Heading towards my deadline, I was sitting in front of my computer for a
solid twenty minutes at a complete loss of what to write about this week.
It’s no small miracle after all these years that I am still writing
articles. Trust me, there are plenty of Tuesday and Wednesday mornings
when I am davening for a topic to write about.
As I was so [...]
I would like to continue this week with more chizuk in dealing with
nisyonos and how to help ourselves and our children become better avdei
Picture the following scene: You hire Jack to assemble your brand new
deluxe swing set, which should take about five hours, for $250. Jack comes
over to your house completely drunk, and not [...]
Next week is Asarah B’Teves, when we remember and mourn the beginning of
the siege of the evil Nevuchadnetzar on Yerushalayim. While it may have
become a lighter fast in our eyes because of the short winter day, it
actually carries profound significance that surpasses other fast days.
While no other fast day can fall out on Friday, Asar [...]
I recently traveled to Far Rockaway to be menachem avel my close friend,
Yudi Gordon, who lost his father. He told me the most incredible story.
Fifteen years ago, during the summer of ‘99, the Far Rockaway/Five Towns
community and beyond suffered the tragic loss of a great mechaneches, Mrs.
Tova Fine a”h, at the youthful age of forty-n [...]
From varied comments I have received over the years of writing parenting
articles here in the Yated, it seems that some people think I am against
disciplining one’s children. Absolutely no rules. Just one big party! No
bedtime. No curfew. Let your kids do whatever they want and everything
will turn out great.
That’s what some people think I b [...]
This week, I would like to discuss the second question recently posed to
me by a fellow mechanech: “If I am making a kumzitz or the like, what
should I do with the numerous boys who are not joining in? How do I get
The answer to this question I have learnt from observing Rabbi Doniel
Kalish, menahel of our mesivta, over th [...]
I was speaking to a fellow mechanech recently and he asked me the
following question. He wants the davening in his yeshiva to be loud and
geshmak, but he is faced with the challenge of having a small group of
bochurim relative to the spacious size of the room. How can he get the
bochurim to daven with extra vigor in order to create a pass [...]
Boruch Hashem, my picture no longer appears with my column, thus hiding my
recent influx of gray hairs. The other day, I attempted to play basketball
and tired way too quickly. I guess I am indeed getting old.
Clearly, Hashem gave us the aging process as a gift. Among the positives
is the fact that aging serves as a reminder to us to wo [...]
Last week, early on Monday morning, I stepped out of my house to the
embracing chill of mid-thirty degree weather. It was my first taste of the
winter ahead and, to be honest, I was not all that thrilled. I am a little
embarrassed, but my initial thoughts were something profound like: “I hate
the winter. Why does it have to be so cold?”
The Yomim Noraim have passed. Sukkos is over. We are back to our regular mundane routine. We are left to ponder: What changes have we made? What spiritual acquisitions are we taking with us into the winter ahead? Am I any different than I was a month ago or am I the very same person? Hopefully, we indeed feel more elevated. Hopefully, we can [...]