Open Letter of Appreciation To The Lakewood Volunteer Fire Dept

Dear Editor, I’m taking this opportunity to pen a few lines of appreciation to all the members of the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department for their...

The Matzav Shmoooze: Enough With the Made-Up Tznius Obsession

 Dear Editor,             There is a phenomenon of publicizing made-up letters to the editor addressing so-called "tznius" concerns in certain media outlets. Editors love these...

Jewish History

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz Parshas Beshalach is an ode to a nation being formed through trial and tribulation. The Jews faithfully followed Hashem’s direction out...

The “Shul” I Won’t Attend

By Rabbi Dov Fischer Have you ever attended a movie or other form of entertainment and realized, within moments, that — uh-oh — you are in for...

New York’s Bid to Control Religious Schools

 By Avi Schick Even ardent opponents of school choice accept that parents have the right to send their children to private schools. That may soon...

Letter Regarding The Rechnitz Challenge From A Darchei Alumnus

Dear Matzav, On Sunday night, I was among those who were amazed at the generosity of R' Rechnitz, when he pledged to donate $1 million...

Words to Touch and Inspire

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz As we study Parshas Bo, we note that the pesukim and narratives of this parsha comprise many of the words and...

Palestinian President Shows The World Who He Really Is

There are two ways to understand the two-and-a-half hour rant Sunday from the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in which he called for discarding past...

The End of Baal Teshuvah Discrimination 

By Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer I recently was menachem avel a mourner who I only knew peripherally. I wasn't familiar with his particular pedigree or family...

Charge Your Spirit

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz “Velo shomu el Moshe mikotzer ruach umei’avodah kashah” (Shemos 6:9). The Jews in Mitzrayim refused to listen to the comforting words...