Wednesday, June 26, 2019


The Chesed Mindset: A Personal Reflection

In a previous life, I worked in a job in which I received about one hundred emails a day, most of which demanded some kind of response. Needless to say, I came to despise that inbox.

A number of months ago, I had to sit

Endearing Closeness

A few years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a week in Eretz Yisrael with our bechor, Shalom, in honor of his bar mitzvah. It was a special trip and we had the zechus to meet a few gedolei Yisrael and enjoy seeing some of the beauty of the land.

Dropping the Five-Second Rule

Drop everything! Unless it’s food, because scientists have recently discovered that the “five-second rule” is not backed by science.

Thanks a lot. We already knew that.

Keep Up the Pressure on Airbnb

Since Airbnb, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, announced its decision last month to remove listings of “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” (i.e., Jewish-owned properties in Judea and Samaria), there have been three basic responses in the Jewish

The Hypocrisy of Chanukah? Yes!

Want to clickbait a rabbi? Easy. Write an article in the Times, title it “The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah” and you’re done.

Indeed, as soon as I saw the title I

Can a Kindergartner Respond to Pittsburgh?

When a tragedy occurs in the world, day schools—and schools in general—ask themselves the same questions: Do we respond or not? If yes, how do we respond in an age-appropriate way? These questions are obvious but not simple. Each event requires the same system of analysis, ideally based on a

Understanding Yosef

Reviewing: “Was Yosef on the Spectrum? Understanding Joseph Through Torah, Midrash and Classical Jewish Sources” by Samuel J. Levine. Urim Publications. 2018. English. Hardcover. 141 pages. ISBN-13:

From Myrtle Beach to Chanukah: Infusing Meaning Into Our Everyday Lives

It was only a few hours on two plane rides, but where we ended up was a world away. I am talking about a trip I recently had the privilege to go on with 10 young men from Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA). This trip, coordinated in partnership with NCSY, brought

SINAI at Ma’ayanot Students Get Active and Involved in Veterans Day 5K

When Ilana Picker, one of the head teachers at SINAI’s Karasick Shalem High School at Ma’ayanot, heard about the upcoming Veterans Day Hero 5K Run at Bergen Community College, she knew immediately that the experience would be perfect for her SINAI

Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2018 

On Wednesday, November 28, The Bronx Jewish Historical Initiative, in conjunction with the Bronx Borough President’s office, inducted its 2018 Hall of Fame class. This fourth annual event was held once again at the Bronx Museum of Art. This year, the event was emceed by Michelle “Michal” Divon, Israeli journalist and

Bimshoch Hayovel: Celebrating a Triad of Milestones

The religious and spiritual identity of Modern Orthodox adolescents and young adults in our community are shaped by their experiences in various educational, familial and communal structures. These primarily include six specific settings (in no specific order):

Yonkers Celebrates Chanukah

Chanukah starts this year at sundown on Sunday, December 2. To kick off the eight day holiday, there will be a special menorah lighting at the Fountain Plaza of Ridge Hill Shopping Center, located at 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard. People are asked to come starting at 3:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to

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