The last few months have been anything but normal. Whether it has been the self-quarantine, - as a result of the Coronavirus - or the self-expression, demonstrations, and looting that we have seen all across the country, it just seems that our pre-corona “normal” is not returning in the near…

This week marks another big step in the “Re-opening” of Ohio. Day camps and Child-Care centers have begun operating - with stricter health guidelines and rules - and people are beginning to attempt to begin life “ACE - After Corona Era.” While it may take a while for life, and things that we…

As a child, I always looked forward to going to camp. After a snowy winter in the really urban neighborhood of Crown Heights (Brooklyn), it was really exciting to go to summer camp in the Catskills. Most of our class would end up in the same bunk and we would really have a great time togethe…

There is a famous expression: "In life, you can't control the direction of the wind, but you could adjust the sails of your ship". Circumstances are given to us from Above, and we are not judged by the circumstances that are given to us, it is how we react and use the opportunity of each cir…

Growing up in sheltered Brooklyn, a bridge was a long metal and steel edifice that connected Brooklyn to “the city,” also known as Manhattan. You could travel there on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, or the George Washington Bridge. When traveling from Brooklyn to Staten Island, y…

One of the hardest things that I had to deal with this year was the passing of one of my dearest friends, Rabbi Zalman Baras Ob”m. We were classmates in Brooklyn since  kindergarten and colleagues for ten years here in the Rabbinical Yeshiva of Cincinnati. Two years ago, he was diagnosed wit…

It doesn’t sound right for a rabbi to suggest focusing on money. On the contrary, a rabbi’s usual message is that there is so much more to life than the pursuit of additional income. Whether it’s spiritual growth, developing more meaningful relationships, or being involved in community affai…

Remember the days when we had to write down directions? Does “Make a right after three lights” sound familiar to you? 

I am fascinated by animals. As a proud gold member of the Cincinnati Zoo for many years, I am always going there with my children to see and learn about the wondrous world created by G-d Almighty. 

Who has not heard of the Heimlich maneuver? While most people reading this column are probably aware of the lifesaving maneuver for people who are choking, many are not aware that its inventor, Henry Heimlich, lived here in Cincinnati. He was born to Jewish parents in Wilmington, Delaware, a…

Every time a family moves, it takes time to adjust to the new surroundings. As one can imagine, it was a big adjustment for me – and for my wife – to move from bustling Brooklyn, New York, to Cincinnati, Ohio. 

When asked for your latest source of spiritual inspiration, does the baseball field come to mind? The chessboard? I would bet not. I assume that the answers you think a Rabbi wants to hear are the shul, the siddur and the Torah.