Friday, August 23, 2019


Tzedaka Yomi: Changing the World $1 at a Time

Dr. Jonathan Donath wants to change the world, one dollar at a time. Several months ago he was at a Maariv minyan at the Young Israel of White Plains and put a dollar in the tzedaka box. He realized his next day’s busy schedule wouldn’t allow him the time to get to shul.

Voice and Choice: Empowering Students in Tefillah

As adults, we take for granted the opportunity to craft our own tefillah experiences. Some of us prefer the quick hashkama minyan. Some of us prefer the “ruach” minyan with more singing that is, well, less quick. Some prefer a minyan that is absolutely silent, and some

Talmud Israeli Begins the Week of December 30

Talmud Israeli-Daf Yomi for US invites you to complete Masechet Megillah in honor of Purim with its innovative learning program. Beginning the week of December 30, participating students will have the experience of learning an entire masechet in the 11 weeks before Purim.

Shimon Peres: The Early Years

I base this column on “Shimon Peres: The Biography,” by Michael Bar-Zohar (2007), parts I and II.

Bar-Zohar writes in the

Friendship Circle Provides Happy Times for CT Families

Inspired by Chabad and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Friendship Circle in Fairfield County is one of the fastest-growing Jewish organizations in the area. Located on Hope Street, in Stamford, Connecticut, the organization has worked with more than 764 volunteers since 2000,

How to Pray Better

Reviewing: “Siddur Avodat HaLev,” by Rabbinical Council of America. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2018. Hebrew/English edition. Hardcover. 1346 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9653019362.

The Chesed Mindset: A Personal Reflection

In a previous life, I worked in a job in which I received about one hundred emails a day, most of which demanded some kind of response. Needless to say, I came to despise that inbox.

A number of months ago, I had to sit

Endearing Closeness

A few years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a week in Eretz Yisrael with our bechor, Shalom, in honor of his bar mitzvah. It was a special trip and we had the zechus to meet a few gedolei Yisrael and enjoy seeing some of the beauty of the land.

Dropping the Five-Second Rule

Drop everything! Unless it’s food, because scientists have recently discovered that the “five-second rule” is not backed by science.

Thanks a lot. We already knew that.

Keep Up the Pressure on Airbnb

Since Airbnb, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, announced its decision last month to remove listings of “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” (i.e., Jewish-owned properties in Judea and Samaria), there have been three basic responses in the Jewish

The Hypocrisy of Chanukah? Yes!

Want to clickbait a rabbi? Easy. Write an article in the Times, title it “The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah” and you’re done.

Indeed, as soon as I saw the title I

Can a Kindergartner Respond to Pittsburgh?

When a tragedy occurs in the world, day schools—and schools in general—ask themselves the same questions: Do we respond or not? If yes, how do we respond in an age-appropriate way? These questions are obvious but not simple. Each event requires the same system of analysis, ideally based on a

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