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A Tale Of Three Dresses (A Story For Pesach)

My vintage black design still elicited wows and universal admiration. This time around, it was a perfect bubby dress, a smashing success.

Preparation: The Key To Surviving Seasonal Allergies

First and foremost, it is helpful to know what you are allergic to so that you can check the pollen counts daily and try to limit your outdoor activity on days that are going to be particularly bad.

Celebrating What Young Israel Means To Our Community

Wishing the National Council of Young Israel great success on their upcoming Gala Dinner so they can continue their essential role in Jewish life in America and Israel.

Support Talmidei Chachamim – But Get Results

When we give to the poor, pray for the sick, donate to a medical center, we do so asking for results. When we support talmidei chachamim, shouldn’t we expect them to strive for practical results as well?

The Joy Of Venting

I know that in the great scheme of things, these irritants are minor, but they do tend to add up.

Rachel: The Symbol Of Redemption

At the time of her first appearance, Rachel was already enveloped in a premonition of tragedy. Chazal interpret the seemingly joyous first meeting between Yaakov and Rachel as a pre-enactment of Rachel’s tragic end.

Medical Clowning

Empathy, humor, and imagination are the magical threads that bridge the gaps wrought by age, culture, experience, and pain and foster connections between clown and patient.

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Pray With all Your Heart

We may have thought that the first thing Mordechai would do after hearing about the decree of annihilation would be to run to Queen Esther and work on annulling it through their diplomatic and political connections. But that is not what happened.

A Remarkable Visit To The Vatican

Some will ask: why bother? Of what use are these conferences? Personally, I say thank God that at least the Europeans are having these conversations. The issue is being addressed.

Gratitude: Great Pillar Of Our Faith

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, providing guidance on Hakarat haTov--gratitude. Our thanks to you Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h.

Who Stands Behind The Mask – What We Hide; What We Reveal

Many modern Jews mistake Purim for a “Jewish Halloween” or an excuse for wild parties. This view has us put on masks, like carousers at a masquerade, to “hide” who we really are. Or, perhaps, as often proves to be the case at a masquerade, we don masks to reveal who we really are.

Creating New Jewish Leadership

If Netanyahu’s name were Shimon Peres or Ehud Barak, none of these affairs would ever have been publicized or investigated. This is not about corruption. It’s about politics.

Four Lessons From An Israeli Raid

The Palestinian Authority leadership promised, in the Oslo accords, to disband all terrorist groups, seize their weapons, and outlaw them – in short, to put them out of business. How can it be that, 23 years after the PA took over sole control of Bethlehem, Islamic Jihad still has active terrorist cells in and around the city?

Caught In A Lie (Siman 79:1)

By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.

Borrowed Costume

"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"

For The Love Of Money

This Rashi seems difficult to understand when we focus on whom these people were and where this was taking place.

The God-Spotter

Though my father lives in another area of Staten Island, he has been intermittently involved with this synagogue since its inception.

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Q & A: Batei Din (Part I)

Question: I anticipate soon dissolving a business partnership. How should I expect to be treated in a beit din? No Name Please

Daf Yomi

Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)

America’s Real Problem

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Arbitration Vs. Litigation

We must never forget that when Aaron was left to lead, the people made a golden calf. But never forget that Moses needed an Aaron to hold the people together. In short, leadership is the capacity to hold together different temperaments, conflicting voices and clashing values.

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