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Monday, January 22, 2018

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A Tribute to Moshe Trinz, zt”l

Last Monday evening the TABC family received the bitter news of the passing of Moshe Trinz ‘96. Moshe is the son of Marcia and Bob Trinz, husband of Yael Trinz, father of Zahava and Eliana and brother of Yosef Trinz ‘98 and Bracha Aspir. The loss to the family is devastating, to say the least. The years of dealing with

Shavuot 46

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 Shavuot 46. These are some highlights.

Shavuot 46: May I use maaser

Bo: A Hardening of the Heart

The first time Danny Unger lent his car to his son Michael, it came back covered in potato chips. Not a few potato chips, mind you. It was as if the Potato Chip Fairy had come along and evenly sprinkled the entire upholstery of his ’07 Maxima with a fine patina of sour cream and onion chips (you could smell the flavor). But then

Psalm 48: God Will Lead Us ‘Al Mut’

At the end of davening every Monday, we recite Psalm 48 as the “shir shel yom.” This Psalm ends: “This is God, our God forever and ever; He will lead us al mut” (48:15).

In the Tanach and in our siddurim, the five letters are printed as two separate words: “al mut,” because this is

Standing for Kriat HaTorah? Not at a Sephardic Beit Knesset

In certain segments of the Ashkenazic Orthodox community it is common practice to stand for Kriat HaTorah. This is a result, in part, of the influence of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik and Rav Aharon Lichtenstein who were enthusiastic about the practice to stand during Kriat HaTorah. They often stressed that standing for Kriat HaTorah

Trusting in God

Parshat Bo

As was mentioned in last week’s article, the prophets Yirmiyahu and Yechezkel were contemporaries who prophesied at the time of churban Bayit Rishon, the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians: Yirmiyahu in Eretz Yisrael and Yechezkel in Bavel. Both the haftarah

Slow but Steady

Everything is relative. Someone forwarded a copy of the memo sent home to the parents of Torah Academy of Boca Raton, Florida, last week, which read: “With predicted temperatures in the 40s and 50s tomorrow, we ask you to please be sure to send a coat or a jacket tomorrow with your children…. Stay warm!”

Parshas Bo: Making Every Minute Count

Tick tock, tick tock—that sound has been removed from most people’s lives with the influx of digital clocks and cellphones. The passage of time is now subtler, more quiet, but life’s clock does keep ticking. The question is: do we spend our life “killing time” with activities that don’t amount to anything, or do we use

Remembering the Good Through Difficult Times

Years ago, my close friend was horrified when she heard the words “You da mean grandma,” uttered by her adorable, sweet granddaughter. Although she understood that this indictment was the result of her refusal to dole out a second helping of birthday cake, it was hard to hear these words. Yet, as most of us understand, due to

Happy Reading

Winter vacation is here! Or, at least, it’s here for those of us who are in schools who have “Yeshiva Week” break. It’s a time when we educators get to pat ourselves on the back for a first half of the year well done, then sit up and say “Wait, what?? The year is half over already?!” If your school is like mine, the

Parshat Bo: The Pharaoh of the Exodus

Who was the Exodus Pharaoh? The simple answer: we do not know for sure, but there are quite a few plausible possibilities. From among them, Ramesses II is the heavy favorite of Bible-believing scholars, bolstered by the Torah’s explicit mention of the place-names Ramesses (Gen. 47:11) and Raamses (Exod. 1:11), confirmation that Ramesses

Teens Look to Infuse Themselves With Free Dose of Holy Land Education

(Courtesy of Naale) Growing numbers of observant high school children in North America are looking for a new way to connect with their Jewish heritage and express their Zionism. Their parents are looking for new solutions to the growing expense of Jewish education. The Zuckerman family from Ontario, Canada, have