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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.

The Education Of Freida Sima

“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

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

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

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

When they fight against us, it is because they are waging war against the Jewish idea.

Shanah Tovah Cards And The First Zionist Congress

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

Many people view a letter or manuscript by a chassidic rebbe or the Chofetz Chaim as intrinsically holy.

Repenting By Relating

The Second Commonwealth ended due to causeless hatred, sinas chinam, the ultimate lack of respect in one another.

How Curious George Escaped The Nazis

The concept for Curious George began with a story about Raffy, a lonesome giraffe who befriends nine monkeys, the youngest of whom is named Fifi.
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Starting My Academic Career: Further Reminiscences

Although graduate school culture may have changed, in the 1950s and for many years after, grades were regarded as a cinch.

Full Moon

The Fifteenth Day of the month of Av became a day of national rejoicing. The moment that had seemed hopeless became the moment of Redemption.

Is Superman Jewish?

There are a variety of sources that, comics historians claim, served as sources of inspiration for the Superman character.

Toward Higher Ground

Some hard-core Israelis and would-be olim believe there is no life for the Jewish people outside of Israel, period.

New York Jewish Women Of The Greatest Generation

Most of the remarkable women of The Greatest Generation were college graduates when very few American women held college degrees.

Building A New Life On Foreign Soil

In addition to the palace’s tremendous size it was home to the “hanging gardens,” which were counted among the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Beatles In Israel: The Concert That Never Was

Any number of false narratives regarding the reason the Beatles did not perform at Ramat Gan continue to circulate, ranging from a dispute between Ori and another music promoter, Giora Godik, to the recalcitrance of Golda Meir.

The Jerusalem Passport Case: Where Do We Go From Here?

In a 1936 majority opinion, Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland said that the president is “the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations.”

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