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Eighteen…

9 Shevat 5774 – January 9, 2014
There are ashes that remain in the ovens, ashes piled into a mountain in Maidanek.

He Murdered his Daughter

8 Tishri 5774 – September 12, 2013
What would compel a devout Jewish father to take the life of his own child?

Henry Shaw & Names

13 Elul 5773 – August 18, 2013
My father was always known as Rosen, but his elder brother Hashy became Shaw.

Zechut Avot : An Eternal Birthright

29 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
The first time was many years ago. I had just concluded explanations about Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael” which arrived in Hebron from Slobodka, in Lithuania...

US Lawmakers in Bolivia to Press for Ostreicher’s Release

25 Kislev 5773 – December 9, 2012
Two members of Congress are in Bolivia to press for the release of an American Jewish businessman who has been jailed there without charges...

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Twenty-One: Reunion

19 Kislev 5773 – December 2, 2012
The journey from Zichron Yaacov to Jaffa took almost three days. For Tevye, it was a chance to see another part of the Land...

Q & A: The Sandak (Part V)

16 Kislev 5773 – November 29, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part IV)

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part III)

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

99 Year Old Man Becomes Bar Mitzva

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
At age 99, Isaac Volinsky was given the opportunity to put on tefillin for the first time in his life, the Australian J-Wire reported....

Q & A: The Sandak (Part II)

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Q & A: The Sandak (Part I)

18 Heshvan 5773 – November 2, 2012
Question: I was at a brit where the father and grandfather of the boy argued over who should be sandak. The grandfather had served as sandak once before, but he persisted and, as they say, “might makes right.” I am curious as to your view on this matter. M. Renkin (Via E-Mail)

Making Amends

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
Where I now work, there is a small kitchen where workers can have lunch. We take our lunch breaks at different times, and I usually take mine at the same time as an unassuming young man named Benny Green, a 25-year-old who works in the company’s stockroom.

It’s My Opinion: Precautions

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
A dear friend recently shared a family story. Her grandfather had come to America before World War II to test the prospects of relocating his family in the new country.

Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: “Get the [expletive] Jews...

11 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
An upscale hotel on a Santa Monica, California, beach is an odd place to be singled out from a crowd and removed because you are Jewish.

My Zaidy

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
When I think of how to describe my Zaidy to someone who has never met him, I find myself at a loss. I don’t know how to put my grandfather’s presence into words in a way that will sufficiently describe the picture I have of him in my mind. The fact that my most vivid memories are from when I was quite young make the task no easier. He was, simply, “Zaidy.” Regardless of profession, history or future, he just was.

Trying to be Normal…Again

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 19, 2012
My stomach is tied in knots. I'm tense and I can feel my heart racing. It's been so long since I had this sense of dread choking my throat. A terrorist has blown up a bus of Israelis. Not in Israel - in Bulgaria. I'm following the news. Three dead. Five dead. At least seven dead.

Winston Churchill’s Granddaughter on Art and Israel

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Edwina Sandys' planned sculpture for Israel will be comprised of a circle of upright stones, in black and white, cast in the shapes of women, connected by a lintel across the top. Sandys explains that Israel is one of the most suitable places in the world for such a sculpture. “Israel is at the forefront of women being treated equally, relative to other areas of the world.”

The Love For The Torah

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Many inspiring stories emanate from the Lubavitch chassidic movement. One of the stories published in Di Yiddishe Heim bulle­tin describes the early years of Rav Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, known as the Tzemach Tzedek. This year marks the 146th anni­versary of his passing.

A Meeting In Miami

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
Huge crystal chandeliers sparkled with points of light that shone like diamonds. Hundreds of ornate, gilded chairs had been arranged on the ballroom’s thick, blue and brown carpet in the palatial Miami Beach hotel. This elegant space had been converted into a temporary synagogue for the holiday.

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