About the Author


Rabbi Jared Viders

Rabbi Yered Michoel (a/k/a Jared) Viders hails from Huntington, New York.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Boston College Law School, he learned Torah in Jerusalem. After returning to the states, Rabbi Viders served as a judicial law clerk on the highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rabbi Viders then moved to Monsey, New York to continue learning in Yeshiva Ohr Somayach.

In addition to his law practice, Rabbi Viders teaches at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach, Monsey. He also serves as Outreach Coordinator for JEP of Westchester and routinely lectures on behalf of JEP of Rockland in addition to his weekly Shabbat class for women. His first book, “Seize the Moment: Finding Meaningfulness in the Here and Now” has recently been published by Mosaica Press. Rabbi Viders can be reached via e-mail at jmviders@gmail.com and welcomes any questions, comments or feedback from readers.


Kick the Habit

As the bliss of a young couple's marriage began to dissipate amidst aggravation, quarrels and...

Sensitivity Training

Huntington, New York. As the usual members (small in number but large in dedication) arrived at...

Sunny-Side Up

When the nation was riveted with the first total solar eclipse visible from anywhere on mainland...

Summer Spirits

SCENE I: With a mix of anticipation and trepidation, the parents tear open their son's first...

The Swastikas that Sparked the Creation of a Shul

"Sometimes you want to go ... Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you...

Nachamu - Meat and Greet

One of the most anticipated moments in the Jewish year is the mid-day mark after Tisha b'Av when...

Ready to Grow

"The primary purpose of a man's life is to constantly strive to improve break his character...

Loving Jews

For 40 years, Camp HASC, tucked away in Sullivan County, has been pulling out all the stops in...

One of a Kind

1945. Bergen Belsen. After the Nazis took the lives of his wife, children and grandchildren, Rabbi...

Making the Grade

We recently had the pleasure of receiving our five-year old son's year-end report card from school...

Please Take Your Place

“Arrogance brings one to pursue money and positions of authority over others. It is already...

Spies Like Us

The great museums inevitably possess a "signature" masterpiece which stands out above...

Cloudy Vision

1984. Hollywood introduces the latest "underdog" to American pop culture -- Daniel...

God Wants the Heart

"If I don't practice for three days, the audience knows it. If I don't practice for two days,...

Renew Your Vows

"Moshe brought the people forth from the camp toward God and they stood under the...

An Opened Book

The office staff ushers you into the CFO's impressive, expansive office. The sky-line view. The...

Divine Public Relations

"You shall not defile My holy Name, and I shall be sanctified among the Children of Israel; I...

Save the Planet

"You shall not take revenge and you shall not bear a grudge against the members of your...

Rags to Riches

"If he is poor and his means are not sufficient, then he shall take one male lamb as a...

Speechless

Ten years ago I had the rare experience of davening Mincha in Congregation Ohav Shalom in...

Gratitude Loves Company

This week's Torah portion describes the Thanksgiving offering (korban todah) that is brought by...

No Doubt About It

9:30 A.M. May 4, 2011. Supreme Court of New York - Westchester County. With timidity, I entered...

Where God Wants Us To Be

Just a few days prior to Yom Tov, an individual of financial means encountered a Rebbetzin whom he...

Generous Heart

"Take from yourselves a portion for Hashem, everyone who is generous of heart (nideiv libo)...

Second Thoughts and the Pitfalls of Confusion

Hickory, Indiana. 1951. In a classic scene from the legendary sports film "Hoosiers,"...

Don't Take Things For Granted

As the blissfulness of a young couple's marriage began to dissipate amid aggravation,...

Yaakov’s Trees, Miriam’s Tambourines and Super Bowl Dreams

You can glean a lot about a person from what they bring along with them. One person always has a...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

"Yes, you called, how can I help?" "Well, I just received this letter from a...

Let Me Hear What You Have To Say

Years ago, I had an idea how to benefit certain families in need of financial assistance. Curious...

Arrivals and Departures

“Dad,” my five year-old recently inquired while en route to school, “why is our...

Freeze the Moment

The Sefer HaChinuch explains the prohibition against breaking a bone of the Passover Offering as...

The Blessing of Normalcy

This week's thought emerges from the stranger I met ever-so-briefly at the end of my driveway...

Oh Say Can You See

Manhattan. June 9, 1994. The city is abuzz with Stanley Cup fever as the New York Rangers entered...

Mission: Possible

Ever get the feeling that you're in just a tad over your head? Several summers ago on a sweltering...

All For One

This year's calendar presents a noteworthy nexus whereby Shabbbos Vayigash is book-ended by the...

Chanukah: When the Lights Go Out

I wish the Chanukah lights will leave an imprint on the mind, heart and soul. I wish they could...

More Than Meets the "Eye"

When I first arrived in yeshiva there was one student, Shmuel, who was old enough to be the...

Teaching and Reaching Others

"'My master' replied Ya'akov, 'you [Eisav] know that the children are weak, and I have...

Team Leah

Several Augusts ago, our house was somehow designated as a drop-off site for new school supplies...

Brotherly Love

In 1965, the family-owned Monsey Kosher Bake Shop opened its doors on 51 Main Street in the then...

The Pursuit of Objectivity

Hard-wired into each of our psyches is a set of particular biases that lurks in the background...

Your Mission: Praise Your Spouse

Most of the phone calls received at our home are looking for someone other than me. My kids get...

How We Really Educate Our Children

Come Friday morning, all the children in Mrs. Weinberg’s first grade class eagerly look...

Ark de Triomphe

A family visiting Manhattan from overseas stopped alongside a vast excavation site that was...

Chip Off the Old Block

Let us not neglect the greatness that lies within.

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