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2020: The Year of … Innovation

January 14, 2021, by

2020. Glad that’s over? Though we have certainly seen an abundance of challenges, this could be promising for the world of innovation. As a product of the pandemic, many are predicting there will be a myriad of new inventions, ideas, and investment opportunities. While these are predictions in the startup and tech world, we have

Rediscovering Grandparents

December 31, 2020, by

Covid-19 has changed everything. The past year has produced a seismic shift in almost every aspect of our lives and will continue to shape our identity for years to come. It is overwhelming to consider how much has changed in less than a year. Among everything else, the pandemic has considerably altered our view of

Did the Avot study Torah? Why Does it Matter?

December 24, 2020, by

One of the distinctive aspects of Judaism is its emphasis upon Torah study. Unlike other religions in which study is generally relegated for “men of the cloth,” in Judaism the study of the word and will of God – as distilled in His Torah, is incumbent upon everyman. It is the tri-part balance between belief,

How Did Chanukah Alter the Religions of the World?

December 9, 2020, by

The Chanukah miracle was a multi-layered experience: The ever-burning oil reminded us that even in a post-prophetic era Divine intervention still visited our people. For the very first time, we faced anti-religious hostility and fierce attempts to crush our religious belief and practice. Our triumph demonstrated the courage to sacrifice our lives for religion and

Listen to a Shiur Each Day? Me?

November 18, 2020, by

As busy mothers, juggling family, work, and communal obligations, many of us miss our school days when we had the time and peace of mind to daven long Shemoneh Esrehs and sit in inspirational classes. Not me. I’m not a terrible person, really! I’m just a very pragmatic one who finds more satisfaction in providing

Finding Freedom

October 21, 2020, by

“It’s time for bentching.” Talk about a confusing term! As a former high school varsity basketball player, this word was reserved for kids who didn’t play well and were unceremoniously yanked from the game to sit on the bench. I had never heard the term in connection with something to do after eating bread. Needless

Just Vote!

October 21, 2020, by

Last week, I traveled all over New York and New Jersey, talking to people from Brooklyn to Lakewood about the importance of voting in one of the biggest elections in history. I heard the excitement about the election itself, but I also heard that many people plan not to vote. The excuses were troubling: “My

A Rosh HaShanah Unlike All Others: Tales from a Ba’al Tokeah

September 24, 2020, by

With Aseret Yemei Teshuvah approaching last week, my thoughts, in a way, turned to Pesach – how would this Rosh HaShanah be different from all other Rosh HaShanahs? For whom would I blow the shofar on the Jewish New Year this year? For most of the last two decades, since I left Passaic and moved