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Rabbi's Blog: Spring Sentiments

03/16/2023 10:42:03 AM


Join us for Shabbat HaGadol:

Dear OZ family,

Two weeks ago, an Israeli family of 9 children had their entire world overturned when a murderous terrorist rammed and killed two brothers at a bus stop, and seriously wounded their father, Avraham Paley.

We can’t imagine the...

Rabbi's Blog: Coin & Completion

03/10/2023 01:02:21 PM


Dear OZ family,


The Parsha this week begins with a call for the donations of a half-shekel to the Mishkan fund. This was a coin almost exactly the size of a US nickel, and by way of comparison, we see a worker’s salary of room, board and clothing for a year together with a salary of ten shekels, at the end...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Cursed is Haman, Blessed is Mordechai

03/03/2023 01:27:21 PM


Dear OZ family,


On Friday, I call dozens of Israelis early in the morning. I speak with many OZ olim, bestow Shabbos blessings on children and grandchildren, hear words of Torah from students, share birthday and anniversary wishes, and more. Some of the people I spoke to today are profoundly concerned with Israel’s immediate future, but for most...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Perseverance & Petition

03/01/2023 07:09:29 PM




Dear OZ family,


A few days ago I wrote about Miriam Feig who was hidden as a child in a monastery during World War II. Remembrance of such upheaval in her early years moved Miriam...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Remembering Miriam Feig z'l

02/27/2023 12:04:10 PM




Dear OZ family,


This past Shabbos was Miriam Feig’s 8th Yahrzeit. I have written about her often, and it was quite appropriate that we connect her to this past Shabbos. As you...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Jury Duty, Israel, Mazel Tov, and Bina

02/22/2023 03:51:26 PM




Dear OZ family,


I was drafted this week for Federal jury duty. After 25 dafim of Gemara, I was pleased to learn that the defendant in my case settled and we were all sent home....Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Refuah for Bina + Israel Forum

02/20/2023 12:11:51 PM


Dear OZ family,

You may recall that during Covid, the Wall Street Journal printed a story about  a woman named Bina, who takes a daily stroll in in Central Park, reads Torah and recites Tehillim on the park benches, and squeezes every bit of goodness and joy out of daily activity. Bina was on the kindertransport as a child, that spared her the fate shared by so many of her family members....Read more...

Rabbi's Message: Monday Night Mishmar, SIR, + More

02/15/2023 04:30:27 PM


Dear friends,

For those that missed Monday night's class, a recording can be found here: Passcode: W=z8ccd^

As we approach Purim, we should be inspired by the words of the Megillah - that Bnei...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Let Freedom Ring?

02/12/2023 04:08:29 PM


Dear OZ family,


I teach a course at YU called archeology and the Bible. I caution my students not to try to prove Biblical events from archeological data. Such data may give testimony to what is written in Tanach, but it doesn’t prove anything. The fact is that just as someone may want to prove what is written...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: 3 Resumptions + Annual Super Bowl Pick!

02/10/2023 12:57:25 PM


Dear OZ family,


We all remember how we celebrated life events during Covid lockdowns. We had Covid Brisses, Covid Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrations, and Covid weddings. In the very first stages of Covid these events took place practically in solitude, and then when restrictions were eased, we celebrated with...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Aid for Turkey

02/08/2023 05:17:56 PM


Dear OZ family,

The news of the tragic earthquake in Turkey and Syria has mobilized much of the Middle East to join hands in the humanitarian efforts to save as many lives as possible. With each passing hour this becomes a greater challenge. A team from Israel just this afternoon pulled 4 living people from the rubble with their state of the art machinery....Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: For The Birds...

02/03/2023 12:52:56 PM


Dear OZ family,


There is a custom on the Shabbat of Parshat Beshalach to leave crumbs for birds. The source of this custom is the Midrash about the Mahn that fell six days a week in the desert. Moshe said that any Mahn left over from one day to the next would spoil, except on Friday night. Since the Mahn would...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Surrender, Survival, and Asara B'Teves

01/03/2023 11:42:51 AM


Dear OZ family,


Asara B’tevet represents a turning point for our people that had history-changing ramifications. Until the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem, the prophet Yirmiyahu had begged the leaders of Israel to avoid destruction with surrender. Allowing the Babylonians unimpeded entry into the city...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Destiny & Descendants

12/30/2022 11:14:42 AM



OZ: Important Building / Weekend Update

12/22/2022 10:18:05 AM


Dear friends,


While investigating a recurring issue in our rooftop HVAC system, technicians found issues in 2 of the three units. In one system a control board has to be replaced - this is on order and we hope to have it resolved within a week. Further, the ignition chamber of the second unit has to be replaced - we are awaiting the analysis / proposal for this. While...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Al HaNissim - Ours and Theirs

12/20/2022 04:31:13 PM


Dear OZ family,

The liturgy of “Al Hanissim” that we add to the Amida and to Birkat Hamazon, refers to the historical involvement of God in the Chanukah story as follows:

