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Courage And Guts

It takes courage and guts for a well-known person in the Orthodox world to write a memoir, a personal account sharing chapters of her life, which include how she became frum. On May 11 in New York, Leah Kotkes, a beloved writer among her readers, will release her first book, a candid, friendly, page-turner: The Map Seeker: One Woman's Quest.

The Day He Moved The Pope’s Heart An Interview with Cantor Chaim Adler

He certainly didn't waste any time. Cantor Chaim Adler began his chazzanut career at age 10; today, he is known as "the chief cantor of Tel Aviv" and one of the most prominent cantors in the world.

The Enduring Strength of the Jewish Spirit

Making aliyah in 2000 afforded our family an opportunity to become part of the continuity of the Jewish people in the Jewish Land. In addition, we have been blessed to live in a community that has both the brightest Jewish minds of our times and some of the most courageous Jews of our generation.

Protecting The Rights Of Settlers And Activists: An Interview With Moshe Eyal of the...

In the aftermath of the forcible evacuation of thousands of Jewish settlers from Gush Katif in 2005, legal protection for settlers and right-wing activists in Israel was virtually non-existent. Meanwhile, legal organizations dedicated to the defense of basic rights for Arabs and left-wing Jews were thriving.

One For The Books

He's not Jewish, he's not Lithuanian and he's not a librarian but Wyman Brent, an American from San Diego, is building a Jewish library in Vilna.

Rabbi Boteach: ‘Turn Friday Night Into Family Night’

Social conservatives constantly bemoan the erosion of traditional family life and morality. In their view, narcissism and materialism plague the American landscape.

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky Speaks His Mind

Teaneck Rabbi Discusses Geirus, Unconventional Warfare, and Rav Kook's Ideal State

Rav Soloveitchik On Tape

New Book Reveals His Private Thoughts On Chabad, Zionism, Women's Hair Covering

Finding Your Instrument

Nestled in the picturesque village of Metullah in the hills of the Upper Galilee, hidden in the serpentine alleyways of the quaint cobble-stoned streets, is Zami's Music Box, Israel's only museum of musical instruments.

Historic Judaic Event At Sotheby’s

When walking into the main exhibit space at New York's Sotheby's Auction House, one expects to see beautiful rare items for sale. There have been famous auctions of important historic documents, works of art and antiques. Often the exhibit hall has become a sort of museum, with people viewing the sale items while knowing there is no possibility of buying them.

Will Bibi Keep Tal Brody’s Dream Alive?

JERUSALEM - Just prior to the Likud Party primaries last fall, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu arranged a press conference to introduce a variety of new faces who stood a legitimate chance of being elected to the Knesset.

‘Family-Values Rabbi’ Visits Jerusalem, Vatican

"Now we have the possibility of permanently stopping the yearly gay pride march in Jerusalem," Rabbi Yehuda Levin of the Rabbinical Alliance of America told The Jewish Press at the end of a two-week trip to Israel, which ended earlier this week.

Haggadah Aims To Make Rav Soloveitchik ‘Come Alive’

Among the many posthumous additions to Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's literary legacy, one book always seemed conspicuously absent: a Soloveitchik Haggadah in English.

Rabbi Weinberg Praised As Kiruv ‘Visionary’

NEW YORK - Rabbi Noach Weinberg, the founder and dean of the sprawling global outreach operation Aish HaTorah, was being called a "unique visionary" following his death in Jerusalem.

‘Dead’ Mitzvah Acquires New Life

Techeles, the blue strings the Torah requires Jews to wear on their ritual tzitzis garments, has long been thought of as a "dead" mitzvah. Sometime in the 7th century apparently (possibly due to the Arab conquest of Israel) Jews stopped producing techeles strings and the identity of the chilazon, from which the blue dye originates, was subsequently lost.

Orthodox Jewish Woman Champions Controversial Iraqi MP

Esther Kandel, an Orthodox Jewish mother of three, was a Zionist her whole life. But only recently has her heartfelt love of Israel burst forth in an explosion of activism.

On The Ninth Yahrzeit Of Rabbi Sholom Klass, ZT”L

Dear Dad, I had planned to write a different article for your ninth yahrzeit, but everything that has happened this past year has led me instead to contemplate the wonderful teachings you and Mom (may she live and be well) instilled in us, both by word and by example.

A Small Giant… Esther Bluthal

She was a very small woman physically, but she was a giant in Mitzvot and chesed.

Olympic Medalist Gets A Dose Of Israeli Reality

The war in Gaza overshadowed what should have been the recent headline-making arrival of Jewish-American Olympic gold medalist Ben Wildman-Tobriner to the Jewish state, as Taglit-Birthright Israel's 200,000th participant.

Author Untangles Mother-In-Law/Daughter-In-Law Web

Mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships do not have to be "complicated," but in many cases they are.

KAJ Stalwart, Son-In-Law of Rav Breuer, Passes Away

Last Shabbos Jerry Bechhofer was standing in shul as always - two rows in front of mine, tall and smiling.

The Late Rabbi Raphael Baruch Toledano

In last week's column about the collection Mekabtziel published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom of Jerusalem, we noted that the volume contained a number of articles and studies on various subjects.

Orthodox Boxer Facing Career Upswing?

Dmitriy Salita, the Orthodox Jewish boxing sensation, may finally get the opportunity he's been waiting for.

Aliza Lavie: Discovering A Legacy Of Jewish Women’s Prayers

It was erev Yom Kippur 2002. Earlier that day, Aliza Lavie had read an interview in an Israeli newspaper with Hen Keinan, who lost her mother and baby daughter in a suicide attack in Petach Tikvah the previous May and had since moved to the United States.

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