Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Farmer Kobi Comes for Chanukah

Get Karen Rostoker-Gruber’s “Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match” at Barnes and Noble this holiday season and have fun reading with the whole family. 

In 2016, “Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match” became a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, was a 2016 Winner of the Church and Synagogue

Al HaNissim, the Hidden in Plain Sight

Purim, Pesach and Chanukah all have something in common. They all involve miracles. Yet, on Pesach, the holiday with the most remarkable miracles: the ten plagues, the splitting of a sea, a movable pillar of fire, etc., we do not recite Al HaNissim. Why? What is it about Purim and Chanukah that warrants Al HaNissim, while Pesach does not?

ShabbosLite Spreads Light 

Chanukah, of course, is the celebration of the Jewish people coming from the darkness into the light. And since I work in the lighting business, I’ve been bringing folks into the light for more than 40 years! 

I’ve seen so many changes in lighting technology over the decades, but nothing is

TheGiftBox Includes Pets in the Chanukah Fun

As you shop for all the friends and family on your list this year, there’s an important recipient to consider: your pet. Before sniffing around the aisles of Target, Petco or any other big-name store, check out TheGiftBox.com’s boxes for cats and dogs at www.PetGiftBox.com, an online retailer that locates high-end pet

Medicare Myths: Has the Medicare Media Blitz Brainwashed You Yet?

As an expert on appropriate Medicare plans for my clients, if I had a penny for all the Medicare myths I keep hearing day after day from those who become clients and even those who do not I would not have to be educating and assisting the Medicare population as I do each day. Here are a few. 

Please do

Middle School Student Leaders Learn to Become ‘Upstanders’

The fear and worry that transformed the American Jewish community when a gunman slaughtered 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue on a Shabbat morning a few weeks ago were profound. American Jews, in anguish over the event, started seeing themselves as part of a larger community, with the need not only to mourn together but

Lee First: The Queen of Riverdale 

If Riverdale’s Jewish community had a queen, it would be Lee First.

Lee helped shape Riverdale’s vibrant Orthodox community. She has lived there for two generations, through many ups and downs. Everyone with any connection to Riverdale seems to know “Judge

Shpielmans ‘Baby Shark’ Chanukah Video Tops 25,000 Views

The Shpielmans, the uniquely detailed and soulfully crafted Jewish figurine set, have made history… again. The Jewish Link reported two weeks ago that The Shpielmans were featured in a video version of the popular “Baby Shark” song, called “The Shpielmans Baby Shark Chanukah Video.”

The 13-Year Tragedy of Gaza

The infrastructure of hope that was supposed to have been built has been replaced with the infrastructure of hate.

The United Nations—the incredibly morally defunct, hypocritical organization that thinks it has some kind of higher moral authority to dictate to others—said that a new

Empowering Students to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

On Monday morning, Oct. 29, in Jewish day schools all across the country, heads of school, teachers and other professional staff — myself among them — spoke with students about the horrific massacre of 11 Jews praying in a Pittsburgh synagogue on the previous Shabbat. 

We spoke and we also

Medicare Myths: Has the Medicare Media Blitz Brainwashed You Yet?

As an expert on appropriate Medicare plans for my clients, if I had a penny for all the Medicare myths I keep hearing day after day from those who become clients and even those who do not I would not have to be educating and assisting the Medicare population as I do each day. Here are a few. 

Please do

Food: Now in More Colors

People sometimes ask me why I write about Kosherfest every year. After all, Kosherfest is a trade show, and as such, it’s really only open to people in the kosher food industry. Though I suppose that technically, every Jew is in the kosher food industry. In fact, according to official reports, there were at least 6,000 people there, and they were all in the same

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