Monday, February 17, 2020


Study the Talmud: A Retrospective on Herman Wouk and His (Very Jewish) Life

Herman Wouk passed on May 17, of this year, just a few days before his 104th birthday. A Pulitzer Prize winner (“The Caine Mutiny,” 1951) and prolific author, Wouk endured great criticism of his work throughout his career, including a good deal from his fellow Jews. Yet he never let this deter him from writing. As he gained

Again, But Not Again

In Parshat Naso the Torah tells of the Nesi’im, the leaders of each tribe, giving gifts to the Mishkan. Each gift was exactly the same, and yet the Torah lists each one, repeating the details twelve times. Why is this? Why not just stop after the first gift and say “and all the others gave the same?”

National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene Production Explores Spiritual Resistance

As part of their season’s theme of “Spiritual Resistance,” the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene (NYTF) will present the 2015 David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play-Writing Contest winning entry, “When Blood Ran Red,” written by Montreal-based playwright Ben Gonshor. The two performances will take place at the

NYS AG Meets Westchester Jewish Leadership

On Thursday, May 23, over 200 people attended the annual UJA Westchester Government Relations Legislative Breakfast held at Temple Israel Center in White Plains.

In his opening remarks, Joseph Rafalowicz, chair of UJA’s Westchester Government Relations, revealed that “this is the

How to Write a Resume That Gets Noticed

If you work, you need a resume. Yes, even if you are not looking for a new job!

You see, your resume serves as a history of your work life. Your resume provides a timeline of your professional self and highlights your skills and achievements, your education and experience. It is worthwhile to

Jewish History in the NY Times Is Repeating Itself

It’s been a rueful coincidence.

When teaching Jewish history, it is mostly unfortunate when events repeat. Yet, there are teaching moments that make a classroom stand still.

This moment came to my Jewish history classroom with the morning paper and intersected with

Lashon Hara ‘Doesn’t Speak to Me!’ 

A new initiative has just started in America, starting with 1,000 cool and colorful bracelets distributed at Yeshivat He’Atid in Teaneck. Pninit Boev and Naomi Harimi are volunteers who are heading up “Lashon Hara Doesn’t Speak to Me.” This project has a powerful message and is geared toward all

CIJE Innovation Day Celebrates Student Innovations

(Courtesy of CIJE) The Seventh Annual CIJE Innovation Day took place on May 19 at the historical Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey. This event was the culmination of a year of diligence and perseverance on the part of close to 1,500 young innovators and visionaries, representing 44 schools from

Creating Mensches in an Increasingly Hostile World

As both an educator and a social worker, I am acutely aware of the responsibility of schools to not only prepare students academically for future success, but to also foster character development. In our increasingly hostile world, where hate speech is commonplace and students fear for their safety in the wake of shootings at

Words With the Same Three-Letter Roots: Must They Be Related?

When words have the same three-root letters, our initial assumption should be that the words are related and our task should be discover the relationship. A straightforward example is shin-caf-mem. This word means “shoulder” (e.g., Gen. 9:23).These three letters are also the root of the word “va-yashkem.” “Va-yashkem” means

On Losing a Friend: Dr. Vivian Mann, z”l, Jewish Art Historian, Dies at Age 75

My friend, Dr. Vivian Eisenberg Mann, passed away on Monday, May 6, at the home of her children, Drs. Shari and Ranon Mann of Teaneck. A noted Jewish art historian and curator emerita, Mann served as the Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at the Jewish Museum from 1979-2008, where she organized many

Frisch Seniors Lobby in Washington

On Thursday, May 2, a large majority of the 179 seniors at the Frisch School took an annual trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby members of Congress on the topic of Israel. The students split into 16 groups of approximately 10 students per group, with each group lobbying one or two members of Congress. They visited 32 members of

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