Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Earliest Time for Birkat HaLevana

If we are blessed with a clear sky this coming Motzaei Shabbat, almost all of the Asheknazic Kehillot in the greater Teaneck area (save for Chabad) will be reciting Birkat HaLevana (referred to as Kiddush Levana by Ashkenazic Jews) on Motzaei Shababt. What will the congregants at Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic congregation of Teaneck

Zevachim 58

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 Zevachim 58. These are some highlights.

May we dig under the Temple Mount?

Every sentence

Aviya Kushner Writes About the Grammar of God

Reviewing: “The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible,” by Aviya Kushner, 2015. 272 pages. Spiegel & Grau, ISBN-10: 0385520824.

Aviya Kushner grew up in Monsey. All members of her family had a strong Hebrew background. They debated constantly about subjects

A Light Bulb Moment

There’s an expression that doesn’t really reflect its meaning but rather the way an idea is conveyed. You’ve likely seen a cartoon or picture of a person with a light bulb glowing over his or her head. It’s intended to convey some realization, a moment of enlightenment or inspiration when a solution to a problem is found,

Compare and Contrast

Parshat Korach

At times, we are challenged to uncover the underlying reason why Chazal chose a specific chapter in the navi as the haftarah that would connect to the message or theme of the Torah reading. This week’s haftarah, however, requires no deep analysis to understand our rabbis’

Cholent 101

During the Scripps National Spelling Bee last week, 13-year-old Shiva Yeshlur from Wyoming was asked to spell the word “cholent.”

Yeshlur requested a definition from the judges. The reply: “A Jewish Sabbath-day dish of slow-baked meat and vegetables.” He then asked for the word’s

Striking the Balance

Consider the following scenarios:

Debbie is an academically challenged 15-year-old who, after suffering through negative experiences in two different elementary and middle schools, has now started her freshman year of high school. Debbie struggles with self-confidence. She is capable of

Israel Education and the Real World

During the past year, one of the hot topics on many Jewish education blogs and listservs was Israel education. Many questions were raised and many opinions were expressed on a wide range of issues relating to Israel education by many serious educators in the field. How much time should be devoted to Israel education? Should we

No More Excuses

The Bakersfield Californian, KERO 23, KGET 17, among other media outlets, reported on the graduation of the Standard Middle School. It turns out that at the start of the 6:30 p.m. scheduled event the superintendent locked the doors so the ceremony could proceed without interruption of distraction. A number of guests who arrived

The Wimpel

Part 1

I guess that most readers have never heard of a wimpel, and even if they have, they have probably never seen one up close, or one actually being used.

So, what is a wimpel? The simplest explanation is that a wimpel is a roll of cloth used to bind the

Being Stung by the Sting

We really do not get it on the one hand, and on the other hand we do. Vibes have come our way regarding how much people despise the “sting” operation that is going on in the Queen Anne Road area, where drivers are being ticketed for not stopping for pedestrians as they cross the street in designated

Protecting Our Elderly From Online Hacking and Phone Scams

I sincerely hope that my guidance on hacking/scams will be well known to everyone at this point. Unfortunately, every week my engineers gets calls, usually from homeowners, grandchildren or children about some horrific hack of which their loved one has become a victim. GCG is generally not above servicing homes, but our business