Past Articles:

By: Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, Zt”l

Thank you for your enlightening article about  Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, zt"l (‘Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, A Person to Emulate’). During the rabbi’s tenure he advised and led the community, performed every wedding, and made all the halachic decisions. Rabbi Jacob accentuated the importance of serving and attending to everyone in the community.  It was fascinating to read how the rabbi advised the community with a strong, yet gentle hand. He was always concerned about for the unity of the community.  When a person had a question, Rabbi Jacob kept in mind who he was talking to and what they were willing to do. I’m sure I speak for our entire community when I say that the rabbi is sorely missed.

Raquel B.

Culinary Entrepreneurs

As an avid foodie - I really enjoyed last month’s cover story, ‘A Sneak Peek at our Community’s Culinary Entrepreneurs.’ Hopefully, the article will inspire and encourage other people from the community to enter the ever growing kosher culinary market.

Actually, the article got me thinking of an idea that I had a few years ago but eventually had given up on. I wanted to open a kosher drive-through which would have been called "Ko/To/Go!" The idea I had was of a dual facility, one meat/parve; one milk/parve. I'm retired now and do not have the energy required to do this myself – so if any of your readers would like to use my idea for their own business venture – they are welcome to it!

Abie F.

Gadgets and Gizmos

I’m probably one of the few people that just do not understand the fascination with, or the need for, today’s hi-tech gadgets and gizmos. It seems like many of today’s new gadgets are basically unnecessary to have. Last month’s column about fun food gadgets was a fun read - but is it really necessary to have a hi-tech bagel slicer?!

Some of these new inventions are an issue of concern for people who rely solely on their gadgets. People no longer know how to manage their time well, as they spend half of that time on their gadgets. I read how electronic gadgets take away most of a person’s concentration. It becomes difficult for people to pay attention to anything as long as they have their electronic gadgets with them.

Eli C.

Jido Responds

Last month, one of our readers, Danny G., did not agree with Jido’s advice about regifting presents. Danny thought Jido should have included in his response how wrong it is to regift. Below is Jido’s reply.

Thank you Danny G. for your Letter to the Editor. I appreciate your feedback and comments. My job was to respond to the feelings of the receiver. You took it to another level and addressed the motivation of the regifter, whether benevolent or unkind.

But let’s take it to a deeper level. Let’s look at it from the perspective of the object itself.

We know that Hashem created a purposeful world. Every object, every creation has a purpose to fulfill. Let’s say that the gift was a challah tray, or a kiddush cup, or simply a serving bowl (maybe too simple for the regifter’s taste). It has a double purpose. Number One - to bring happiness to its owner, and Number Two - to allow people to bring holiness into the world through its use.

Imagine if it remained cooped up in someone’s closet. Number One - it would be resented (that’s with a ‘z’ sound) every time they saw it in there. Number Two - it could never achieve its tafkid. Imagine if someone who never gave charity came back to this world as a tzedaka box (it could happen). Imagine the pain it would sense by never being able to accomplish its mission. Even a serving bowl has a tafkid – by allowing people to make berachot on the food it contained.

So, whatever their problem was, the regifter did a big hesed by recirculating the gift and allowing one more object in Hashem’s world to reach its perfection.