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Purim And The Blessing Of Unity

11 Adar II 5771 – March 16, 2011
Klal Yisrael. All of Israel. One people. One community. One.

A Life Of Triumph: Mrs. Irene Klass

24 Kislev 5771 – December 1, 2010
When Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch started dating his wife, they realized she was four years his senior. She, being a good German woman, suggested that maybe they call if off because she was older than him. He looked at her and said, "Lady, for what I have planned I need a mature woman."

Stretching The Rubber Band

20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010
The Torah is defined as flint, a hard stone that is sturdy and unbreakable. It is therefore ironic that the year 5770 saw the Torah stretched as a rubber band - with the extremes causing the fraying of the bonds of Torah and Klal Yisrael and with no respite in sight.

Gridiron Greatness

23 Elul 5770 – September 1, 2010
Summer's warmth gives way to autumn's chill. A new year beckons, not just for Klal Yisrael but also for the game that has become our country's favorite sport - no, our national obsession: football.

Being ‘Nicely’ In Control

As much as we may scratch our heads in disbelief, the fact is summer is ending, (and with it hopefully, the heat). For Jews everywhere, this means that we are approaching the days in the Jewish calendar during which we take time out from the familiar flow of our daily lives to think about the things we would rather not think about, like illness, misfortune and death.

Be Smart, Not Arrogant When Vacationing

25 Tammuz 5770 – July 7, 2010
The ominous Nine Days, that culminate in the somber day of mournful remembrance called Tisha B'av, will soon begin. Most people in our community have, since childhood, been warned and exhorted to be extra careful and cautious during this period of time. We are taught that these particular days have a history of being especially tragic for Klal Yisrael, with many great misfortunes having taken place over the centuries during this time of year. To that end, for example, despite the oppressive summer heat, we are not allowed to go swimming, since the potential for injury or even death is increased. Traveling is also greatly discouraged, as is any activity that has an element of risk.

Rav Eliyahu And Jewish Unity: A Personal Reflection

4 Tammuz 5770 – June 16, 2010
What could I possibly write to justly summarize the magnitude of my/our dear rabbi, the Rishon LeTzion Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, zt"l? I can't believe I am actually sitting and writing about him in the past tense.

Chance Encounters?

21 Iyyar 5770 – May 5, 2010
I believe that everything happens for a reason. Even the seemingly smallest of occurrences has a purpose. I recently had a doctor's appointment in Yerushalayim. Once finished, I decided to do some shopping in a nearby grocery store. This spur-of-the- moment decision led to an encounter with someone from my past, who was to teach me invaluable lessons in life.

The Evil ‘Fourth Son’

14 Nisan 5770 – March 29, 2010
The Haggadah brings to our attention the "Four Sons," each of whom has a distinct nature that essentially represents the main types of Jews who cross our path. The one we most admire is the "wise" son. He is the kind of young man every parent, prospective in-law and teacher dreams of having come into their life. He is intelligent, sincere and inquisitive and has a thirst for knowledge. He knows where he comes from and embraces his Yiddishkeit.

B’Siyata D’Shmaya

17 Adar 5770 – March 3, 2010
We were very excited about attending our dear nephew's aufruf (ceremony in shul the Shabbos preceding a wedding). We didn't know where we were being put up, but somehow the address sounded familiar. When we got to the house, I recognized it immediately. It was the Brooklyn office of the Hebron community in Israel. The bar mitzvah of my son, of blessed memory, had been Parshas Chayei Sarah, the Torah portion that describes how Abraham buried his wife Sarah in Hebron. His bar mitzvah theme had been "Hebron."

Remembering Rabbi Pesach Oratz

17 Heshvan 5770 – November 4, 2009
Klal Yisrael lost a premier mechanech this past erev Rosh Hashanahwith the sudden passing of Rabbi Pesach Oratz, z"l. Rabbi Oratz's career in Jewish education spanned close to six decades, over which time he taught tens of thousands of students. One of the things that made Rabbi Oratz unique was the range of topics and of students that he taught.

‘How Do I Cope?’

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
Special Note: The letter written by the woman experiencing a financial crisis has evoked a strong response. Many people identify with her plight and still others have come forth to share their own experiences in confronting painful challenges. I am pleased to publish one of these letters.

Reflections On The Eighth Yahrzeit Of Rabbi Sholom Klass, zt”l

2 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
The years move forward and your eighth yahrzeit (10 Shevat) will soon be here, my dear father.

Letters To The Editor

10 Adar 5767 – February 28, 2007
Seidenfeld Yahrzeit    March 1, Taanis Esther, marks the second yahrzeit for the four Seidenfeld children of Teaneck, New Jersey, who perished in a fire....

Letters To The Editor

19 Adar II 5765 – March 30, 2005
Summers StormI appreciate The Jewish Press's publication of Ed Koch's op-ed column on the academic lynching of Harvard President Lawrence Summers. The outcry against...

Smart Cars – Stupid Drivers

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
From time to time, I am asked where I get ideas for my articles. The answer is simple. Just from getting up in the morning and experiencing life.

Q & A: Torah In English (Conclusion)

19 Heshvan 5765 – November 3, 2004
QUESTION: Is one allowed to publish Torah discussions in any language other than in the original Hebrew?A ReaderWilkes Barre, PA

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