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...

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...

Matzav Shmooze: Are We Creating Two Different Products?

Dear Matzav Shmooze, As someone who has been a shadchan for many years I think there is a big issue that is not even being...

The Matzav Shmoooze: TRUMp and TRUMan

Dear Editor, I don't know what it means, but it is very interesting that the last president that took a drastic step in recognizing Israel...

An Open Letter to the OU – The Shattering Silence of The OU

Mr. Fagen, Jewish unity is precious and many don't appreciate it enough.  The OU has always made tangible contributions to Jewish unity.  Both the community...

Matzav Schmooze: Are We All Hypocrites?

Dear Matzav Shmooze, After every tragedy that is either gun or terror related, we can turn off our news apps for a few days, knowing...

The Matzav Shmooze: Are OTD “One of Us?”

Dear Matzav Shmooze, With all the recent attention given to the tragic stories of the many who, after leaving our way of life, find themselves...

Why We Turned Down Netflix

By Rabbi Naftali Portnoy  There was a lot of debate in our offices when Ari approached usto participate in the Netflix documentary that was documenting his...

From the Front Lines: Dating Disasters

By: Sandy Eller Ah, shidduchim.  For some people, dating is the stuff that fairy tales are made of.  Boy meets girl.   They click instantly, and...