It was a warm and sunny January winter day in Los Angeles. The temperature topped 81 degrees and even the native “Angelinos” were surprised by the unusually balmy mid-winter weather. I was spending this sunny Shabbos in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood as I was honored by being a scholar in residence for Shabbos Parshas Vaeira at... Read more »

As the plane landed in Cleveland, a tall man with a warm smile gave me a big Sholom Aleichem as he grabbed my suitcase. His name was Rabbi Ephraim Nisenbaum, co-founder of an amazing organization known as the Jewish Learning Connection, which was co-sponsoring, along with the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland Stone

As I look back at my childhood years, one individual remains etched in my memories from over half-a-century ago. That larger than life figure is unquestionably the Chofetz Chaim zt”l. Even as a young boy, I can recall hearing incredible anecdotes of this physically small man who was a

Mordy Greenman and I have known each other for over 40 years. We first met in summer camp in 1976. At the time we learned together Maseches Horiyos. This masechta is relatively short in length, and we were able to finish it that summer. We organized a grand barbecue for the

I received a disturbing phone call on Friday. It was from a couple in their late 60’s who have a married daughter and grandchildren in Passaic. Their daughter and son-in-law do not daven here regularly; however, the gentleman who called me – let’s call him Grandpa – davens by me