Sunday, November 19, 2017


Yeshivat Noam Student Raises Awareness of South Sudan

In 1985, Sudan was wracked by civil war. Millions died and millions more were displaced, fleeing for their lives to refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and other neighboring countries. Among those who fled across the war-torn southern desert were thousands of children, mostly boys, some as young as 5 years old. 

Makkot 8

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 Makkot 8. These are some highlights.

Makkot 8: If a person can build his sukkah or pick his etrog, which should he do?

Rav Zilberstein asks: if a person has a chance to

Toldot: Big

Bereishit 25:29-34

Once, in the town of Hasbrouck Heights, there lived two brothers, Hank and Harry. One was big and one was small.

Now, Harry wasn’t destined to be small. His father was 6-foot-2 and his mother was 5-foot-8. By Jewish standards he was

Chacham Ovadia Yosef: The First Major Posek to Endorse Living Kidney Donations

Reflections Upon the Renewal Shabbat in Bergen County

The Torah commands us: “Do not stand aside while your fellow’s blood is shed” (Vayikra 19:16). The Gemara (Sanhedrin 73a) clarifies that this pasuk obligates us to expend all efforts and financial resources to save the

The Balfour Declaration and Its Importance

Since it is now the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2017, everyone has been writing about it. Even a new book came out, “The Balfour Declaration: Sixty-Seven Words, 100 Years of Conflict,” by Elliot Jager. I will now add my contribution.

Between Night and Day

Someone once told me that when people ask each other how they are doing, they mean besides the fact that they’re tired. It’s as if they are saying, “I know you’re tired; that goes without saying. But besides that, how are you?”

This past week, we switched back to Eastern Standard Time.

Parshas Toldos: All You Have to Do Is Ask…

Have you ever brought an awesome proposal to your boss—one that would make your work easier, the company more efficient and bring in more clients—only to have it rejected? You are convinced it’s a winning idea, so you present it again. You lay out all the data, explain the principles behind the changes and believe

Renewal Requires Reunification

Parshat Toldot

“Machar Chodesh”

Few haftarot have a more obvious reason for their selection than today’s reading. The opening words express the very nature of this day: “Machar Chodesh”—“tomorrow is a new month.” And yet, it is

Grandfathers in Judaism

I. Teaching Torah

Grandparents fulfill a unique mitzvah by teaching their descendants Torah. The Gemara (Kiddushin 30a) offers someone named Zevulun ben Dan as an example of the highest level of parental Torah teaching. His grandfather taught him the entire Torah—Bible, Mishnah, Gemara, Halacha and Aggadah. The Gemara continues

Think a Second Time

“Sarah laughed inside, saying, ‘after I have withered shall I again have smooth skin?’” (Bereishit 18:12)

This was Sarah’s understandable response to the announcement that she was going to have a child.

Sarah was called to task by Hashem for her

Favorite Children

The Talmud itself warns of the potential ill consequences of favoring one child over another, stating that the favoritism Jacob demonstrated toward Joseph by presenting him with the colored coat ignited the jealousy of his brothers and led to our exile to Egypt (TB Shabbat 10B).


Finding the Good in Everyone

Parshat Toldot

“ויאהב יצחק את עשו כי ציד בפיו ורבקה אהבת את יעקב”

Many commentaries discuss at length the parenting and educational styles of the Avot and Imahot, and the Torah surely gives us many opportunities to