Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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מדור לדור: Reflections on My Mother’s Legacy

“בנתה משפחה מאוחדת באהבה מלאה, She built a unified family with complete and total love.” It is a simple yet profound inscription so befitting for my mother, Lenore Malina, z”l. She never sought pizzazz or material goods; her objective was to build a cohesive and happy

Olam Chesed: The ‘Wow’ Charity You’ve Never Heard Of

The National Council of Jewish Charities, or Olam Chesed, is “The largest chesed organization that no one had ever heard about…an untold story,” said Rabbi Mordechai Roizman, the founder of this “billion-dollar-big” non-profit corporation. As part of their

‘Hartsig’ Folksbiene Yiddish ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ Extends Run to November 18

Performed to packed audiences since its opening on July 4, the Folksbiene’s Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof” production has extended its run to November 18. Even with these additional performances, tickets are at a premium. There is also talk circulating that the show may be moving to Broadway where it

What a Wonderful World

These days people complain a lot. Politics, weather, sports, yeshiva tuition, work, bullying, taxes etc. Although there are plenty of things to legitimately grouse about, we sometimes tend to create even more issues to harp on. It never ends!

Fred Spinowitz Brings ‘Peace’ to New Rochelle HS

ART4PEACE, a juried exhibition sponsored by New Rochelle High School (NRHS) and The New Rochelle Art Association (NRAA), will provide an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work in the NRHS Art Gallery for one month beginning October 15.

Mi Yodei’a Yashuv: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Perspectives on the Yamim Noraim

The placement of a comma makes all the difference in the world.  In a classic example, there is a very big difference between “Let’s eat grandma” and “Let’s eat, grandma.” Similarly, the question as to the placement of a comma in the phrase “Mi yodeia yashuv v’nicham haElokim” (Yonah 3:9)

What Does God Expect?

On Yom Kippur, we are privileged to read two haftarot: the first, read during Shacharit, is taken from Sefer Yishayahu, while the second haftarah, read at Mincha, is the entire Sefer Yonah. While the story of Yonah emphasizes Hashem’s capacity to forgive, the selection from the 57th and 58th prakim of

A Summer of Exploration 

For most Jewish day schools, a central component of our mission is to prepare students to engage effectively with the broader world and interact confidently with people whose perspectives may be very different from their own—while maintaining unwavering strength in their individual Jewish identities. How

From the Heart

A few years ago, Chani took our younger children to one of the local Jewish owned shoe stores to buy shoes. The store had a section with slides and climbing toys for children.

Our (then) 5-year-old daughter Chayala was playing on

Reading Chanah Through Other Eyes

Every year we read on Rosh Hashanah about the pain and struggle of infertile women; Sarah faced her challenges and was eventually rewarded with a son, and Chanah had a tremendous journey before having her son. We have all read these stories numerous times and I have written before that they are an

A High Holidays Plea: Listen to Each Other on Israel’s Nation-State Debate

(This article first appeared in JTA.) The High Holidays are approaching. It is a time when Jews worldwide join together in the spirit of camaraderie, pouring out their hearts for a good new year.

But the lead-up this year has been

Orthodox Jewish Teen Becomes First ‘Chopped’ Champion Who Keeps Kosher

A 12-year-old from Staten Island, New York, became the first Orthodox Jew to win the Food Network cooking competition “Chopped” in an episode that aired last week.

Rachel Goldzal, known as Rachi to her friends, who took home

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