Saturday, April 20, 2019


Unleash the Power of Jewish Heritage

(Courtesy of American Sephardi Federation) It all started with the Yemenite Conference. A big dream, from a modest group of people, to discuss the Yemenite Jewish traditions and their shared values with Yemeni Muslim culture.

This big dream came to fruition and exceeded expectations. The

Dentist Dr. Reuven Mohl Creates a Berkovits Haggadah as a Passion Project’

The wisdom of an author can reach into your heart and mind, shaping your views and changing your life. It is not uncommon for people to read all the works of a writer they admire. But Dr. Reuven Mohl went further after becoming dedicated to the teachings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits. Dr. Mohl, who lives in Teaneck with his

This Passover Enjoy ‘The Simply Jewish Haggadah’

There are many wonderful Haggadahs, but now, for the first time, there is a new Haggadah that explains what to do at the seder, how to do it and why we do it! “The Simply Jewish Haggadah,” a beautiful, color Haggadah, is your guide to the Passover seder, and it will help you and your family have a more meaningful seder. But, “The

Finding Old Books a New Home

We are justifiably known as “the people of the book,” as baruch Hashem we love to read, especially to learn Torah. This means we also have a tendency to accumulate books. Lots of them. And unless we intend on maintaining a reference library or starting a lending library, after a while our shelves can become stocked with a

Don’t Look Back

Snowblowers have held an important place in my family since I was a teenager living on Gerdes Avenue in Verona. My father was one of the first on our block to purchase one. I have a copy of a New York Times article titled, “In Jersey, It Was Dig and Dig Again.” It was published on February 14, 1983, and can be found at

The Case for Label-Free Jewry

I grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan until my family moved to Bergenfield, New Jersey, when I was 9. Growing up, I wasn’t familiar with the terms “chareidi,” “yeshivish” or “Modern Orthodox.” During none of that time did I ever hear my parents label themselves as belonging to a specific stream of Jewry. I

NJ Assemblymen Kean and Thomson Praise Passage of ‘Economic Development Day’ Bill

(Courtesy of Offices of Kean and Thomson) Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson lauded the passage of their bill establishing Economic Development Day in New Jersey, which recently passed in the assembly by a vote of 76-0, clearing the way for New Jersey to become the first state in the country to designate this day to promote

In Memory of Chazan Robert Frankel, z”l

Part III

(continued from last week)

When I first read the article by Jonathan Marvin, years after I had moved out of Washington Heights, it brought back vivid memories of not only Chazan Frankel, but also the strictly enforced and coordinated movements of

Folding Money

What would you do if you had $18,000 to burn?

We should all have such problems.

In case you were wondering, yes, that was me in the Oorah catalog this year, posing with a lot of money. And no, I didn’t just submit a picture on my own and say, “I don’t

Sensational Seltzer

If the Jewish People collectively are a nation, then they arguably are a carbonation. This is because many Jews love drinking seltzer, a refreshing refreshment that is no average beverage. The bold and bright bubbles of seltzer tantalize the tongue, razzle the mouth and dazzle the throat, leaving every satisfied customer savoring

Jews Do Not Take Revenge, They Get Stronger: NORPAC Mission to Washington

If you are reading this article you are most likely quite disturbed by the anti-Semtic rantings of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You are probably even more upset at the failure of Congress to properly condemn them and remove them from positions of responsibility. What might be

Stuff Happens

It was the highlight of the inauguration ceremony. Moshe was ruler of Israel. Aaron was in his finest robes as kohen gadol, presenting the sacrifices and blessing the nation. “The people saw this and sang glad songs... (Vayikra 9:24) Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, probably with the best of intentions, entered the holiest