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It’s My Opinion: A Golden Anniversary

I was an avid reader and fan of The Jewish Press long before becoming a writer in its pages. Our publication recently celebrated its milestone 50th anniversary and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the paper's unprecedented impact on American Jewry.

Study Examines State Of Orthodox Marriage

The state of marriage in the Orthodox community is hard to gauge, but the Orthodox Union, in alliance with the Aleinu Family Resource Center, took up the challenge last year by engineering an online survey taken by thousands of married observant Jews.

Clowns Who Care: Lev Leytzan Warms Hearts, Heads, Hands and Toes

The young adult clowns of the Long Island-based charity Lev Leytzan, a medical clowning troupe, returned recently from an 11-day humanitarian mission to Romania and Israel to celebrate Chanukah.

It’s My Opinion: Never Again

In 1939 the Nazi regime was gaining a terrifying momentum. Nine-hundred-and-thirty Jews tried to flee the nightmare that was about to descend. The SS St. Louis sailed from Germany. The terrified passengers knew what was happening. They were desperate.

Flood Damages Chabad Center

A surprise flood on Thursday night, December 17 and early Friday morning December 18, has destroyed the Chabad Preschool and the main offices of Chabad of South Broward Headquarters. The flood that came without any warning damaged a relatively small geographic area, specifically Hallandale Beach and the coastal cities nearby.

Mendy Sacho – Designing Fashionable Kapotes

When one thinks of kapotes, the traditional long suit jackets worn by married Lubavitcher chassidim, one doesn't automatically think of the cutting edge of fashion. Yet Mendy Sacho, a 25-year-old Lubavitch tailor in Toronto, Canada, is pushing the garb into the spotlight.

Traveling In Israel With A 12-Year-Old

Seeing Israel is one thing. Seeing Israel through the eyes of a 12-year-old is another, especially when the child is your grandson or granddaughter.

‘Many Are The Thoughts Of Man…’

I couldn't wait to board the speedy Acela train to Washington, DC two weeks ago to hear an old friend of mine, constitutional legal wiz Floyd Abrams, argue before the Supreme Court. I had watched him twice before and was riveted each time. This case, involving the McCain-Feingold Campaign finance reform act, promised to be a landmark in First Amendment law. To watch top-notch lawyers spar swords with some of the best legal minds in the country is quite an experience and I couldn't wait to feel that intellectual thrill once again.

It’s My Opinion: Power

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez was recently involved in a controversy causing outrage throughout the community. The mayor's "State of the County" address spoke of the dismal economy and warned of the necessity of deep budget cuts. Shortly after the speech, the mayor acted. He gave generous raises to members of his staff.

It’s My Opinion: “Be Careful Of What You Wish For”

Ariel Morales' long-time wish came true. The 56-year-old Florida resident purchased a sailboat a few weeks ago. Visions of fun and sun filled his mind.

Aleh: Caring For My Little Grandson And So Many Others

There is a very special place in Jerusalem many people have heard of - but how many really know the magnitude of its work? In fact, Aleh is often confused with another facility with a similar sounding name. But Aleh stands alone in its class. Unlike other places, Aleh accepts children who have no chance of rehabilitation, and all the children receive the same loving care.

It’s My Opinion: Woodstock

The infamous Woodstock Music Festival, which took place in the summer of 1969, was a historic counterculture event in America. Over 500,000 hippies and hippie wannabees crowded a 600-acre farm area in Upstate New York for three days.

Three Mikvaot To Open For Physically Challenged In South Florida

Three mikvaot for the physically challenged will open on Sunday, September 6, in Hallandale, Florida. It is the first mikveh project of this nature in Florida. The endeavor provides special ramps, prep rooms, and hydraulic lifts that will make the mikveh experience pleasant and dignified for a significant segment of South Florida's Jewish population.

Three Mikvaot To Open For Physically Challenged In South Florida

Three mikvaot for the physically challenged will open on Sunday, September 6, in Hallandale, Florida. It is the first mikveh project of this nature in Florida. The endeavor provides special ramps, prep rooms, and hydraulic lifts that will make the mikveh experience pleasant and dignified for a significant segment of South Florida's Jewish population.

Beis Hamikdash Model Displayed

Recently, Aish HaTorah inaugurated a beautiful and unique model of the Beis Hamikdash in its world headquarters overlooking the Temple Mount and the Western Wall plaza. The model will be on permanent display on the roof of the highly anticipated interactive museum, called the Exploratorium.

It’s My Opinion: Back To School

Summer isalmost over,and in countless homes throughout the country, preparations for the new school year have begun. Shiny new pencil boxes and supplies have been purchased. Hair has been cut and shoes have been shined. Many children are eager to see old friends and familiar classrooms. Traditionally, this time of year has been one of happy anticipation and excitement.

Remembering Gush Katif

Tisha B'Av is approaching, and with it, the awe-inspiring and painful memories I felt in when I visited Gush Katif, on a mission with Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Group Of Iranian Jews Gather For First-Ever Meeting

In the wake of a recent upsurge in violence that swept across Iran following last month's presidential elections, a group of Jews and their descendents from the city of Mashad in Iran's northeast gathered in Jerusalem for the first ever meeting of the Global Mashadi Jewish Federation.

Family Celebrates Upsherin By Picking Potatoes For Israel

Twenty-five members of the extended Marks family from Woodmere, New York recently traveled to Israel to celebrate their son Moshe's upsherin. However, this was no ordinary upsherin celebration.

Old-Time Orthodox Shul Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Yes, it is your father's synagogue, and it had just observed its 70th anniversary.

It’s My Opinion: No Vacation From Need

I write about this subject every year at this time. Regrettably, the problem is still here and the message is worth repeating.

A Memorable Visit To A Very Different Hospital

As a congregational rabbi, I often see people in hospitals and other health care facilities. While each building may look different, the actual differences are rather minute. It was my privilege recently to visit a hospital that is a definite exception to that rule.

It’s My Opinion: Not A Moment To Waste

A wedding was recently celebrated in West Palm Beach, Florida. The groom, 93 year-old Ebenezer Rose married 89 year-old Monica Hayden. The bride wore a sparkling tiara and a big smile. Friends and relatives toasted the happy couple with champagne.

Seminar Sheds Light On Bottled Up Jewish Problem

An all-day conference on body image and eating disorders in the Jewish community took place on Sunday, June 7, in Manhattan. Co-sponsored by the Renfrew Center Foundation and the Orthodox Union's Department of Community Services, the conference boasted a stellar cast of speakers and experts, who spoke urgently of the need to address the growing epidemic of Orthodox Jewish men and women with eating disorders.

Seminar Sheds Light On Bottled Up Jewish Problem

An all-day conference on body image and eating disorders in the Jewish community took place on Sunday, June 7, in Manhattan. Co-sponsored by the Renfrew Center Foundation and the Orthodox Union's Department of Community Services, the conference boasted a stellar cast of speakers and experts, who spoke urgently of the need to address the growing epidemic of Orthodox Jewish men and women with eating disorders.

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