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What’s Important to America?

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
Here on vacation I woke up in the middle of the night to watch the second debate. I had not seen either the first one or the VP debate, though I saw and read clips. I thought I would be bored; I wasn't. I hoped I would be impressed - I was...by Mitt Romney.

Designer Sukkah

14 Tishri 5773 – September 30, 2012
I went looking for interesting Sukkah images online, and most of them repeated the familiar decoration themes, some with more natural ingredients, others with...

Kipah-Wearing Teen Wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semis

12 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Edon Pinchot, a kipah-wearing Jewish day school student, won cheers from the live audience and the judges in the semifinals of "America’s Got Talent." Pinchot,...

Kipah-Wearing Teen Set for ‘America’s Got Talent’ Semis

Edon Pinchot, a kipah-wearing Jewish day school student, will be performing in the semifinals of "America’s Got Talent."

Sheikh Boycotts Interfaith Conference Because of Jews

8 Elul 5772 – August 26, 2012
Al-Qaradawi said he opposes any discourse with Jews in principle.

Obama For Sale

3 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
While his website pitches branded bangles, running shorts, baby bibs, golf divots, blankets and a "Michelle 2012" gold pin, the real action is happening where the big men and women are being pitched more tangible benefits of another four years from a guy who spent 5 billion dollars a day. An administration which in its first term compelled every American to buy health insurance as a penalty for breathing has a lot to offer its crony capitalist billionaires.

Peace and the President’s Conference: Can a Realist Believe in Miracles?

1 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Despite President Peres’ pleas to continue the pursuit of peace, people are beginning to say out loud that it is implausible. After assessing the situation with greater depth, I realize that I have a better chance of becoming Miss America than the Middle East does at achieving peace. Still, David Ben-Gurion made a good point when he said: “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” Miss America or not, let’s keep that positivity coming.

Playoffs: Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe, Segwayz advance

11 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
League observers have pegged Rimon as the championship favorite, after their recent 23-2 landslide win over Bagelsbergs clinched the top seed, and gave them a perfect undefeated record in the regular season.

Rethink Everything

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
If campus Israel activists spend much of the school year planning activities, building coalitions and spreading information, summer offers the chance to step back from the tactical realities of daily activism and take a longer, more strategic view of the situation.

Stuff Couples Say! Stuff My Date Says!

24 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
Beineinu and Choice of the Heart will be holding their annual Symposium this Thursday night, May 17th, at Heichal Shlomo in Jerusalem. The focus of the symposium is creating successful relationships through a combined spiritual and practical approach. 

38,000 Palestinians Take Teacher Exams to fill 1,400 Vacant Positions

21 Iyyar 5772 – May 12, 2012
The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports that around 38,000 people in the Palestinian Authority on Saturday took exams to become public school teachers. The exams...

Writing A Torah In Memory Of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, April 29, at Chabad Chayil Synagogue in Highland Lakes to pay tribute to South Florida’s Rabbi Dovid Bryn, z”l, and launch a project of writing a new Sefer Torah in honor of the rabbi’s 10th yahrzeit.

Jackie Robinson: A Real Mensch

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to have met and interviewed many Hall of Famers including Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams and Stan Musial. I also had the chance to meet and gab with many of the stars from the old Negro Leagues who went on to play in the major leagues after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier – Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Satchel Paige. But I never had the chance to meet Jackie Robinson.

Chevra Kadisha Forum Says Ministry’s Plans for Mass Burials ‘Problematic’

9 Iyyar 5772 – April 30, 2012
The Chevra Kadisha Forum, in a letter to Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, challenged the Interior Ministry's plan, which mandates temporary burial in coffins at temporary cemeteries as well as the option of transferring bodies to cooling facilities until they can be identified and final resting places can be arranged.

Prominent Turkish Muslim Leader Sends Passover Blessings to the Jewish Nation

17 Nisan 5772 – April 8, 2012
Adnan Oktar (also known by his pen name Harun Yahya), a prominent Turkish intellectual and religious leader with mass following, has communicated and met personally over the past decade with many Orthodox rabbis from Israel and abroad, expressing his friendship to the Jewish nation and his reverence to the Torah. Oktar has sent the Jewish Press his blessing to the Jewish nation on the occasion of Passover.

Finish Line (Conclusion)

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
At certain points in each of our lives, we are given challenges – some big, some small. Some people embrace it, welcoming every chance they get to grow and mature, while others are deathly afraid of any sort of change in their blissful, comfortable routine.

‘No’ To A Jewish Super District

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
The current New York State Senate redistricting map championed by the Republican majority calls for the establishment of what has been characterized as a super Jewish district.

Texas Orthodox Jewish School Loses Bball Final

11 Adar 5772 – March 5, 2012
The NY Times reports that Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish high school which succeeded in its appeal to reschedule a semi-final game...

Asher Grunis Appointed Supreme Court President

17 Shevat 5772 – February 10, 2012
Asher Grunis, who nearly missed his chance to be named Supreme Court President due to his age, was named today as the replacement for retiring president Dorit Beinisch.

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

11 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
Readers weigh in on “A Well-Meaning Outsider” (Chronicles 01-06-2012)

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