“You fought their battles, judged their claims, and avenged their wrongs”. This stands in contrast to the Purim liturgy of the blessing...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Shine A Light... on Anti-Semitism

12/14/2022 06:22:03 PM


Dear OZ family,


This past week, a number of our elected officials gathered to express their outrage at the significant increase in Anti-Semitic attacks across the city. The main targets have been Jews who are dressed in distinctive garb, and the number of attacks are staggering even as the amount of attacks are...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Vayishlach, Confrontation, Anti-Semitism, CUNY

12/06/2022 01:58:52 PM


Dear OZ family,


With rising Anti-Semitism all around us, I draw your attention to tomorrow’s case that will be presented before a judge regarding the two men who had planned to blow up synagogues in the New York area. They were caught with weapons and materials that indicated clearly that they were on their way to achieve their destructive ends. Thanks to...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: The Challenges of Yaacov / Israel

12/02/2022 12:59:01 PM


Dear OZ family,


This is the first of three parshiyot where Yaacov faces challenges , set upon him by three individuals. This week, in Parshat Vayetze, is Lavan. Next week in Parshat Vayishlach, is Esav, and in two weeks, Parshat Vayeshev will introduce further grief for Yaacov, regarding Yoseph. The first...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Toldos Told Us About Anti-Semitism

11/21/2022 03:09:42 PM


Dear OZ family,


This week’s parsha, Toldos, contains the first blatant act that bears the trappings of Anti-Semitism. Yitzchak is banished from Philistia by the king who tells him, ”Go out from us, for you have become far stronger than us”. Of course, Yitzchak posed no threat to the Philistines. They...Read more...

OZ: Main Sanctuary Update

10/26/2022 12:06:46 PM


Dear friends,


As you may have seen, caution tape was placed yesterday around some of the pews toward the center right area of the Main Sanctuary & Balcony. 


A loose plaster tile was spotted on the ceiling directly above this area, and we have already engaged an engineer to assist with reviewing the area. 


Scaffolding will be installed this morning to immediately begin the process...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Remembering Murray Zucker z'l

10/25/2022 04:30:01 PM


Dear OZ family,


The first day of Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan has been turned into a sad day for Ohab Zedek. Today is the fourth yahrzeit of Murray Zucker, who, together with his wife, Veronica (she should be well and healthy), maintained OZ in the leanest of times. Murray and Veronica moved to the West Side in...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Remembering Miriam Feig

10/20/2022 04:29:31 PM


Dear OZ family,


Today would have been Miriam Feig’s 100th birthday. Miriam gave us Oct. 20th as her birthday, but she also gave us a date in February as her birthday. She told me once she was born in 1922 and told others a few different years.



Rabbi's Blog: The 8th of Tishrei

10/03/2022 08:31:33 PM


Dear OZ family,

Today, the 8th of Tishrei, is the anniversary of an important Jewish historical event, although the date does not appear in Seder OlRead more...

Rabbi's Blog: Rosh Hashana Greetings

09/25/2022 01:16:34 PM


Dear OZ family,

Today I can wish everyone a Boker tov, a Shavua Tov, a Chodesh Tov, and a Shana Tova all on the same day.

Each day, God grants us 86,400 seconds of life, and it only takes a few of them to say a kind word, or to brighten someone’s day, or just to...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Comment on the Queen

09/09/2022 01:14:03 PM


Dear OZ family,


A glance at the beginning of some of the books of Tanach, reveals that our prophets traversed the reigning tenure of three, four, or even five kings. Our sages attributed that to the tensions and life-shortening job descriptions of Biblical...Read more...

UPDATED / OZ Condolences: Stanley Nachamie z’l

09/05/2022 11:41:15 AM


The funeral and burial is scheduled to take place, iy"H at 10:30am, Tuesday September 6 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 83-45 Cypress Hills St, Glendale, NY 11385. Shiva will be at the home of Benjamin and Susan Nachamie, apt. 7D, 1175 York Avenue, NY, NY. Details to follow.

Dear Friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform...

OZ Condolences: Stanley Nachamie z’l

09/05/2022 11:08:16 AM


Dear Friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the untimely passing of our member, Stanley Nachamie, a long-time resident of our community, and dear friend to many West-Siders. Stanley suffered from Myotonic Dystrophy and struggled heroically to the very end. Stanley had a very kind soul, and was always ready to extend...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Elul & Commemoration

09/04/2022 12:31:01 PM


Dear OZ family,


The month of Elul is a time when Jews look back and make evaluations. This is in preparation for Rosh Hashana, and it coincides with a time that we turn towards a new school year as well. Labor Day Weekend turns the corner on a summer of relaxation and recreation for many people, as...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Summer’s End - Plag Thank You!

08/26/2022 11:32:17 AM


Dear OZ family,

Another summer is coming to an end. It seems that as we get older, the summers end faster and faster. It makes sense. When a specific amount of time is less of a percentage of our lifetime, it moves along faster. That means that the summer seems a lot longer to an eight year old than to a sixty year old. I already started at YU and Stern, and I just began my 80th...Read more...

Sun, March 26 2023 4 Nisan 5783