Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Only Seven Styles of UGGs Must Be Checked for Shatnez

On February 18, Rabbi Yair Hoffman of the Five Towns Jewish Times reported that several pairs of shoes manufactured by the American company Dexter UGG, formerly known as UGG Australia, had been found to contain shatnez, a biblically prohibited mixture of wool and linen. The issue creating the initial concern was a pair of

This Is What a Zionist Looks Like

Four inspirational women will receive Champions of Zion awards on Tuesday, March 12, at the UJA Federation of New York’s annual UJA Women Heart Matters luncheon in New York City. This year’s Heart Matters gala will celebrate the theme “This Is What a Zionist Looks Like,” and will

Understanding Our Role in the Next World

Reviewing: “Illuminating Jewish Thought: Explorations of Free Will, the Afterlife and the Messianic Era,” by Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank. The Toby Press; Maggid Books and RIETS Press. 2018. English. Hardcover. 686 pages. ISBN: 9781592644988.

Legendary Yeshiva University Professor of English

What Is Educational Philosophy?

When school administrators are interviewed for their positions, one of the standard questions they are asked concerns their philosophy of education. This is true for limudei kodesh as well as general studies. The underlying assumption being that the head of school or principal will implement this philosophy as a supervisor and educational

Rash, Rash, Rash 

One of the most popular customs for Purim is to drown out the name of the villain, Haman, with a noisemaker. In Hebrew, it is called a ra’ashan; in Yiddish, it is a grogger which comes from the Polish word for rattle.

The origin of this custom comes from the Book of Exodus 17:4: “For I will

How to Help Yourself When You’re Helping Others

A colleague of mine recently attended an educational conference. She met a teacher during a session about working with students who have experienced trauma. The teacher said she knew how to help traumatized students, but asked wonderingly, “How do I help me? You have to get into their lives in order to teach them. And their trauma is

Yeshiva University Launches YUTorah App: Largest Audio Torah Resource

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Thanks to a generous donation by Marcos and Adina Katz, YU is proud to announce the introduction of its YUTorah App. Providing anywhere-in-the-world access to, the largest audio Torah website in the world, users will now be able to listen to more than 180,000 shiurim and over 2,000

More Light and Less Heat: Jews and Abortion in Secular Law Contexts

New York State’s passing a recent abortion law inspired a flurry of statements by Jewish organizations expressing halacha’s opposition. The hubbub suggests Jewish tradition has a clear view of how Jews should react to secular abortion laws, when such is not the case.

Stamford Daf Yomi Approaches Its Third Siyum

Beginning in December 1996, a small group of members of Congregation Agudath Sholom, (CAS) in Stamford, Connecticut, embarked on a seven and a half year schedule to learn all 2,711 pages of the Talmud at the rate of one page per day. A former member named David Cohen organized and inaugurated

Manger-Lieberman Mikvah Spurs Stamford’s Growth

 Since 2011, the Jewish community of Stamford has operated a state-of-the-art mikvah, enhancing Jewish life in the area. The Minnie Manger—Marcia Lieberman Mikvah is located behind Congregation Agudath Sholom. The facility is dedicated in memory of a beloved mother and daughter,

The Av and the Rav: A Timely and Timeless Lens on the Home/School Partnership

With a weekly session with individual students, a biweekly meeting with the parents and a monthly conference with both parents and teachers, I spent the 1995-96 academic year participating in what was then known in the Teaneck Public School District as

Community Researchers Launch Marriage Study

Much has been said in recent years about the difficulties many singles in the Orthodox Jewish community have faced finding their intended, with the often used term “shidduch crisis” sparking fear and hysteria in the hearts of many. Hoping to shed further light on the growing singles

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