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What’s Your Jewish Perspective? The 2016 Presidential Race

As always, the idea is for invited participants to finish off in any way they wish sentence fragments we’ve given them.

The Purim Association

Among the more than 2,500 costume-clad attendees were members of New York's most prominent Jewish families, including one gentleman dressed as a dreidel...

A Home For All Seasons

This is a beautiful land. The panoramic hills and valleys, the inimitable white stones, the kedushah embedded in every meter, the spicy melting pot of Jews. It fills the soul in a way nothing else can.

Freida Sima And The Great Depression

“When one door closes another one opens,” she answered, her mind already a whirlwind of plans that would change their lives for the next two decades.

In Pursuit Of True Happiness

“A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have control.” (Chachmah Umussar, vol. 2, pp. 331-2)

Justice Scalia As Talmudic Scholar

“Talmudic sages believed that judges who accepted bribes would be punished by eventually losing all knowledge of the divine law.”

Letters From Israel – Left And Right

This is not to say the Palestinians are blameless or justified in the ongoing conflict – far from it – but we are the ones with the power and our government has managed to destroy any hope on either side for a solution.

The Motherhood Of Freida Sima

Insisting on a traditional Jewish home, Freida Sima reached a compromise with her communist husband: he would not interfere in household matters of religion while she would turn a blind eye to whatever he would do outside the home.

Dr. Seuss And The Jews

Seuss’s wartime cartoons denounced American discrimination against Jews and called attention to the early stages of the Holocaust.

Yitro’s Surprising Influence

Yitro, on the other hand, arrived at the truth through a very different set of circumstances. He had devoted his entire life to idolatry, only to later realize the futility of his efforts.

The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

In fact, all the Yomim Tovim that fall on the fifteenth of the month represent instances of t’chias hamaisim.

The Marriage Of Freida Sima

Freida Sima pulled her hand back in shock. “Married?” she shouted. “This is how you are asking me to marry you?”

‘Getcha’: The Misguided FBI Agunah ‘Sting’

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

Perhaps we were better off when we were less sophisticated and just lived with emunah peshutah.

President Taft And The Jews: A Remarkable Friendship

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

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

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?

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Yehuda responded, "If you didn't know him personally, it is impossible for you to fully appreciate his loss." I heartily agreed.

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