Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Pesach: A Time of Renewal, A Time for Hope

I have a pretty early memory of sitting at lunch in preschool and wanting someone else’s snack. Something about it looked more appealing than my own, probably for no other reason than it was something I did not have. And as I got older, the feeling remained consistent but the desired item progressed. I moved on to cool knapsacks, tales of awesome Chol Hamoed trips,

Camp Shalom Announces Brand New Beis Medrash Program

(Courtesy of Camp Shalom) The sounds of children laughing and playing can be heard loud and clear as one walks through Camp Shalom, in Spring Valley. Camp Shalom, under the leadership of Rabbi Yehoshua Gold for the past 11 years, has established itself as a premier day camp serving Bergen County and beyond. “A Summer of Fun the

Are Mega Frum Communities Meaningful?

After living out of town for 16 years, my wife and I moved back to Teaneck. Today’s Tea­neck is very different from the one we lived in for nine years before our years in Boca Raton. When I walked into a restaurant in Teaneck in 1997, I knew nearly all of the people. It’s just not possible today.

Social Media Data Mining: Think Before You App!

I am not a big user or a big fan of social media. When last week’s big Facebook story broke, that the data of 50 million users had been compromised by Cambridge Analytica, I was reminded of how different things are from the earlier days of the dot-com era. Every week, back then, it seemed a new site was coming out that did something useful or not. Then they would

What We Won in Mahwah

At the later stages of his life, Ernest Hemingway published a collection of writings that he entitled “Winner Take Nothing.” The name came to him according, to his biographers, as a philosophical perspective on the many wars in which he involved himself, particularly World War I, and his reflections on how after all that was

Yeshiva University Mourns Passing of Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Yeshiva University is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l, on March 19, 2018. Rabbi Glickman was a Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and taught at Sy Syms School of Business, Isaac Breuer College (IBC) and Benjamin

Assisted Suicide’s ‘Slippery Slope’ Prompts Concern From Orthodox Jews

If enacted, it would be for many Jews, well, toxic.

The “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (A-1504)” is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli, a Gloucester County Democrat. Last Monday, the assembly’s Judiciary Committee advanced the bill by a vote of 5-2.

Avoda Zara 61 and 62

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

This week we learned Avoda Zara 61 and 62. These are some highlights.

Avoda Zara 61: An elderly Jewish man lives with a gentile aide. Are

Tzav: Burning With Bruce

Vayikra 6:4

The clock was ticking.

“Dad, we’re almost out of time.”

“I don’t care.”

“This is serious.”

“I know it is. It’s

May Sephardic Jews Sell Egg Matzah to Ashkenazic Jews?

Part II

A Sephardic storekeeper notices that an Ashkenazic customer wishes to purchase egg matzah for Pesach. He wonders if he is permitted to sell him this item. As we learned last week, although Sephardic Jews may consume egg matzah on Pesach, Ashkenazic Jews are forbidden save for

Ma Nishtana: The Three Questions

It is well-known that the Mishna in the 10th chapter of Pesacḥim includes a set of Ma Nishtana. If one opens a standard printed Babylonian Talmud (Pesaḥim 116a), one sees four questions in the text of the Mishna (matzah, maror, roast and dipping). But if one opens a standard printed Jerusalem Talmud, one sees three questions


This year, the Staum family enjoyed a wonderful Purim seuda at the home our friends and neighbors, the Binders, around the corner from our home. Before Purim I had invited talmidim and rebbeim from our yeshiva, Heichal HaTorah, to our home at 8 p.m. for a post-Purim-seuda seuda.

At 8:05 p.m.,