Sunday, December 16, 2018


Menachot 99

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 Menachot 99. These are some highlights.

Is there still a prohibition against forgetting learning?

A Cross Is Not Old Glory

Can a cross memorial ever be a “secular symbol” when placed as a war memorial? It might come as a surprise that about a decade ago, the United States Supreme Court said it could. That was perhaps one of the biggest mistakes the court has made since the turn of the century, but last month the Supreme Court agreed to take up that

Enroll Now for NCSY’s RTC Summer Program

(Courtesy of NCSY) Enrollment is now open for NCSY Summer’s newest program, RTC, a premier second-month travel camp for boys entering ninth and 10th grade.

Program founder and director Avi Rosalimsky came up with the idea for Camp RTC after being approached by rebbeim, parents and kids who

Pittsburgh Revealed the Galut in My Backyard

I am the first to admit it: When I think of the concept of galut, I think of my personal galut. I think about my personal struggles and the yeshuot I daven for myself and my family. While I have a strong Jewish identity, I sometimes have a difficult time identifying myself, and davening, as part of our bigger nation. And what’s

A Yavneh Sixth Grader Asks: Please Help the JFCS Food Pantry

Did you know that there is a food pantry in Teaneck for Jewish and non-Jewish families and individuals? The pantry is run by Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) and is located on Teaneck Road (near the Kosher Dunkin Donuts), at 1485 Teaneck Road. It serves nearly 200 people each month! There is also another

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Our Parents Deserve a Medal

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and showing our appreciation, so we should reflect upon the fact that we often appreciate the famous heroes in the headlines. We fail to recognize the everyday heroes in our families—like our parents, spouses, siblings and children. We all know that they are incredibly special and

Jump Into Shape

Jump Into Shape, a new men’s jump roping class with a mission to build a healthier guf (body) for our neshama (soul) is off to a great start. The class was created and is led by Bergenfield’s Russell Moskowitz to share the benefits he has gained from jumping rope. Two years ago, when Russell turned 40, he discovered jumping

A Busy Week of Conventions

Most of us share the frustration of receiving two invitations to simchas taking place on the same day after having a lull of many months without receiving an invitation to anything. Obviously no fault is aimed at the baalei smachot, but when that happens there are painful choices to be made. As my mother always used to say, “One

My Stories

Part 51

(Continued from previous week)

The following day we took a walk through the Kurpark, a well-known park with a lot of historical points of interest, including a building in honor of King Chulalongkorn of Siam who had regularly

Reunited and It Feels So Good: Reflections on My Bnei Akiva Shevet Reunion

I recently came back from an amazing trip to Israel where, besides seeing our married son and daughter-in-law, we attended a reunion of my Bnei Akiva Shevet that was formed 51 years ago. It was not only an unforgettable experience but it showed the profound effect that relationships and ideologies formed in our

Is Eating Holiday Food Self-Indulgent or Self-Nurturing?

Dear Coach Gila,

Although I’ve never written to you or spoken with you I want to let you know that I follow you on Instagram and every now and then you say something in one of your stories or posts that really resonates with me and inspires me. I’ve actually googled your name and re-read

Dr. Tal Becker to Speak at Kaplen JCC

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) To expand its offerings in new and exciting ways, the Patron of the Arts program at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is now collaborating with the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) to offer a new avenue for cultural programming that include concerts, performances and speaker engagements throughout