Sunday, October 22, 2017


Before and After

On Yom Kippur, we are privileged to read two haftarot: the first, read during Shacharit, is taken from Sefer Yeshayahu, while the second haftarah, read at Mincha, is the entire Sefer Yonah. While the story of Yonah emphasizes Hashem’s capacity to forgive, the selection from the 57th and 58th perakim of Yeshayahu is almost a

Let It Go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” Hermann Hesse

Yom Kippur, the most serious day of the Jewish calendar, is nearly upon us. As in the past, we will go to shul on Erev Yom Kippur to make our final preparations for the awesome day. Printed

What a Year!

It was a year of first names. Indeed, there was Donald, Nikki and, sadly, even Harvey and Irma.

Certainly, much happened in the Hebrew year 5777. We think it’s probably safe to suggest that the election of a new administration, one that is unabashedly pro-Israel, is arguably the most important of news articles. So with that and others in mind, we share these

Tips for Nursing Mothers on Yom Kippur

(Courtesy of Puah) “Pregnant and nursing mothers must fast the entire fast on Yom Kippur” (Shulchan Aruch. Orach Chaim 717:1).

Most nursing mothers find it difficult to fast, due to the increased loss of fluids. Nevertheless, they are obligated to fast on Yom Kippur as long as it doesn’t pose a threat to the life of the mother or the

Saying You Are Sorry

It’s not easy to acknowledge a fault. Every married couple knows that turning to a partner and asking forgiveness upon realizing that one has made a mistake takes a good deal of effort and strength. Sometimes it is easier to write one’s feelings in the form of a note; others might do it by sending flowers, but we do believe

Three Stops on My Search for Inspiration

As residents of Bergen County and its environs, we are blessed with a myriad of opportunities to recharge our spiritual batteries prior to all of the chagim. Particularly numerous are the pre-Rosh Hashanah offerings around town. This season took us to three very inspiring programs leading up to Tishrei.

Learning About Glass in the Mountains

(Part 1 of 2)

When I was almost 17, during my high school summer break, I decided to travel to the Catskills for a job at one of the hotels. I heard it was a great way to make some money. I took the bus from Manhattan, and in about three hours, I got off at Monticello. It was a busy town that

My 10th Year at Yavneh Academy

I’m sure we all know the thoughts, feelings and worries associated with first-day-of-school jitters: Will the kids like me? Will the teachers be nice? Will I have to sit alone at lunch? All those questions were racing through my mind as I walked through the double doors of Yavneh Academy, except this time things were a little

It Is Time to Forgive Yourself

Dear Coach Gila,

I am not a weekly shul goer even though I am an Orthodox woman living in Bergen County. My family attends shul weekly, while for many years (10 plus) I have opted out. This has nothing to do with my spirituality, religious level or even my relationship with God. I

Former US Ambassador to Costa Rica Pivots to a Starring Role

Stafford Fitzgerald Haney, US Ambassador to Costa Rica from 2015 to 2017, former Englewood resident, international businessman, speaker of five languages, son of an African-American civil rights activist, husband of a rabbi and father of four, may have finally added the experience that will truly make him “the

Five Steps to a Winning College Application

Many seniors will soon be knee-deep in the college application process. As a former admissions officer and longtime college consultant, I have learned that getting into your first-choice college is not only about grades, scores and extracurricular activities, but also about how you manage the college application process.

Once you’ve identified your top-choice

Ensuring and Supporting Jewish Unity

Having transitioned smoothly to a new position, I find myself compelled to cast a backward glance and spend a few moments in reflection.

After 40 years of administration in Modern Orthodox elementary schools (22 years at the Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway, and 18 years at Manhattan