Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Refusing to Listen; Refusing to Believe

Parshat Shemot

When commenting on this week’s haftarah over these past years, we have searched for a logical connection to the parsha. After all, the parsha focuses upon the years of

What Is Life Worth? Thoughts on the Siyum HaShas

Author’s note: This brief talk was presented at the Hadran Women’s Siyyum Ha-Shas in Jerusalem on January 5, 2020, 8 Tevet 5780.

A Tragedy Darkens the Light in Monsey: Responding Responsibly to Your Family

Project Chai, the crisis intervention department of Chai Lifeline, offers practical suggestions and words of chizuk for parents, educators and community leaders on addressing the Monsey attack. 

Listen to a recording from Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, director of Project Chai: Dial-in number: (605)

Help Support the Rimel Family Following Tragic Car Accident

The shocking news of a tragic car accident in Israel two weeks ago that took the lives of two members of the Rimel family and critically injured two others has devastated the Jewish community in Israel and in America. Tzippi Rimel, a mother of five and beloved school teacher, and her newborn baby Noam Rachel, were killed when a

Walter Shuchatowitz, Founder Of Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy: ‘Visionary’ and ‘Guiding Soul’

Walter Shuchatowitz, Founder Of Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy: ‘Visionary’ and ‘Guiding Soul’

(Courtesy of BCHA) Walter Shuchatowitz, founder and former longtime principal of Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy in Stamford, died Wednesday, Nov. 27. He was 92.

Monsey’s Community Will Not Be ‘Cowed’

Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home on Forshay Road in Monsey, New York, Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby synagogue, making for a far different scene from the night beforehand.

On Saturday night,

Explaining Anti-Semitism to Our Children 

ADL reports a doubling of anti-Semitic assaults from 2017 to 2018; anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City are up 63% compared to 2018. Pittsburgh, Poway, Jersey City…

It is hard to overlook the dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents that culminated last week with the violent and fatal assault

To React and Expand: Essential Messages for The House, Schoolhouse and Holy House

In this season of applications, admissions and explorations, whether they be for summer programs, high schools or colleges, it is a good time to step back and ask ourselves the classic question of what we really want for our children and our students.

In his book “The Childhood Roots of Adult

Chanukah Traditions, Then and Now

Sonia Kam, who lives in Riverdale, likes to talk about her happy family life and celebrating Chanukah and other Jewish holidays while living in Belgium as a young girl. Kam, who is turning 89 on New Year’s Day, especially liked Chanukah, when she was given small gifts from her parents and coins for riding the merry-go-round, and

Lessons From the Chanukah Menorah

As we walk through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem to the Western Wall many visitors come across the golden replica of the temple Menorah. The Temple Institute has recreated many of the artifacts and utensils that were once used in the past two temples, the Batei Hamikdash.Our religion and traditions are inextricably tied to the temples and

‘That Jewish Moment’ Illustrates Jewish Pride

Reviewing: “That Jewish Moment: Positive Thoughts and Moments from Life as an Observant Jew,” by Sari Kopitnikoff. Ideastrator Press. 2019. English. Paperback. 118 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0578613055.

As Jews, we’ve all experienced a moment in our lives when

The Miracle of Disability

From a young age, I was taught to recognize miracles.

In grade school, my teachers underscored the multifaceted significance of our unprecedented Exodus from Egypt, emphasized the Purim story’s remarkable reversal of fortune and highlighted Chanukah’s inexplicable spiritual and

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