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Saturday, February 29, 2020

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Let’s Save Jonathan Eichenwald

Englewood father of five desperately needs a liver donor.

Jonathan Eichenwald, Yonatan Yehuda ben Tovah, is a 37-year-old Englewood resident in desperate need of a liver transplant. Originally from France, the Eichenwalds are the parents of five children under the age of 11, including newborn

Brachot 61

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha bat David Mordechai, sheyichyeh. 

What is the root of the evil urge?

Rav and Shmuel argue on our daf about what the evil urge should be compared to. Rav

Emet Toratenu HaKedosha

A Joint Bar Mitzvah and Shabbat Chatan

Hashem blessed Shaarei Orah with an extraordinarily beautiful Shabbat last week. We experienced a joint simcha of the bar mitzvah of Yonah Amos, and the Shabbat Chatan of Dr. Binyamin Benson, who married Ms. Shira Goldberg of Manhattan. Dr. Benson permits me to

Mishkan vs. Mikdash

Parshat Teruma

“V’asu li mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham”

“V’shachanti b’toch Bnei Yisrael”

The selection of the fifth and sixth chapters of Sefer Melachim as the haftarah for Shabbat Parshat Teruma requires little

The Origin of the Words ‘Midbar’ and ‘Devir’

It is very easy to intuit that the root of the word “midbar” (desert) is D-B-R, since a typical way that Hebrew forms its nouns is by taking a three-letter verbal root and adding an initial mem. But our next question is much harder: what meaning of D-B-R generated this noun?

Of course, we all know

The Origin of the Words ‘Midbar’ and ‘Devir’

It is very easy to intuit that the root of the word “midbar” (desert) is D-B-R, since a typical way that Hebrew forms its nouns is by taking a three-letter verbal root and adding an initial mem. But our next question is much harder: what meaning of D-B-R generated this noun?

Of course, we all know

Ashkenazim and the Sephardic Pronunciation of Hebrew, Part II

This piece will focus on how and why some Ashkenazic Jews—both religious and (later) secular—adopted the Sephardic pronunciation of Hebrew because they deemed it superior to the Ashkenazi one.

The Sephardic Pronunciation of Hebrew vs. the Ashkenazic

The Maskil

Queen of the Kosher Kitchen: Norene Gilletz, BDE

Just a mere six weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Norene Gilletz: A Very Special Lady.” It was meant to be a tribute to Norene, who passed away on Sunday of this week. The article was one of the most difficult things I ever had to write, as I knew that it was a living obituary for someone who deserved all of the accolades

Remembering Dr. Wakslak, z”l

(Courtesy of HASC) We are all in shock at the unforeseen p’tira of our cherished Rabbi Dr. Chaim Wakslak, z”l. For decades, Dr. Wakslak was the clinical director of HASC, Hebrew Academy for Special Children. Dr. Wakslak was as brilliant as he was dedicated to the HASC mission of providing a wide range of

Film Highlights Israeli Innovation Role in Environmental Sustainability

(Courtesy of OpenDor Media) In a world where clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, a new documentary film to be screened at the Asia Society in New York City on March 2 reveals how Israelis are playing a leading role in the international effort to counter that trend. “Sustainable Nation,” produced by Imagination

Waltuch Gallery Showcases Early Childhood Students’ Art

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery, located at 411 E. Clinton Avenue in Tenafly, will be showcasing “What is Art?,” an exhibition of fun, colorful creations made by children who attend the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center at the JCC. The varied

Prose and Poetry at The Writing Center, Playwriting at the Black Box

It’s said that every thinking person has a story inside yearning to come out and be told. Two very different teachers of the art of writing believe this is so, and that is why, barely a mile apart, Barry Sheinkopf of the Englewood Cliffs-based Writing Center and Matt Okin of Englewood’s Black Box Performing Arts Center offer writing