashem ever have us sacrifice eternal reward for money and peace in this

The New York Times Has No Place in Our Homes

On Wednesday morning, May 1, a couple of hours after returning home from a glorious Passover in Israel, my wife and I called The New York Times and explained to a very respectful representative why we wanted to end 60 years of on-and-off home delivery of the paper.

We told him that the cartoon

Explaining the Tel Dan Stele to an Orthodox Museum Docent

The Religious Significance of the Tel Dan Stele

It was an exciting part of our family’s Israel trip for Binyamin’s bar mitzvah in 2012. A relative who serves as a docent at Jerusalem’s venerated Israel Museum generously offered our family a guided tour of the Biblical- and Talmudic-era