Monday, May 21, 2018

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Rejoicing in God

“Sos asis BaShem”!! For the first time since beginning the series of haftarot of consolation, we hear Israel herself burst forth in song, saying, “I shall rejoice in Hashem!” These are not words of comfort spoken by the prophet nor an encouraging cry from God Himself, but a joyous response by the people of Israel,

An Eastward Flight From Poland in 1941

Part 12/Conclusion (Continued from last week)

Return to Kletsk

And so one morning I took the train to Kletsk. After an hour’s traveling, the train stopped. I got off and looked around.

Psalm 30: Mizmor Shir Chanukat HaBayit Le-David

Part II

In a previous column, I discussed the issue of how this psalm entered the daily Shacharit. Just to review, it first appears, for reasons unknown, in the 13th century in the daily Shacharit in some Sephardic communities. After being adopted by Sephardim, it later spread to the

Camp Shalom Campers Have an Amazing Time During Week Seven

Promises and Assurances

Parshat Ekev

In this second of the seven haftarot of consolation that we read this Shabbat, the navi Yeshayahu addresses an “unconvinced” population that is having difficulty believing the prophet’s words of consolation and comfort. After suffering the destruction and devastation of their

Le Marais: A Memorable Meal With a Cookbook to Keep the Memories on Your Own Table

It is probably safe to say that, on any given night, there are several kinds of diners to be found at Le Marais kosher restaurant, conveniently located at 150 W 46th Street in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district.

There are what can only be called “regulars,” folks like former Senator

Swinging and Sliding in the Shul Playground

If a child falls in a playground of a school that is part of a church or a shul, do they not bleed? That was basically the question answered in one of the most anticipated cases, and final decisions, decided by the Supreme Court during the Spring term. Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer involved a challenge by a Columbia, Missouri,

The Essence of Leadership

This week’s parsha, in describing Moshe’s plea to Hashem about his immediate successor, details what true leadership looks like.

“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them, and who may go in before them, and who may lead

Sephardim Recite ‘Borei Minei Mezonot’ on Matzah Year Round

Did I hear correctly? Sephardic Jews recite Borei Minei Mezonot on matzah year round?! Indeed, the predominant Sephardic practice is to recite a Mezonot upon matzah other than Pesach, following Maran HaChida (Machazik Bracha 158:5) as confirmed by Rav Ovadia Yosef (Teshuvot Yechave Da’at 3:12). This comes at a shock to Ashkenazic

Suburban Torah’s Camp Cochavim Has a Fun Opening Week

Camp Cochavim campers had a wonderful week enjoying water play, racing cars and flying planes.


What’s My Name?

I find that one thing that suddenly occurs to new parents after their first child is born is that they have to think of a name. Not for the kid. You can just name him after a relative or something. And Hashem gives you ruach hakodesh for that anyway. I’m talking about picking out names for yourself. You can’t just name

BPY Students Receive Thespian Awards

Ben Porat Yosef eighth grade students Ari Kutin and Meira Papier received Graduate Thespian Awards from the International Thespian Society for their leadership and dedication to the dramatic arts over their elementary and middle school careers at BPY. Sixth grade students Sam Passner and Shira Kaplan received Junior Thespian