Monday, September 25, 2017


Simchas Go High Tech, From the Comfort of a Smartphone

Was it only a decade ago that “high tech wedding” referred to scanning items to add to a registry? Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of programs and apps, both free and fee-based, to help couples plan their big day.

Do these services really help? Or do they

‘Perpetuating the Light’: A Tribute to Professor Yaffa Eliach, a”h, on Her Shloshim

Since the opening of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC in 1993, over 40 million visitors have walked through its portals and viewed the “Tower of Life.” A haunting, three-story canyon of 1500 photographs, the “Tower” sums up the greatest lifetime achievement of Professor Yaffa Eliach: that of

YU’s GPATS Provides High-Level Judaic Learning Opportunities for Girls

New York—A new initiative from Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) will provide new opportunities for local high school girls to engage in high-level Judaic studies with the support and mentorship of GPATS students and faculty.

Called Sunday Night Learning:

Skeletons in the Closet

One morning last week, my wife and I woke up to find that our closet bar had collapsed. Frankly, I’m surprised it held on as long as it did.

Not too long, though. Yes, our house was built in 1937, but until we moved in, the bedroom had no closet. Because why on earth would a master

Was the Forbidden Fruit in Gan Eden an Apple?

The forbidden fruit in Gan Eden is typically depicted as an apple in modern Western art and in millions of cartoons. But where does this belief come from? Exactly what was eaten is not mentioned in the story, other than that it was a pri from an etz.

Before I get to the origin of the apple idea,

Tips for Happy Hosting on Chanukah

For many people Chanukah is a non-stop party, with events and celebrations happening every night. Especially if you’re the host, it can feel a little hectic.  With these insider party tips, you can throw a gourmet party without over-exerting yourself.

A Twist on Tradition

Kosherica Announces Luxurious Cruise Vacations and Passover Resorts

Kosherica, the glatt kosher travel and leisure giant, is famous for its extraordinary attention to detail, exceptional fresh glatt kosher cuisine and world-class entertainment. This upcoming year, Kosherica will provide guests with the most sought-after luxury resorts and cruise lines in the world. This

Historic Scranton Hotel to Host Yeshiva Week Getaway

The Radisson Lackawanna Station, a six-story landmark hotel in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, will serve as host to the annual Yeshiva-week Shabbos getaways, to be held on January 20-22 and January 27-29.

Constructed in 1908, the building originally served as a train

‘With Might and Strength’ Tells Rabbi Shlomo Goren’s Story

Review of ‘“With Might and Strength”: An Autobiography,’ Edited by Avi Rath & translated by Miryam Blum. (2016) Maggid Books. Hardcover. 457 pages. ISBN-10: 1592644090.

I have long been fascinated by the personality and psakim (halachic rulings) of Rabbi Shlomo

Rabbi Paysach Krohn Is a Sparkling Storyteller

Reviewing: “Illuminations of the Maggid,” by Paysach Krohn (2016), Hardcover: Artscroll. ISBN-10: 1422618226

This may be Rabbi Paysach Krohn’s best Maggid book. As one reads story after story (it is almost impossible to put it down, so know that you may become sleep

‘Trouble Ahead’ Provides Lessons for Young Readers

(Excerpted from Holt’s latest novel, “Trouble Ahead,” the second in the Achdus Club series)

The shrilling noise crept into her consciousness even as Ruthie Somerfield wanted to ignore the sound. She tried covering her head with her pillow, but the alarm just kept wailing.

‘Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup’ Is a Wonderful Cliché

Review of ‘Emunah with Love and Chicken Soup: The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, the Brooklyn-born Girl Who Became a Jerusalem Legend.’ By Sara Yoheved Rigler (2016). Hardcover. 576 pages. ArtScroll Shaar Press. ISBN-10: 1422618358.

Okay, you’ve heard all the clichés,

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