Satmar Has Solved the Secular Studies Problem

By Shmilka Bernstein I watched videos of Satmar children participating in make believe demonstrations against Israel. The English accents were excellent, even better than their teachers. Goyim and and so-called Moderner Othodox make fun of chasidisher yeshivos. But look at how…

Who Needs Pictures?

by Shmilka Bernstein I am upset by the decision of Yated Ne?eman to show the hand of Hillary Clinton. Where did their seichel go? Now there will be pressure on them to treat Trump the same way. We all know…

Shavuos Schedule

11:00-12:00           Shlep out meal as long as possible 12:00-12:05           Pre learning mussar 12:05-12:07           Set up shtender 12:07-12:10           Coffee 12:10-12:30           Chazar Babba Kama 12:30-12:35           Coffee 12:35-12:45           Break 12:45-1:00              Kuzari Beiyun 1:00-1:10                Coffee/bathroom 1:10-1:30                Tikkun liel Shavuos 1:30-1:33                Bathroom 1:33-1:40                Reb Chaim…

Dor Yeshorim Rap

The good thing  about the awesome dor yeshorim rap that came to light last week is that there’s no music, just beatboxing, so you can listen to it during sefirah. The problem is that it’s still kol isha. I’m not…

A Frum Satire Pesach Vort

Gabriel Wasserman's Haggada

In honor of Pesach, a yom tov that brings anxiety and longing to frum and OTD alike, I present to you a vort from Mar Gavriel, the author of a fabulous haggada which, due to my blogger’s nature I didn’t…

Lessons From Yom Tov Season

I was never the rabbi type. When I’d listen to the tired old lessons drawn from the parsha, usually illustrated with the old king and prince trope, I’d wonder where the rabbi took his inspiration; did he really think this up…

Purim Blues

After Shloime had fasted for 12 hours, put the half-shekel in the pushka, davened mincha, took a nap so they would have energy to dance all night, ran to the liquor store before it closed so they can get wasted,…

“Just Sign Here”

No one’s celebrating the FBI raids in Monsey, Kiryas Joel, Williamsburg and who-knows-where-next. No one with a heart, that is. The fact is that frum schools simply cannot survive on tuition alone, as the posuk says “lo al halechem l’vad yichyeh…

Don’t Judge Judaism By The Jews

It’s curious but I’ve never heard anyone invoke that saying while touting the great things Jews do. Conversely, while the saying “don’t judge Judaism by the Jews” is being invoked to do away with a Jew’s bad behavior, you never…

Jews of JSwipe

Guest post by BJJgirl666 I was recently shmoozing with my chavrusa, Shmuli Grosshmeckel, and (unsurprisingly) we ended up complaining  about our struggles in shidduchim. I was complaining to him about how nowadays, though the advanced state of technology is supposed…

Gil Student Regrets Becoming a Rabbi

The Klal Perspectives Jounal is always a treasure of ancient wisdom, repackaged, with its expiration date carefully erased and rewritten. The Fall 2015 issue is no exception. I find it funny that the editor found this issue to hot to…

Abandoning Paradise

Last week Agudas Yisroel took a cue from none other than the prestigious Partido Comunista de Cuba. Five years ago in the vaunted halls of Edificio del Comit? Central, the Cuban leadership called a monumental assembly to discuss the troubling…