Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Hair Today


 Last Friday, as President Trump took the podium at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he noticed his own reflection on television and remarked that he would love to hear that guy speak. He then turned around and began fixing his hair, and announced: “I try… to hide

Bronx and Westchester Residents Prep for NORPAC 2018

On April 25, Bronx and Westchester residents will join over 1,000 tri-state participants in the 2018 NORPAC Mission to Washington, in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Twenty-five buses from 14 locations in New York and New Jersey will be used for this single-day

The ‘Truths’ My Teachers Told Me

While on break this week, I had a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of my school and the endless “to do” lists that seem to chase me and climb upon my shoulders each day. 

Elevate Your Prayer Experience

Reviewing: “Koren Rav Kook Siddur” by Avraham Yitzchak haKohen Kook. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Hebrew/English edition. 2017. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 9653017543. $34.93.

Out to Lunch

We live in a society that is obsessed with eating. And that extends to criminals too. You’d think criminals would be obsessed with money, but no, they’re obsessed with food, just like you and me. (Mostly me.)

Our first story today

Talking With Teens About a Sad Day in Florida

It was ridiculously warm outside late Tuesday afternoon.

And the last thing my Jewish day school high school students wanted to do was stay

Lev HaTorah Receives Hesder Yeshiva Status 

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, located in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, is the first Anglo yeshiva to be accepted into the Organization of Hesder Yeshivot (Igud Yeshivot HaHesder). The significance of this designation is that any student at Lev HaTorah can now decide to

Hamantashen: The Debate Continues

Hamantashen, the traditional triangular cookie of Purim, commemorates Haman’s three-pointed hat. It really is a simple process to create hamantashen. One must cut circles from a sheet of dough and place a filling in the center of the circle. The baker will then fold the

HIR Asks: ‘Need a Costume?’

This year’s annual HIR Purim costume swap was another phenomenal success. The event, help on February 4, was organized by Kathy Goldstein. Although Goldstein has been organizing summer and winter clothing swaps for the past two years, this

Are Purim Customs a Guide for Being a Good Person?

Human nature is a funny thing. At the root of our being we have a list of basic needs that range from interconnectivity, purpose and personal growth to egocentricity, survival and selfishness. How does one balance these to find a satisfactory equilibrium?

Inspiration at the Vatican

Serving as the president of the New York Board of Rabbis has been quite an experience. In this capacity, I have had the privilege to visit the West Wing; engage in dialogue with leadership of other faith communities; interact with our governor, mayor and

Camp Slapshots Eagerly Anticipates 16th Summer at New Yavneh Academy Location

Camp Slapshots, a religious sports day camp founded in 2003, is moving its base of operations to  Yavneh Academy this year. Run by a staff dedicated to teaching life skills and the importance of sportsmanship, the camp is open to elementary and

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