Sometimes a mitzvah is just a part of life. We do it by rote and don’t give it a second thought. Sometimes a mitzvah is so hard to perform we have to make a conscious effort to do it right – or even perform it at all. Recently, one particular mitzvah has actually become an obsession for me; it has taken over much of my thoughts, most of my time and a significant portion of our home office.
Have you seen drivers mindlessly block traffic to load or unload passengers and cargo while a huge parking space is only a few feet away?
With their skills in finance and trade, and the network they naturally shared with European Jews, they played an important economic role in the sugar trade and the shipping industry.
I'm still not sure which kid we'll be going to when, but instead of unpacking dishes, we're packing a suitcase.
Losing your voice? How do you do that?
He also knew that many Jews faced a perilous future in mainland Europe and would benefit from moving to the safe shores of Ireland.
"He was like everyone else," she said. "He was serious. He wouldn't mess around. He would do what I said. He was quiet a lot and thought a lot. He did everything well."
It started as my daughter’s third grade assignment: choose a person to write about, preferably an American, preferably a Jew. We were going to do just that. I intended to help my daughter choose the topic and then to back away yet, Emma Lazarus ended up drawing me in.
The (European) press began to busy itself with the problems of emigration. The Austrian Central Body of Jews, which arose in 1848, dedicated itself to this situation. In May of 1848 a Committee for the Promotion of Emigration was started.
We as Jewish people must remember daily who we are, and who we come from and who our forefathers were.
Collecting Jewish antiques entails a bit of dedication as well, as there are many different categories of art that we have to deal with.
It’s difficult to sort out the historical person from the figure who was later deified in the Christian bible.
So much has happened in the past few months and now the month of Shevat is suddenly upon us. And in a few days (Shevat 10) it will be your 13th yahrzeit.
Charles Lindbergh (1902-74) earned worldwide fame for making the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic on “The Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927....
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.
In loving memory of Sara Altman bas Reb Bentzion Harnik zt"l, great-great-granddaughter of hatzaddik hagaon Chaim Yosef Gottlieb, zt"l, Stropkover Rav - on the occasion of her Shloshim, 29 Shevat.
There are more yeshivot and students learning Torah here than in the rest of the world combined.
The Jewish community of Merzig was old but small.
On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of...
These many heroes and heroines gave Israel their hears.
His mother, wanting him to be a rabbi, saw to it that he received a traditional Jewish education, and his lifelong love for the Bible began at age four when he learned Hebrew.
Pesach in Israel is extraordinarily special. You can actually feel the chag in the air. For days beforehand, everyone is busy cleaning and preparing for the holiday.
In earlier times, it was the custom already from Tu B'Av to use as one's greeting "Ketiva vachatima tova,” the same blessing that we use today during the month of Elul and on Rosh Hashana.
His multi-lingual immigrant community, a paradigm of the American melting pot (including Russian Jews), provided a virtual cornucopia of languages, dialects, accents, intonations, and vernaculars that supplied a rich and abundant source of material for the prospective voice actor.
Sousa’s respect and affection for Liebling may explain why, for his time, the fiercely patriotic bandleader had a rather enlightened view of Jewish immigrants to the United States.
By A professor from Bar Ilan University, an expert on ancient affairs, investigated the value of silver of thousands of years ago.
Even when the mob threatened to kill her children that were in the house, she refused to give them any information.
Eretz Yisrael is Eretz HaChayim - the Land of Life.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Rabbi Binyomin Moskovits, rosh yeshiva of Midrash Shmuel in Jerusalem's Sha'arei Chesed neighborhood. Rabbi Moskovits was in New York to attend the marriage of a student. While here, he has also been meeting with alumni and current students.