Friday, July 03, 2020

Letters

The Pesach Program Industry And Staying Positive

Passoverlistings.com has become the #1 “Pesach Only” Jewish travel website where Pesach travelers can see pricing, details, and reliable reviews on over 150 Pesach programs around the world. Our goal is to continue the transparency and visibility of the Pesach program industry for Pesach customers. We provide an online and social media

Coronavirus and Israel Yeshivas and Seminaries

Considering current events, I feel the need to share some words of advice to parents who may go through the yeshiva/seminary (or any post-high school program) selection process next year. In the coming fall, parents and students will listen to the presentations given by program representatives, at the school and at Israel Night events, with

An Open Letter from Dr. Daniel Berman and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt and Psak Halacha from Rabbi Hershel Schachter, shlita

(Courtesy of Torahweb.org) The coronavirus causes COVID-19, a very dangerous and contagious infection, far more dangerous and contagious than the flu (influenza). Not only individuals with pre-existing conditions are vulnerable.

Anyone over age 50, although robust and healthy, is vulnerable to

The Hidden Message Of Coronavirus?

We all know the story: A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon, a man in a rowboat came by and shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me.” So the rowboat went on.

Social Isolation: Not Such a New Reality 

As the new reality sets in, and all the social constructs of life begin to change, many of us are grappling with the concept of forced isolation. For any society, but especially a society as interconnected as ours, forced isolation, especially with little preparation time, has been jarring. This new existence may give us the opportunity to

Smachot in Difficult Times

Although the calendar still says Adar, simcha feels in very short supply. However, my lack of simcha pales in

Bring Back the Spirit of Purim

I think we might have killed off Purim. The spirit of the chag has been lost and it’s time to fight to get it back. Please hear me out for a few minutes. I am petitioning the community to initiate a change. Purim has become a huge burden and we need to agree to stop the madness and keep it simple and joyful!

Vote for the ZOA Coalition, To Defend Israel, Sovereignty And the Jewish People

A few days ago, the 2020, once-in-five-years election for the World Zionist Congress began. We urge you to vote for the ZOA Coalition slate (Slate #11) today. Please go to VoteZOA.org for the voting link.    

We’re a coalition of 27 of the strongest activist pro-Israel organizations, including the

Remembering Paul Freedman, z”l

For those who are alumni of Camp Hillel, White Lake, NY, in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, one cannot help but smile at the name Paul Freedman. I recently heard of Paul’s passing and needed to express some thoughts at the loss of a truly special soul. Paul acted as the nature counselor at Hillel, taking children on overnights and

Menachem Begin’s Legacy, Documented

 A documentary film on Menachem Begin is currently in progress, with completion anticipated in mid-2020. The impetus for making the film, according to the filmmakers, is not only to communicate Begin’s life story but also, through his biography and particularly through the lens of his vision and

Hiring Nannies

As the summer comes to a close, many families in our community are looking for new childcare arrangements for the upcoming year. I understand well the pressures of hiring a nanny on short notice, and how essential nannies are to families with two working parents. But this past year my family had a devastating experience with a nanny, and I

Hiring Nannies

As the summer comes to a close, many families in our community are looking for new childcare arrangements for the upcoming year. I understand well the pressures of hiring a nanny on short notice, and how essential nannies are to families with two working parents. But this past year my family had a devastating experience with a nanny, and I

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