Colors: Blue Color

On morning of Wednesday, December 16, the sixth day of Chanukah, along the Grand Central Parkway between 68th Road and Drive, the street was abuzz for the wrong reasons. Hate had come to Forest Hills in the form of vandalism: profanity scrawled on a fence, which quickly drew attention and immediate condemnation from local leaders.

Children can have healthy,  screenless play experiences
while learning new  educational themes each week

(Courtesy of MailPop)

 Many of today’s generation of kids have become dependent on technology for fun and entertainment. One thing that has not changed among children is the excitement that they feel when they get something in the mail. MailPop delivers beautiful, educational letters with a fun surprise to your mailbox each week! On the back of each letter is an activity sheet to keep the kids engaged and continue the fun! Each letter also includes a paper-craft 3D toy which really puts the POP in MailPop along with other surprises to enhance each week’s theme which kids will love to play with once they are done reading the letter. Delivered to mailboxes each week. The newsletters are personally addressed to kids, making them the perfect yet affordable gift, especially during these times.

A Grandparent’s Story

Growing up we are taught that if one is good, two is even better. A double portion of dessert, two-for-one ticket prices, two scoops of ice cream - you get the message. But what happens when that double portion is an extra chromosome? The answer is simple but very complicated at the same time: It’s called Down’s Syndrome.

In this week’s parshah, Yosef revealed himself to his brothers after not seeing them for 22 years. The pasuk states: “VaYomer Yosef el echav: ‘Ani Yosef. Ha’od avi chai?’ V’lo yachlu echav laanos oso ki nivhalu mi’panav–And Yosef said to his brothers, ‘I am Yosef. Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him because they were left disconcerted before him” (B’reishis 45:3).

When the news of the p’tirah of our beloved longtime mara d’asra, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld zt”l, was announced in shul, I could hear people saying, “I’ll never forget the time our Rabbi did...” Having worked and learned with our Rabbi for over 40 years, I would like to share with you my own recollections of HaRav Mordechai Shraga Feivel ben Shmuel Shabsai HaLevi zt”l.