Halachic Musings: Ezras Nashim Vs. Hatzalah

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is a major controversy in Borough Park over an all-female Basic Life Support First Responders Agency (BLSFRA) and Hatzalah. Hatzalah is a remarkable organization that...

Yair Hoffman: Was De Blasio Right?

Q: How do we get a chillul Hashem, an embarrassment, a pshiya karov l’meizid, and a demonstration of ingratitude, and wrap it all in one? A: When even after having...

Why Are Orthodox People in Brooklyn Not Wearing Masks?

(JTA) – The sign outside a shoe store said customers would be required to wear masks. Inside, however, two women shopped with their faces uncovered. At an electronics store nearby,...

Brooklyn Doctor Arrested for Sex With Teen

NEW YORK (JTA) — A gynecologist in Brooklyn was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy. According to court records, it all began around May 18, 2019, when...

Second Jewish Family in New Rochelle Tests Positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK — Members of a second Jewish family from Westchester have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of New York cases to 11. Ten of...

New Details on SAR Rabbi’s Charges; Other Victims Suspected

NEW YORK (JTA) — The FBI is alleging that a Jewish day school rabbi tricked a 14-year-old boy into sending him sexually explicit photos of himself. Rabbi Jonathan Skolnick was arrested...

Jewish Man from New Rochelle Identified as 2nd NY Coronavirus Case

An attorney who lives in New Rochelle in Westchester County and works in midtown Manhattan is New York state's second confirmed coronavirus case -- and the first apparent instance...

770 Reopens With Lots of Dancing, Little Distancing

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing. The main Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn reopened to a large crowd Monday, more than...

Naftuli Moster Outs Himself As Satmar Wedding Tipster

By NAFTULI MOSTER (JTA) — On Saturday night, shortly after observant Jews went back online after Shabbat, Orthodox media outlets, Twitter accounts, and WhatsApp groups were ablaze about news that had broken several...

What to Expect for High Holidays During Pandemic

  By Shlomie Rabin Rosh Hashanah is in less than 90 days! This year has been historic as humanity experiences a pandemic the like that we have not seen in 100...
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The correlation of Haman’s sons to the Nuremberg Nazis, y’s, is eerie. It is also what can be called an “emunah builder.” One could...

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