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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Making Ripples in the Water

Whenever I look over at the small sefer Torah in our first grade classroom at RYNJ, a famous saying always comes to my mind: One small pebble thrown into the water makes many ripples. To me, that “one small pebble” represents a larger-than-life icon of Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Harold Wahl.

Hiking Safety: A Public Service Announcement by COMMSAR

(Courtesy of COMMSAR) Pre-planning your hike, is what’s right.

Rushing into an outdoor adventure, may turn into a disaster.

When staying safe is your aim, prevention is the name of the game.

Hike

Hiking Safety: A Public Service Announcement by COMMSAR

(Courtesy of COMMSAR) Pre-planning your hike, is what’s right.

Rushing into an outdoor adventure, may turn into a disaster.

When staying safe is your aim, prevention is the name of the game.

Hike

Summer of Free Love

OK, so it’s an intriguing title, right? Well, it’s going to be even more confusing when I start by saying that I suggest deciding that there is definitely something wrong with people.

I’ve heard in the name of R’ Moshe Leib Sassover that every middah (character trait) has a purpose in

David Serero’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’: Farce With Jewish Nuances Reflective of Its Jewish Librettist

David Serero is a whirlwind, a force of nature whose good humor, generosity of spirit, Jewish sensibility and inborn affinity for theatrical presentations combine to make all of his productions delightful recreations infused with new insights and charm. He should be declared a national Jewish treasure.

The Mensch Who Saved the Music in 1969

Last month, we visited Bethel, New York, home of the infamous Woodstock Festival; the iconic event in modern American history, which drew over 400,000 attendees. In 2017, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been fifty years since the “three-day festival of peace and music” took place in

The Hebraization of Jewish Surnames

Part II

Reviewing: “By Faith Alone: The Story of Rabbi Yehuda Amital,” by Elyashev Reichner. Maggid Books. 2011. English. Hardcover. 380 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1592641925.

Rabbi Yehuda Amital (whose yahrzeit was last week) was born Yehuda Klein

Anti-Semitism Before Hitler

Part 10

(Continued from last week)

Without a major change in the commercial politics, attacked from the right and the left, the Weimar Republic could not be saved. The defenders had no support and they were not unified amongst themselves.

Stuck in Traffic

Auto safety is something we always have to be concerned about, especially during the summer, when we spend more time in our cars. Sitting in traffic.

Consider the following stories, all of which are true:

In June, there was a highway accident in New Jersey

500,000 Jews Uniting Next Week for Shidduchim On ‘Tu B’Av Together’

On Friday, Tu B’Av, August 16, at 10 a.m. EST, join over 500,000 Jews from around the world uniting together in tefillah for shidduchim—Tu B’Av Together.

One moment. 500,000 Jews. Together for shidduchim. Tu B’Av Together.

Tu B’Av has become

Rebuild Rules

Many Jews subscribe to the belief and harbor the hope that the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) will one day be rebuilt. One might wonder, from a practical standpoint, exactly how design and construction would be accomplished. Would the new temple be an exact replica of the last one or would it feature some improvements and advantages

Patis Bakery Gives Kosher Foodies a Taste of France

There’s no mistaking the bakery; even from a couple of blocks away one can see the large gold letters of “Patis Bakery” emblazoned against an inky black background. However, what may not be discernible from afar is the relaxing environment behind those large glass doors. As I opened those doors, I felt the