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It’s My Opinion: Reflections On A New Year

29 Elul 5770 – September 8, 2010
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can be a time of optimism. The observances of the holiday are actually quite therapeutic. Engaging in prayer, charity and repentance clears one's head, and sets us in a position to anticipate a clean slate. We hope for Hashem's blessings for a good year.

Society’s Proud Parasites

24 Nisan 5770 – April 8, 2010
Growing up, I was taught the value of self-reliance. Dire straits may force a person to ask for financial assistance from his family, friends or community, but ordinarily, a self-respecting individual should not accept charity. "Better that one's Shabbos meals resemble one's weekday meals than to rely on others for help," the Talmud quotes Rabbi Akiva as saying (Shabbos 118a).

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Involving Young Children in Hands-on...

6 Tevet 5770 – December 23, 2009
One of the goals we all share as parents and educators is to instill an appreciation for the mitzvah of tzedakah (charity giving) in our children. I have found that one of the most effective methods of achieving this is to present young children with hands-on opportunities to participate in charity projects that are child-centered and age appropriate. There are those who take the attitude, especially as far as school-based programs for boys are concerned, that these are a distraction from limudim.

The Dreaded Doorbell

5 Tishri 5770 – September 23, 2009
Truth be told, Hadassah dreaded answering the doorbell. She knew that it was probably a charity collector, and her financial situation was precarious. She had just received a letter from Countrywide Mortgage. If the mortgage on her home in Morristown were not paid by August 12, the house would be placed in foreclosure.

Yizkor – Remember Your Pledge

29 Nisan 5769 – April 22, 2009
The shul was packed for Yizkor service. For Mr. Reuven Black this year was particularly poignant; it marked the tenth Yahrzeit of his father, who had passed away shortly after Pesach. He had decided to do something special in memory of his father.

Yizkor – Remember Your Pledge

The shul was packed for Yizkor service. For Mr. Reuven Black this year was particularly poignant; it marked the tenth Yahrzeit of his father, who had passed away shortly after Pesach. He had decided to do something special in memory of his father.

At-Risk Is At Risk

22 Adar 5769 – March 18, 2009
With the economy heading south, we are all looking for ways to cut back on our expenses. I guess that's good news for Motel 6, pawnshops and "Dollar Stores," but it's a pretty lousy development for anyone running a nonprofit organization (like me) because practically everyone except bankruptcy attorneys earns less money in times like these. Less money means less charity giving. Gulp!

Students Raise Thousands For Chickens For Shabbos

24 Shevat 5769 – February 18, 2009
Students from several Queens' yeshivas joined forces in two back-to-back bake sales, and raised over $5,000 to help feed the poor in Israel through the Chickens for Shabbos program.

Students Raise Thousands For Chickens For Shabbos

Students from several Queens' yeshivas joined forces in two back-to-back bake sales, and raised over $5,000 to help feed the poor in Israel through the Chickens for Shabbos program.

A Small Giant… Esther Bluthal

18 Tevet 5769 – January 14, 2009
She was a very small woman physically, but she was a giant in Mitzvot and chesed.

Judah Touro: Legendary Philanthropist

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
"[Judah] Touro's name will always be numbered among the foremost in the annals of American philanthropy. His charities knew neither race nor creed, and his public spirit was no less noteworthy."[i]

Social Justice Fetishism

21 Heshvan 5769 – November 19, 2008
Liberal Jews have invented the myth that Judaism is a synonym for the pursuit of "social justice."

Not Only Is It The Right Thing To Do, It May...

2 Tishri 5769 – October 1, 2008
We are bombarded with requests for Tzedakah (charity) and it is our responsibility to give.

Yeshiva of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn

25 Tevet 5768 – January 3, 2008
Question: What is your favorite mitzvah?

It’s All In How It’s Said, Or Not Said

18 Tammuz 5767 – July 4, 2007
We all have our favorite charities. We tend to give more money to those charities that are close to our own experience, that have helped us or someone we know, or have touched our heartstrings in some way.

Letters To The Editor

27 Tevet 5767 – January 17, 2007
Unwelcome Guest    A family checked into the Park House Hotel in Boro Park last week under an assumed name (we now know it was...

‘If My Son Is Treif So Is His Money’

28 Nisan 5766 – April 26, 2006
A few days ago, while out of town, I connected with an old friend.

The Old Shtetl Lipno

22 Adar 5766 – March 22, 2006
There is evidence of Jewish presence in Lipno as early as the 18th century.

The Rise Of Tikkun Olam Paganism

20 Shevat 5763 – January 23, 2003
I have long had a pet peeve about the vulgar misuse and distortion of the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) by assimilationist Jewish liberals in the United States and elsewhere.

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