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Waterproof S’chach

Machberes: Inside The Chassidish And Yeshivish World By Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum Sukkos 5774 (2013) was intensely celebrated in the Northeast, where, most fortunately, no appreciable rain fell to disturb the…

Lech Lecha: Eretz Cana’an

By Rabbi Yitzchok D. Frankel Agudath Israel of the Five Towns It is surely puzzling why Eretz Yisrael is called Eretz Cana’an throughout the Torah. It is given this perplexing…

MindBiz

By Esther Mann, LCSW This week’s letter is being answered by Jennifer Mann, LMSW. Dear Jennifer, I am a young woman, married a handful of years. I am in the…

5 Towns Dating Forum

Question I am a 33-year-old guy and have been dating a nice girl for the last two months. The problem is that I don’t feel any excitement when I see…

Venting: Doesn’t Help, But Feels Good

By Hannah Reich Berman There are many issues that we should get to vote on. Starting with the most timely issue at hand—I propose that we, the American people, should…

Setting The Mooood

By Mordechai Schmutter With all the problems plaguing society, it’s not often that we get some really good news. But here it is: scientists in England have started a three-year…

Your Best Friend Won’t Tell You

The Job Hunter By Rabbi Mordechai Kruger Remember the old Scope commercials? (Really old.) The ones where somebody had to deal with the embarrassment of telling a friend that an…

Back To The Future

Tidbits From Israel By Ron Jager During the recent chagim, while we were reading that timeless aphorism from Kohelet, “There is nothing new under the sun,” a resolution that calls…

A Tribute To Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l

By Yochanan Gordon With the passing of Chacham Ovadia Yosef, zecher tzaddik vekadosh liv’rachah, we mourn the loss of a visionary, an encyclopedic scholar, and a leader and tzaddik of…

Agudath Israel’s Statement Regarding Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

The installation of a new president at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah has been scheduled to include a “Roundtable” entitled “Training New Rabbis for a New Generation,” featuring the newly installed YCT…