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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Features

How’s Our Hearing?

Parshat Vayeishev

Sefer Amos, the third of the “minor” prophetic books that comprise Trei Asar, opens with a scathing criticism of those kingdoms that surround Israel, the Northern Kingdom, and goes on to focus on his real “target,” the Israelite kingdom. And that reproach is the

A Game Changer in Chinuch and Private Tutoring

(Courtesy of Naaleh Torah Tutors) Naaleh Torah Tutors is the biggest game-changer in Jewish education today! Until now, when a child needed help in limudei kodesh subjects, their parents had to hire a private tutor to help them overcome their challenges. The cost of a private teacher can be prohibitive, as the average tutor charges

Family Alerts for Emergencies

I have been blessed to be working in ed tech for the past 20 years. One insight I can share with all of my readers is that some parents may never know what it’s like to be a teacher or a principal. Working at an office, just like any other professional workplace, has challenges and obstacles; but schools, which deal with a

The Sports Guys Come to Friendship Circle

One summer in Camp Nesher, two guys who both lived in Teaneck, but had not yet crossed paths, met and struck up a friendship. They had a lot in common, including their mutual love for all things sports, and eventually an idea was born. Seth Silverman, a senior at Frisch, and Jacob Lerer, a senior at TABC, were both heavily involved in many athletic activities,

My Stories

Part 52

(Continued from previous week)

My Holocaust Story

At the beginning of “My Stories,” I mentioned that it was my grandson Ari who in 2004 induced me to put my Holocaust experience in

Black Box Studios Presents ‘Junie B. Jones, the Musical’

This production of “Junie B. Jones, The Musical,” presented in special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), offers a heartwarming adaptation of the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. It’s the first day of first grade, and a lot is happening: Junie B.’s very best friends have found new pals to hang out

Smart Appliances

Sometimes I wonder if our appliances are having conversations about us when we’re not listening. It certainly seems that way.

It’s probably group therapy sessions:

CROCK POT: “Okay, let’s start. Anyone have any issues they want to air out?”

Memorable Members

Joining a synagogue is easy but finding your niche within a new synagogue is not. The complexity of the challenge can vary depending on the size of the shul and makeup of its members. At smaller shuls, congregants often welcome newcomers like island castaways welcome the coast guard. The excitement of new blood is palpable but sometimes initial conversations

Teaneck’s Shpielmans ‘Baby Shark’ Chanukah Video Tops 25,000 Views

The Shpielmans, the uniquely detailed and soulfully crafted Jewish figurine set, have made history… again. The Jewish Link reported two weeks ago that The Shpielmans were featured in a video version of the popular “Baby Shark” song, called “The Shpielmans Baby Shark Chanukah Video.”

Teaneck's Shpielmans ‘Baby Shark’ Chanukah Video Tops 25,000 Views

The Shpielmans, the uniquely detailed and soulfully crafted Jewish figurine set, have made history...again. The Jewish Link reported two weeks ago that The Shpielmans were featured in a video version of the popular ‘Baby Shark’ song, called “The Shpielmans Baby Shark Chanukah Video.”

Just over three weeks since its release, the video has gone viral!

Personal Reflections on a Memorable Shabbat in Athens

Though much ink has been spilled over the now infamous “Shabbat Flight” LY002, JFK-ATH-TLV (see our newsbrief on page 4), I feel it is vital to counter the cynical but predictable spin that is currently being spewed by most media outlets. News reports have emerged, painting religious passengers as being unruly, outraged and

The Great Sephardic Yichud Controversy

Many of the greatest Sephardic authorities of the prior generation, Rav Ovadia Yosef (Teshuvot Yechave Da’at 5:62), Rav Shalom Massas (Teshuvot Shemesh UMagein 1: EH: 4 and 3: EH 34), Rav Ezra Attia (Teshuvot Alei Ezra, Chiddushei Halacha section page 83), Rav Ovadia Hadayah (Teshuvot Yaskil Avdi (7 EH 10) and Rav Ben Tzion Abba