Monday, February 18, 2019


The Eternal Words of the Prophets

Parshat Yitro

The great theophany experienced by Bnei Yisrael at Har Sinai is undoubtedly the highlight of this week’s parsha. Ostensibly, it is also the event that forms the connection between the parsha and the haftarah. However, it would be somewhat simplistic of us to

Morning Meeting at SINAI

I love having SINAI students and faculty as part of our Ma’ayanot family. It is a testament to the culture of SINAI, Ma’ayanot and the intertwining of the two that so many of us view the SINAI students and teachers as an organic part of our school. SINAI students regularly participate in our morning tefillot, eat lunch with us,

Copying Gazan Model, Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani Launches War of Attrition Against Israel from Syria

The firing of an Iranian missile from Syrian territory on Jan. 20 over the Golan Heights towards Mount Hermon, which was crowded with tourists, was a particularly dangerous and serious event. According to senior IDF sources, the Iranians were preparing this response for quite a while.

IDF spokesman Brig.

Bracha On One Slice of Pizza: Hamotzi or Mezonot?

In recent years there has emerged a dispute whether Hamotzi or Mezonot should be recited on one slice of pizza. We will present the background to this issue in the Gemara, Rishonim and Acharonim. In honor of Tu B’Shevat we will explain the two sides of the contemporary debate on this issue.

What Is the Difference Between ‘Lo Tachmod’ and ‘Lo Titaveh’?

As we all know, the Ten Commandments are found in Parshat Yitro and again in Parshat Va’etchanan. But there are differences. One major difference is that in Parshat Yitro, the tenth commandment uses “lo tachmod” twice, while in Parshat Va’etchanan we have “lo tachmod” regarding the wife, but then “lo titaveh” on the

How Are We Doing?

The erstwhile mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, either because of insecurity or a genuine desire to know, would ubiquitously inquire “How’m I doin’?” We are consumers of local Jewish education, as well as living in a community with the highest national percentage of parents who are themselves day school graduates. We too are

Tap the Sap

On Chol Hamoed Sukkos a few months ago, the Staum family attended a concert in Teaneck featuring Mordechai Shapiro and the Yeshiva Boys Choir. It was a wonderful nice show and our children really enjoyed it.

As we were taking our seats, the irony struck me. Mordy Shapiro was a camper in Camp

Operation Inspiration: Going My Waze?

Sometimes a product will be introduced that defines a market. The brand name becomes synonymous with the product, like Band-Aids, Q-Tips and Kleenex, which are often used instead of the terms bandages, cotton swabs, or facial tissue. Then you have some brand names that become verbs and synonymous with a certain action. For example,

Slow Down or Speed Up: Improving Communication in Relationships

Relationships can be complicated and complex. Throughout the course of our day, we interact with many different people, including co-workers, friends, our spouses and our children. Conflict is almost an inevitable outgrowth of some of these interactions. Strengthening relationships involves working on a set of tools, which involve

6th Run 4 Afikim from Jerusalem to Eilat Raised $260K

JERUSALEM, January 22, 2019 – Sixty-five runners raised $260,000 for the Afikim educational charity. Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor Elisha Peleg dispatched the runners January 9th at the First Station. The runners were a group of volunteers featuring religious, secular, immigrants, students, businessmen and rabbis. Halfway between

Positively Speaking

Remember the days of “there’s no I in team?” Boy, are those long gone… We all know they’ve been replaced with “there’s I everywhere”—iPhones, iPads, iPods, selfies, and when there’s finally something called a Wii, it’s spelled with two I’s! What message is

The Definition of a Staycation

Other than visiting our family when our children did not have school, which meant driving to the States, we are a family that never experienced anything but a staycation. It basically meant not rushing in the morning, maybe having a more special breakfast, and hanging around either doing special activities around town or staying