The Matzav Shmoooze: A Concerned Mom

Dear readers, I was very surprised to learn from my son, a ninth grader, that at least five boys in his class have cell phones....

The Matzav Shmooze: Dybbuks

Dear Editor, I really don't know if I believe in dybbuks or not. Where is "dybbuk" mentioned in the Torah? It is hard...

The Matzav Shmooze: Honesty Should be Respected

Dear Readers, A few months ago, the klal was shocked by the sudden petirah of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt"l following a massive heart attack....

The Matzav Shmoooze: Looking for Some Quiet in Shul

Dear Editor, Firstly, I'd like to thank you for your wonderful website. It is obvious that you and your moderators try very hard to maintain...

The Matzav Shmoooze: Throw Out Phone-Picture-Takers from Simchos

Dear Editor, As a recent baal simcha, I have a simple request: People should not be taking pictures with the Smartphones at simchos. Firstly, it...

Chizuk from Rav Scheiner About Rav Bender

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to recount a moving incident that I personally witnessed. I am confident that despite the many anecdotes...

Readers’ Matzav: Mishloach Manos Gone Mad

Dear Editor, I am writing in regard to the 'mishloach manos syndrome,' the extravagance and pressure that has gotten out of hand. Priorities are misplaced,...

Traffic in Lakewood Causing People to Lose Parnassah

Dear Editor, Overall, the traffic in Lakewood, NJ, and surrounding areas is terrible. Thinking of moving from New York? Don't. You're joining a parking lot. Stay...

The Matzav Shmoooze: Davening is Not a Drive-Thru

Dear Readers, Often, when I daven in shul that has multiple minyanim, I see people join a minyan that already started, even though a new...

The Matzav Shmoooze: Leto’eles Harabim: Dropping Off Passenger at MTA Bus Stop

Dear Editor, The Bus Lane Camera Program in New York City films vehicles that drive, park, or stand in bus lanes. Signs are posted where...