Monday, May 21, 2018


Real Friendship

During the last couple of weeks our kehilla celebrated and mourned what epitomizes the circle of life. On the seventh day of Pesach, Mr. Seymour Kerner, father of our esteemed friend Rabbi Shimon Kerner, was niftar. I officiated at the funeral on isru chag.

Just over a week later, the morning

Mourning and Celebration

Parshiyot Behar-Bechukotai

Today’s reading is an especially difficult one to follow. Although the first parsha of Behar teaches laws that pertain to the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael, laws that promise the settlement of Israel into their own land (i.e., the regulations of the Shmita and Yovel

When Do We Have Emuna Moments?

Every day for me is a battle for emuna. Every day, the evil inclination (E.I.) is trying to make me forget Hashem—to forget He exists, forget He runs the world and forget He does everything for the very best. One of the most helpful weapons in my arsenal against the E.I. is recalling my emuna moments. Emuna moments are the

There Are No Endings, Only New Beginnings

It’s May. It’s finally, finally sunny and warm. Lag B’Omer didn’t get rained out, Shavuot is around the corner, and our thoughts now turn toward graduations, summer vacations and camp. Everyone is ready for the recharging that sunshine and summer break provides.

And yet, as educators,

Good, Better, Best

The comedian Robert Klein does some very funny routines about what it was like to be in school in the ’50s. What teachers demanded, how they dressed, how students behaved, standup recitations and air raid drills provide much material for his act. I can relate. Every Friday afternoon just prior to dismissal, my

The Prayer Crisis: Legacy 613 Responds

From the moment young children excitedly receive their very first siddur, as parents look on with pride and joy, prayer is a permanent part of their life. Yet somewhere between that first siddur and the routine recitation of daily prayers, the passion for praying can wane. A recent, eye-opening survey conducted by Nishma

Honoring the Memory of a Special Man: Joseph Appel, z”l

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There are those who command a good deal of attention when they enter a room. In some cases, their voices speak above others; some walk to the front of the room, immediately assuming that by walking through the crowd they will be

Belev Echad Offers Heartfelt Support to IDF Veterans

As Jewish people, we are united in our love for our homeland, the State of Israel. Having just celebrated the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence it is important to remember that this milestone was not reached without sacrifice. Our brothers and sisters who fearlessly serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have

Attitudes of the Rabbis Toward the Study of Jewish History

Part I

There is an almost apologetic tone in Rabbi Naphtali Maskil L’eison’s introduction to what he touted as his newly edited and annotated edition of a classic work of Jewish history, “Seder Hadorot” by the Lithuanian Rabbi Yechiel Halperin (1660-1746).

BookATailor Brings Affordable Custom Suits to Teaneck Pop-Up

Custom suits bring to mind visions of a millionaire getting measured by his personal tailor and fitted for a suit that meets his exact measurements. Every time he steps out in his custom-crafted suit he exudes confidence and sartorial splendor, knowing his suit was made to help him look his best. If this scene is what

‘Reinventing’ Personal Finance

About 3,000 years ago, King Solomon looked at the world around him and made this timeless declaration: “There is nothing new under the sun.”

To which the hipster millennial responded, “Oh yeah? What about Twitter?”

Of course, even the hipster knows Solomon

My Stories

Part 26 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

Eating had been a little problematic in the beginning since none of the Israeli soldiers were Orthodox and therefore were not concerned about the food handling. Although all food in the Israeli army is