Monday, May 21, 2018


Tortoise or Hare?

There is a famous Aesop’s Fable about a hare that tells anyone that will listen about his great running aptitude and speed. A tortoise, upon hearing the boastful hare talk endlessly about his ability, decides to challenge the hare to a race. The hare laughs and accepts the challenge. Within minutes after the start of the race,

Jewish Superwomen

This week many celebrate Mother’s Day—and with the barrage of advertisements, all of us are hyperaware of the calendar day. As wonderful as it is to celebrate one’s mother, or a mother figure in one’s life, I approach this time with concern for all the people in my life who are still struggling to be a mother, or struggling

Give Stronq. Give Chazaq.

(Courtesy of Chazaq) On Tuesday, May 15, Chazaq will begin a powerfully impactful 30-hour Charity campaign titled: Give Stronq. Give Chazaq. The goal is to raise $1,000,000 to benefit Chazaq’s wide array of services benefiting Jewish public school students. Every single dollar donated will be quadrupled, (!) multiplying

Teaneck Pop-Up Shop Tomorrow: BookATailor's Affordable Custom Suits

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 dreams are made of, rest assured that quality

BCHSJS Hosts Annual Gala Dinner

(Courtesy of BCHSJS) The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS), recently held its Annual Gala at Temple Israel and JCC. The event was emceed by Principal-Director Fred Nagler, and the dvar Torah was given by Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene.

Parent Honorees were Heidi and Seth

Zevachim 14 and 15

May these words of Torah be a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

This week we learned Zevachim 14 and 15. These are some highlights.

Zevachim 14: Can the gabbai sell the right to open the ark and the right to

Ashkenazic Single Men Without a Tallit at Shaarei Orah

May we permit Ashkenazic single men to sit in Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, without a tallit? Sephardic practice follows straightforward reasoning—a bar mitzvah is responsible for all mitzvot. Thus, why should he wait until marriage in order to wear a tallit during tefillah?

Emor: Down for the Count

Vayikra: 24:15-16

April 9, Day of Omer 9

Dear Diary,

Passover was great. Saw lots of family. Had two wicked Sedarim, although the second ran nasty late. Hung out at the mall with friends. Saw two movies.

Almost Home

When I was a kid (wow, I’ve reached that age...), before Pesach I would bring home a nice Pesach booklet that contained many divrei Torah. Today, each of our children brings home a complete professional-looking Haggadah, which include personalized pictures, numerous explanations and a plethora of divrei Torah.

Sanctity in the Mundane

Parashat Emor that we read this week dedicates its first perek to the laws of kedusha as they apply to the kohanim. The obligation of the kohanim to retain a state of tahara, purity, when serving in the Mikdash, their prohibition to have contact with the dead and the women they are permitted to marry are all included in the first

A View From the Office

In these post-Pesach months, we read Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) on Shabbat afternoon. A number of mishnayot in Pirkei Avot begin with “hu haya omer”—he used to say. “He used to say” carries a different connotation than “he said”; it implies repetition, frequency. This wasn’t just a one-off. It was something

Bergenfield’s Dr. Rebecca Eliason Named Barnstable Academy Head of School

Barnstable Academy, a college-preparatory private school serving students in fifth through twelfth grade, has announced the appointment of Bergenfield’s Dr. Rebecca Eliason as head of school. Eliason, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a graduate of Stern College of Yeshiva University and earned her master’s and