Parshat Toldot

Rabbi Berel Wein In the competition between the brothers Eisav and Yaakov, Eisav originally downplays any long-range view of the situation. He demands immediate gratification and is therefore more than willing to relinquish his birthright – which is only a long-range asset – in favor of an immediate bowl of hot lentils. As the Torah […]

An Exercise in Futility

Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow The Bayside Canadian Railway is a 200 foot(!) railroad in Bayside, New Brunswick, Canada. The railway was designed to transport fish – frozen pollock, to be precise. It would seem to be a total waste to build a railroad to move fish a mere 200 feet. Moreover, after the fish is moved […]

Winter Aches and Pains

Allan Rolnick, CPA 2022 is drawing to a close, and it can’t come soon enough for some folks. (We’re looking at you, Elon, Kanye, and Don.) Winter’s chill is creeping south, ski resorts are opening throughout the north, and turkeys are looking over their shoulders. This is traditionally a great time of year for taking […]

Marathons & Money: Thoughts from a Financial Planner on a Cold Marathon Morning

By: Elliot Pepper, CPA, CFP®, MST On November 20th 2022, I completed the Philadelphia Marathon for the 4th time, and while my finishing time was nowhere near prior year races, the slower pace left me with extra time in the blustery Philadelphia streets to think…and when I get time to think…well don’t ask. On this […]

Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin – Cheder Chabad

What made you choose a career in community service? I am the youngest in a Chabad family with 12 siblings. All of us serve, in some capacity or another, in public life. I grew up in a home where my parents serve as leaders of their community and dedicate their lives to inspiring all those […]

2 Members of the Baltimore Jewish Community Appointed Baltimore City Police Chaplains

It is with great pride that Eliezer Skaist and Shloime Rabinowitz were each appointed as Chaplains of the Baltimore City Police Dept. The ceremony took place at the Baltimore City Police Training Center. In attendance among many others were Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison shown here with the 2 new graduates of the […]

Disorder or Difference?

Rabbi Azriel Hauptman Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that covers a broad range of symptoms and includes a range of individuals; from fully functioning members of society to those who are unable to live independently even as adults. There is a lively debate if autism is a true disorder or it merely reflects […]

To See with Our Eyes Closed

Rabbi Zvi Teichman And it came to pass, when Yitzchok had become old, and his eyes dimmed from seeing… His blindness here, the Midrash teaches, has a twofold meaning. Figuratively blinded to Esav’s feigned righteousness that deluded Yitzchok into thinking that perhaps Esav was worthy of being his successor, and literally, physical sightlessness.  Both factors […]

What is Discovery?

The stage is decorated as though for a concert: a long sign draped across it reading, “ON A HAPPY NOTE,” along with an appropriate quote from Hebrew liturgy, golden music notes hanging from the ceiling, the curtain backdrop glowing with blue light. The music begins – a cheerful, upbeat song with a bouncy rhythm. The […]

Mercaz Torah U’Tefillah Night Seder Program for Middle School Boys

Mercaz Torah U’Tefillah hosts a Night Seder program for Middle School boys from across the community, 3 nights a week. Now in its 5th year, the program is lead by Rabbi Michoel Berkowitz of TA and Rabbi Dovid Naiman of TI.  The goal of the program is to create a framework for boys to review […]