Saturday, July 20, 2019


From Morocco to Riverdale: An Interview With Mrs. Chantal Firstman

Riverdale—Chantal Firstman has a unique history as a Moroccan émigré, with Arabic as her native language.  Today, while she is very much a part of the American Jewish culture, her Moroccan roots shine through in her history and her traditions.

Chantal was born in

Elijah’s Journey: A Pesach Seder Supplement

To be read at the seder, when the door is opened for Elijah:

Tonight we reflect on Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the Prophet. Tonight we dream of Elijah visiting our Seder; not to eat — but to serve as the precursor to the Messiah.

On Pesach, we pray for the Messianic Age — a time when humanity will live in shalom, peace, that is not only physical, but

A Modern Dayenu

If I only had to get my nails done, dayenu

If I only had to get my sheitel blown, dayenu

If I only had to clean the car, dayenu

If I only had to shop and pay for new shirts and shoes for the kids, dayenu

Understanding Wine Scores

The very best method for exploring wine is to taste it—as often as possible, and preferably with good food, friends, and family. Because there is a seemingly endless number of different wines out there, however, specialists or wine critics have emerged to help consumers make sense of it all, and make informed wine purchases.


New York City (Manhattan):

Abigael’s - 1407 Broadway

Butterfish – 550 Madison Ave

Colbeh – 32 W 39th St

Eighteen Restaurant – 240 East 81st St




Legoland Discovery Center

39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710 / 866-243-0770

One of Westchester’s top kids attractions and one of the

The Top Ten Rules of Conflict Resolution

A lot of times in my work, I see couples who say that they need to work on their “communication.” This usually means that they are communicating loudly and often, but somehow are not able to resolve conflict effectively. Here, I present my personal ten commandments for resolving conflict and fighting fair. I will refer to a

The Consummate Ambassador

Yehuda Avner, who served by the side of five Israeli prime ministers and as ambassador to three countries, died on Tuesday at the age of 86.

Avner, born in Manchester, England, in 1928, immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1947 and fought in Israel’s War of Independence. He was

Finding the Right Therapist

Often times, I am approached by friends or family who are seeking therapy but are hesitant to start because they are concerned about finding a therapist who will be the right fit for them. In some cases, they’ve attempted therapy in the past, but for whatever reason, found that they didn’t “click” with their therapist, which tainted

Planning Your Simcha Backwards Ensures a Joyful Outcome

Planning a simcha for our children should be one of life’s greatest joys. Reaching those milestones in life and being able to share it with your friends and family are the moments that you will always remember. A wedding and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah are the two most celebrated events in our lives. But of course, with every joyful

Feeling Blue, in the Biblical Sense: Return of Tekhelet Dye Revives Lost Mitzvah

One wouldn’t expect to find hundreds of snails in a landlocked town like Kfar Adumim, situated in the desert east of Jerusalem. Yet there they are, albeit mostly reduced to powder, having been shipped in from the Adriatic Sea for a purpose as old as the Torah itself.

Millions of Jews

Eating Out During Pesach: Ashkenazim at the Homes of Sephardim

Jewish communities throughout the world and especially in Israel have been blessed in recent decades to have Sephardim and Ashkenazim living in the same communities.  There is even a high percentage of marriages between Sephardim and Ashkenazim leading to a variety of questions dealing with the variations in their Halachic practices. One

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