Monday, October 23, 2017


I Can’t Get Otto Warmbier Out of My Head

Otto Warmbier. I can’t get this tragedy out of my head.

There’s been more than our fair share of the horrific multiple shootings, where mass killings have resulted in unspeakable sadness. It seems like one 24-hour news cycle just hands off another unspeakable incident to the next

On Becoming a ‘Soul Doctor’

One of the towering figures of Jewish education in America remains Samson Benderly, z”l.

Born in Safed, Palestine, in 1876, Benderly emigrated with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1898. By the time he died, in 1944, he had left his indelible imprint on the shaping of the institutions of American Jewish education that we know today.

It almost

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Ordains Newest Class

Riverdale—On Thursday, June 15, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School graduated its newest class. Among the graduates were several local residents. 

Dan Margulies, son of Dr. Donna Vogel and Dr. David Margulies of Bethesda, Maryland, received his BA in

Josef Guttman:  The Gentle Grocer

As a kid in the ’70s, I would shop at C Town in the heart of Riverdale. It was a small supermarket, presided over by a Jewish grocer who was a kind, grandfatherly man who bounced between aisles and manned the deli counter. I never learned his name. He spoke kindly to his employees, mainly Irish teens, and was always forthcoming

What Will They Think of Next?

As parents and teachers, we know that various stressors impact our children’s ability to focus and pay attention, take notes, do homework, study or take tests. We also know that each child has a distinct learning style. Some children cannot sit for long periods of time without getting fidgety. Some need to chew

OU’s Allen Fagin Takes Questions on Education Policy 

Q: Why should people in New York’s Jewish communities care about what happens in the New York budget?

A: The fact is the New York State budget provides tens of millions of dollars in funding that can be accessed by yeshivot and day schools. State and local budgets impact nearly every facet of

The Future of DACA

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has issued several executive orders (EOs) that have affected the country’s immigration policies, and regardless of one’s political leanings, many can agree that these EOs have resulted in a significant impact on our communities. One area of immigration that President Trump has spoken

The Midbar—a Place of Change

Parshat Bamidbar

Sefer Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers, gets its English title from the Greek translation of Chazal’s appellation of the book, Sefer Hapekudim, the Book of Numbers. The opening words of our haftarah, therefore, are quite fitting, as the navi Amos begins with the promise

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a film embedded in the psyche of every American. It teaches the need to silence outside noise in order to arrive at one’s essence. On Shavuot we were given the advantage that God Himself expunged the outside noise and brought silence to the world by Matan Torah, but during the rest of the year that’s our

Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton Touches Over 1,000

Over 1,000 people from 120 families attended Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton on May 5-7 at Crowne Plaza in Stamford, Connecticut, and 140 volunteer staff helped to make the event a success.

“Yachad takes great pride in being able to host a weekend devoted to

Study Equates Prenuptial Agreements With Marital Satisfaction in Orthodox Community

New York—A recently published study found a higher level of marital satisfaction among Orthodox Jews who signed a religious prenuptial agreement. It also found that signing an agreement was not associated with potential concerns; there was no greater tendency among signees to have a difficult adjustment to marriage or to consider

Share Your ‘Big Day’ With Those Less Fortunate

In anticipation of their big day, Ronit and Binny are not only focusing on their invitations, caterer, band etc., they are also thinking about how they can make their special day even more meaningful. In planning their wedding, they are working to arrange the donation of all the surplus food from their celebration to those less

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