A Shul With A Story: A Spectacular Synagogue

It is impressive to see the standing room only crowd on Shabbos.

The Orthodox Judaism Of Herman Wouk

I’m a lover of Yiddish, read some every week, and believe in its future, though that’s a complex subject.

Where Do Gedolim Portraits Come From? (Part III)

In the early days of the chassidic movement, as well as in Kabbalistic circles, sitting for a portrait was often frowned upon and sometimes even forbidden.

Arthur Rubinstein’s Extraordinary Zionism

Although Rubinstein’s maternal grandparents, with whom he and his family lived in Lodz, were strictly Orthodox, his parents were not, and he received little religious education, despite the plethora of Jewish schools in Lodz.

Karl Marx: A Self-Hating Jew

In On the Jewish Question, Marx contemptuously criticized Judaism (and, to a lesser extent, Christianity) from the standpoint of social emancipation, regarding Jews as the embodiment of capitalism and the creators of its evils.

Dubnow And The YIVO-Einstein Connection

The study and teaching of Jewish history established his own Jewish identity and constituted for him the ultimate proxy for Judaism itself.

The Incredible Zishe Breitbart

Zishe’s parents wanted him to learn a trade, but wherever he was apprenticed, his masters took advantage of him by using his strength for business and taught him nothing.

Good Night Moon

Although not observant, Ramon understood his role as Israel’s first space diplomat. During the mission, he ate only kosher food, made Kiddush Friday night, and recited Shema Yisrael as the shuttle flew over Jerusalem.

Rav Henkin’s Chalitzah Shoe

After the Holocaust, chalitzah complications also arose since many widows had no information on the status or whereabouts of their brothers-in-law.

Matzah Ball Soup In Strange Lands

[I]n every generation, our enemies stand up against us to destroy us, but G-d always saves us from their hands.

The Anti-Semitism Of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British writer best known for his iconic Sherlock Holmes detective stories, but he was also a physician (Holmes...

Einstein And Freud: How Do We End War?

However, Hitler’s rise to power presented a great challenge to Einstein who, though a pacifist, understood that to prevent war, it was sometimes necessary to use force, especially against a threat as monumental as that posed by the Nazis.

A Shul With A Story: The Hollywood Shtiebel

It was time to not just start a new synagogue, it was time to create an atmosphere that assured that davening with kavanah was an attainable goal.

Israel’s Educational System And Chinuch Atzmai

Secular educational experts argue that the state has the right – indeed, the duty – to prepare children to become responsible members of a democratic society, based upon Jewish values, including dignity, tolerance and love for the land of Israel.

Adar Artwork

It was customary to hang decorations such as yours on the synagogue wall at the start of the month of Adar, and for them to be taken down once the Purim holiday concluded.

The Secret History Of Purim

Much like the leadership of the Zionist Entity today, Haman came up with a dastardly plan to destroy...every living Palestinian.

Isaac Asimov’s Jewish ‘Foundation’

In his memoir, Asimov writes that although he was never physically abused for being Jewish, he was occasionally attacked verbally by anti-Semitic “louts,” which he accepted as just the nature of things and deemed himself powerless to change.

The History Of Purim In Tel Aviv

Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv, which began in 1908, were the largest public events in Eretz Yisrael during the British Mandate period and an...

The Anti-Semitism Of Charles Lindbergh

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....

The Captain Of The Exodus

The fate of the Exodus and its crew commanded international attention, and journalists who covered the dramatic struggle described to the entire world the brutality of the British.

A Shul With A Story: Baron Hirsch Synagogue (Part II)

This time period covered the sons of Baron Hirsch members serving in wars, including the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars and I & II, and the Korean War.

Theodore Roosevelt And The Jews

Teddy Roosevelt became the first president known to donate personal funds to a Jewish cause.

Where Do Gedolim Portraits Come From? (Part II)

In the early days of the chassidic movement, as well as in Kabbalistic circles, sitting for a portrait was often frowned upon and sometimes even forbidden.

Israel’s Admission To The United Nations

After its 1949 elections, Israel filed yet a third application for membership, and this time the request was approved by the Security Council by a 9-1 vote on March 4, 1949.


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