Monday, June 17, 2019


‘Rabbi, I Cooked My Meat Soup With an Onion Cut With a Dairy Knife!’

The Panicked Congregant

Every congregational rabbi has received a panicked call with a panicked congregant proclaiming, “Rabbi, I cooked my meat soup with an onion cut with a dairy knife!” The answer the rabbi provides is not, pardon the pun, clear cut. Let us first review the background

Judge vs. King

Parshat Naso

Our haftarah this week relates to us the well-known story of Shimshon HaGibor. Over the past few years I have written about the difficulties in understanding the decisions and actions of this final Shofet, as well as the behavior of the nation itself. But the truth is that the

The Early History of the Torah Reading Cycle

Today, all synagogues throughout the world read the same parshah every week. (Of course, there are brief periods where the Jews in Israel get ahead of us for a few weeks because of a second day Yom Tov that falls on Shabbat. But after a few weeks, Diaspora Jewry catches up.)

But this uniformity

Making Learning Attractive

Receiving the Torah at Sinai was one of the most formative experiences for the Jewish people. The rabbis teach that many of the laws of studying and teaching Torah are modeled on that experience. One midrash expresses this idea quite forcefully:

Says Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish (known as Reish

Local Tour De Simcha Cyclists Set Sights on World's Greatest Finish Line: Tova Gerson to Rejoin Tour de Simcha in Memory of Evan Levy, z”l

(Courtesy of Chai Lifeline) 


New York, NY, June 12, 2019—On July 16 more than 200 women will clip in and ride 100 miles as part of Tour de Simcha. The annual, all-female cycling event benefits Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network which

Ethan Shafer Enjoys His Totally Terrific Year at Torat Shraga

Ethan Shafer is studying at Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Bayit Vagan, Jerusalem. He grew up in Englewood, attended Moriah for elementary school and SAR for high school. In the summers, he attended Camp Lavi and Kol HaNe’arim. His family davens at East Hill Synagogue.


Study the Talmud: A Retrospective on Herman Wouk and His (Very Jewish) Life

Herman Wouk passed on May 17, of this year, just a few days before his 104th birthday. A Pulitzer Prize winner (“The Caine Mutiny,” 1951) and prolific author, Wouk endured great criticism of his work throughout his career, including a good deal from his fellow Jews. Yet he never let this deter him from writing. As he

My First White Rose on Father’s Day

It’s always easy to tell that Father’s Day is approaching because we are inundated with electronic and paper advertisements for what are deemed the best in Father’s Day gifts. This year, these just added to the grief I have been feeling over the recent loss of my father. This is my first fatherless Father’s Day and it

National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene Production Explores Spiritual Resistance

As part of their season’s theme of “Spiritual Resistance,” the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene (NYTF) will present the 2015 David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play-Writing Contest winning entry, “When Blood Ran Red,” written by Montreal-based playwright Ben Gonshor. The two performances will take place at the

Roots: Ramadan in Englewood, the City of Trees

There are many things that make our neighborhood great: the canopied tree lined-streets and Palisades Avenue, our bustling commercial corridor, to name a few. But it’s our inhabitants who really bring this greatness over the top, and when a group of residents from different faiths and backgrounds came together to break

The Martians Are Coming!!

As this is being written we have been invaded by a cleaning crew, all the result of a faulty toilet. Naturally, when disaster strikes it either happens on Shabbat or Yom Tov. There is no one to call and little to do as the water begins to trickle down the walls through a light fixture in the kitchen.

The Golden Vessel Project

Be humble, Be giving... Be blessed!

We help to increase prosperity and good deeds!

We live in challenging times, when the truth is more hidden from the naked eye than ever before.

Some things “we know that we know,”