Friday, September 21, 2018


Six Years

It’s been six years since we took that crazy jump into the abyss.

Six years since we bought a family pass for six to the Fun House. You remember the one, with the crazy distorted mirrors that stretch you and pull you in every which direction. Where you still see a small resemblance of

Living the Dream

Editor's note: The Adler family made aliyah on the August 14 Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. Lauren has been posting to Facebook regularly about their experiences as new olim. The following is reprinted with her permission.

Two weeks in...and we are doing this. Each day brings new

My Stories

Part 41 (written 2014)

(Continued from previous week)

For this second Friday in Frankfurt we had learned from the restaurant what others had done in the past regarding food. Therefore, instead of having the food delivered to the hotel, we and the

Crazy Laws

As Yidden, we sure have a lot of people who look at us and say things like, “You’re praying again? You just ate!” or, “You’re doing what with a chicken?... Well, does the chicken have to say the prayer too?”

But it’s really unfair. Because if you look around, every country has laws

So Sorry

During the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which are part of the Yamim Noraim, Jews are supposed to apologize to and seek forgiveness from their family, friends, neighbors and anyone else they have wronged during the year. Even from those they do not necessarily regret wronging because, despite any justification or

Daf Yomi Highlights

May these words of Torah be a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.


Menachot 17

When can a scholar claim a Torah thought?

The Meaning of Ashrei Ha-Am Yodei Teruah

Right after the shofar is blown we recite a set of verses. The first of these is “Ashrei ha-am yodei teruah…” from Psalms 89:16. Based on the time of the recital, we get the impression that the first four words mean: “Happy is the nation that knows how to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.”


Forty Days of Selichot

It is one of the most well-known differences between Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazic Jews. The Sephardic minhag, on one hand, is to recite Selichot beginning the day after Rosh Chodesh Elul. The minhag Ashkenaz, on the other hand, is to start saying Selichot from the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah unless Rosh Hashanah falls out on

Rise and Shine: Parshat Ki Tavo

Throughout these studies of the weekly haftarot it has become clearer and clearer to me how often the preceding vision of the navi clarifies our understanding of the prophecy that is read for the haftarah. This is certainly true of this Shabbat’s selection, taken from the 60th perek of Yeshayahu, which becomes more understandable

The Best I Can

Sometimes it’s the simplest events that leave the greatest impressions. Several summers ago, a camper crossed the line and needed to be disciplined. I was the camper’s division head, but I felt the situation warranted the intervention of someone higher than me in the hierarchy of camp’s administration. I brought the camper to

‘HaNeshama Lach’: Nusach, The Soul of Davening

Three times a day we open up our siddurim and our hearts to the Ribono Shel Olam. Yet no matter how large a part tefillah plays in our everyday lives, it doubtlessly remains the centerpiece of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. By this nature, it is imperative for chazanim and baalei tefillah to understand the intricate nuances of their

Merging Jewish Organizations

Part VII

When asked if each organization would consider merging into one single body for any activity, everyone explained their reason for joining the Council. The Jewish Labor Committee because “this was a new experiment of cooperating with non-labor groups in a united council.”