Words can take on different meanings depending upon our own preconceptions. These perceptions are the target of the marketing and media campaigns that we are inundated with on a regular basis. For instance, in recent years, “used” cars have been advertised as “pre-owned.” Pre-owned sounds so much better than used. In our
Two months ago, I had never heard of 13 Reasons Why. I had no idea that topics of suicide, bullying, boys degrading girls, low self-esteem, poor sense of self, violence, sexual assault and loneliness would be brought out in such a dramatic, shocking and dangerous forum on Netflix. I had no idea that a show like this would be
I remember years ago in Teacher’s College reading a book titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” by Robert Fulghum. Reading the Haggadah this Pesach, I began thinking that for us in early childhood education, someone should write a book called “All I Really Need to Know about Teaching Children I
Riverdale—I first met K. Heidi Fishman when I attended a Highlights Foundation conference called “Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books.” It was there that Fishman was working on drafts of what would become her recently released first book, a children’s Holocaust novel, titled “Tutti’s Promise,” which
On Monday, May 15, communities across the United States will join together in dining at participating kosher restaurants to feed hungry Israelis.
Ten percent of proceeds will go toward funding Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens in Israel. There are 1.7 million Israelis who live in
Oahu—When my husband told me his next conference of the ISLH, the International Society of Laboratory Hematologists, would be held in Honolulu, my ears perked up just a bit (that’s an understatement; I pretty much hopped up and down with excitement). It had been a long, cold winter
This past week, I, along with my fellow members of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, New Jersey, experienced the great loss of Magda Burger Sternbach, z”l, 90, a builder of this community who moved here from the Bronx in 1972 with her husband, Max Sternbach, z”l, who passed away in 2005. A refined, regal woman
One of the great questions confronted by thoughtful Jews is the role of Hashem in the Holocaust. While many thinkers address this issue, a most powerful approach is articulated by Rav Yisrael Lau in his book “Out of the Depths.” The fact that Rav Lau experienced the Holocaust with all of its
Attempts to deny the Holocaust or to compare Nazi behavior to that of the IDF continue unabated. On October 12, 87-year-old Ursula Hedwig Meta Haverbeck-Wetzel, an author and Holocaust denier, was sentenced for the third time to a German prison for denying the Holocaust. What is especially troubling is that this behavior is no
Today we’re discussing the prevalent opinion that selfies are signaling the decline of civilization. We’re going to use a simple Q&A format, because the decline has already started.
What are selfies? A selfie is a picture that you take of yourself, using a handheld device, of you
With deep sadness, we inform you of the passing of our beloved friend, Yonkers resident and long-time member of the Lincoln Park Jewish Center, and our mentor, Dr. Harold Keltz, who went to his eternal reward on Shabbat, April 15, at Montefiore Hospital, 11 days before his 86th birthday. Dr. Keltz reportedly succumbed to a cardiac
In the weeks before Pesach, Jewish families around the globe are busy with the joyful but frenzied preparations for Yom Tov. Cleaning, cooking and Seder prep add up to an enormous investment of time and effort. Whether staying at home or travelling, there is always plenty to