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‘Getcha’: The Misguided FBI Agunah ‘Sting’

25 Tevet 5776 – January 6, 2016
Payment was not, apparently, an essential ingredient in the allegedly criminal conduct the FBI intended to punish if the “Getcha Sting” had succeeded in luring participants into a “forced Get.”

The Eye Sees, The Ear Hears

19 Tevet 5776 – December 30, 2015
Perhaps we were better off when we were less sophisticated and just lived with emunah peshutah.

President Taft And The Jews: A Remarkable Friendship

12 Tevet 5776 – December 23, 2015
William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the only American president to also sit on the Supreme Court. The Republican was an effective administrator but a...

The Courtship Of Freida Sima

5 Tevet 5776 – December 16, 2015
After several dates, when she sensed the “chicken killer” was about to propose, my grandmother beat a hasty retreat, remarking to her aunts that one day longer with him and she would have become a vegetarian.

Chanukah And The Struggle For The Jewish Soul

28 Kislev 5776 – December 9, 2015
Chanukah tells of a powerful story of light over darkness, when a small Hasmonean band of Jewish soldiers defeated a vastly larger, better trained,...

What Is Darkness?

21 Kislev 5776 – December 2, 2015
On Chanukah it is we who provide the illumination. We cause light to come into the world. Darkness forces us, so to speak, to search for the Source of the eternal light emanating from the Creator.

Kissinger: A Jew In The King’s Court

14 Kislev 5776 – November 25, 2015
Kissinger was viewed by many as a self-hating Jew who turned on his father and his people by consistently acting in a manner inimical to Jewish interests.

The Immigration Of Freida Sima

7 Kislev 5776 – November 18, 2015
“Remember, you are sixteen!” she said, reminding her of the cutoff for unaccompanied passengers wishing to work in America.

Hineni – Here I Am, Praised Be Hashem

30 Heshvan 5776 – November 11, 2015
Prayers are the mighty and powerful weapons of the Jewish people. There is no substitute for our weapons, our prayers.

Qualities I Look For In A Rabbi

23 Heshvan 5776 – November 4, 2015
I’ve learned that though pulpit rabbis all have basic roles, they can be as diverse in their calling as they are in their personalities.

A Titanic Jewish Love Story

16 Heshvan 5776 – October 28, 2015
At a time when many Jews changed their names and joined churches to deflect anti-Semitism and to facilitate assimilation into American society, Isidor did not deny his heritage; indeed, he embraced it.

WNYC And The ‘Too Jewish’ Jews

9 Heshvan 5776 – October 21, 2015
The target of her investigation is the Orthodox community, and WNYC’s denying it an equal voice to defend itself was unfair – and bad journalism to boot.

Experiencing The Chagim In The Midst Of Terror

2 Heshvan 5776 – October 14, 2015
Rabbi Yehuda responded, "If you didn't know him personally, it is impossible for you to fully appreciate his loss." I heartily agreed.

The Education Of Freida Sima

26 Tishri 5776 – October 8, 2015
“Not only will I have to stop studying when I get married, I'll die a slow death if I end up like that,” she told Marium. “Better Tateh should just kill me and be done with it.”

The Jewish Aviator Who Almost Beat Lindbergh

19 Tishri 5776 – October 1, 2015
Levine offered the Columbia to Lindbergh for $15,000, but insisted that, as a non-negotiable condition of the sale, he retain the right to designate the crew for what would surely be a historic flight.

Spiritual Survival In An Immoral World

10 Tishri 5776 – September 22, 2015
This is not the only time in Jewish ritual where we demonstrate that as Jews we have a clear interest in involving the world at large in our avodah.

A ‘Coach Approach’ To Teshuvah

5 Tishri 5776 – September 17, 2015
Whether the victim of our deeds is another person or Hashem (or both), we need to be able to express our regret clearly and without condition.

God’s Hand In History

25 Elul 5775 – September 9, 2015
When they fight against us, it is because they are waging war against the Jewish idea.

Shanah Tovah Cards And The First Zionist Congress

19 Elul 5775 – September 2, 2015
As the First Zionist Congress was indisputably one of the seminal events in modern Jewish history, it is not surprising that it became the subject of some of the most beloved, beautiful, and rare Rosh Hashanah cards ever created.

A Passion For Rare Sefarim

12 Elul 5775 – August 26, 2015
Many people view a letter or manuscript by a chassidic rebbe or the Chofetz Chaim as intrinsically holy.

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