Sunday, July 23, 2017


Respecting the Sensitive, Nuanced Work of the OU and Their Poskim

I was pleased by the overall tone and much of the content of the article (“Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership”) written by my colleagues Rabbis Adler, Helfgot, Marder, Mintz and Starr. It is admirable that while the majority of them have professional affiliations with Yeshivat

On Children and Tefillah

Approximately 13 years ago, as a representative of a Jewish foundation, I was running a Yom Tov seminar for local Jewish teens in Munich, Germany. Fifty children came to the main synagogue on Reichenbachstrasse for tefillah, and my daughter, Davida, who was three years old at the time, joined us as well. It was rare to

Spotlight on Trivia Expert, Sports-Enthusiast Justin Sherman

Have you heard of trivia night at Eden Wok or other local restaurants in New Rochelle? The genius behind these exciting competitive nights out is Justin Sherman, who also serves as the athletic director at Westchester Torah Academy. But there’s more where that came from.

Sherman has had a

Young Israel of Jamaica Estates Urges ‘BDS’ Mishloach Manot—Buy Israeli, Deliver Shalach Manot

Simple concepts often reap great results! The brainchild of the Purim Committee of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York, including organizers Susan Kass, Janna Herskowitz, Rivky Orlow, Robin Appel and Gail Reichwald, BDS Mishloach Manot was inaugurated before Purim 2016. A year later, their mission is

Traveling Like a Pro: How the PEYD Team Traveled This Winter Vacation Using Airline Miles and Credit Card Points

PART 1: Married Couple With Young Child—West Coast Trip

Winter break is always a challenging time of year to get hold of affordable airfare and travel packages. Nevertheless, this stood as no deterrent for the PEYD Team in planning their family vacations with members and staff

Keeping Everyone Happy (and in Costume) on Purim

Tops Tips From Child Development Experts

Purim is an exciting time of year that can also be overwhelming for sensory-sensitive kids. What with the frequent shaking of the gragger, banging when Haman’s name is called, multitudes of people at shul, massive

SINAI at SAR: ‘This Is the School I Have Prayed For’

The word is out, all over the tri-state area. There is an inestimable impact on families when their child with special needs gets the right help. Often, parents can’t resist telling others about their experience, while others merely want to shout it from the rooftops. Families who seek a Jewish day-school education for

OU Opens Doors to Women Leaders

Last week, in a message to its hundreds of member rabbis and synagogue affiliates, the Orthodox Union (OU) made a statement regarding women and leadership positions in synagogue life. Citing extensive research of a rabbinic commission, and releasing its 17-page rabbinic response concurrently, the OU

Jewish Day Schools Are Uniquely Able to Deliver an Exceptional Education for Today

In Proverbs we are taught: “Raise a child according to his inclination.” It is a lesson for the ages, with particular relevance for educators and parents today.

It inspires us as Jewish day school educators (and as parents) to truly know and understand each child, to allow his or

Emunah of America Participates in Leadership Mission and 10th World Emunah Convention in Israel

A delegation of senior figures in Emunah of America attended World Emunah’s 2017 Leadership Mission in Israel, and represented the U.S. at the movement’s 10th Annual Convention this week. The delegation, which included women from across the country, was led by Karen Spitalnick, national president of Emunah of America,

Landsmanschaft Organization Publishes English Translation of Yizkor Book

The United Zembrover Society, a landsmanschaft organization of Jews from the town of Zambrow, has published an English translation of its Yizkor book, “The Book of Zambrow” (Sefer Zambrow). Published in Yiddish and Hebrew in 1963, “The Book of Zambrow” is a memorial book to prewar Jewish life in the eastern Polish town of Zambrow.

The Halachic Plight of the Modern-Day Agunah

Reviewing Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality. By A. Yehuda Warburg. (2017) Urim Publications. 384 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 965524251X.

“Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality” is the third in a series of volumes that deal with an introduction to the

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