The Day I Met Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Esther M. Schonfeld, Esq. “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but...

Woodmere Club Developers Fight Back Over Targeted Zoning

By 5TJT Staff It’s hard to embrace change. For over 100 years, Five Towns residents enjoyed the bucolic view of acres of grassy turf on which to play golf, host...

Tidbits From Israel: The New McCarthyism

U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin produced a series of investigations and hearings during the 1950s in an effort to expose supposed communist infiltration of various areas of the...

Other Side of the Bench: Life’s Breath

  I heard the bee buzzing and felt it work its way into my shoe. I then felt it on the top of my foot. It was trapped in my...

Why My Congregation Is Praying in Person for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Yosie Levine NEW YORK (JTA) — On March 11, we decided to close The Jewish Center, the large Orthodox congregation in Manhattan where I serve as senior rabbi....

Jedwab: Hidden Miracles

  By Gila Jedwab, DMD EDITORS NOTE: The debate over the global response to the COVID-19 virus will most likely go on for months, maybe years. It is the opinion of...

The Shofar

  By Akiva Lane The central symbol of Rosh Hashanah is the shofar. The shofar can’t be straight; it must be bent and curved. Why? This is to emphasize that life...

Jedwab: God Is the Word to My Heart

By Gila Jedwab, DMD There is one way to my heart. One word that presses pause and makes my head turn in slow motion and ask, “What did you just...

Yochanan Gordon: All The King’s Men

  Previously I wrote a column titled “The Mask in My Pocket” in which I laid out the importance of entering the days of awe as part of the congregation...

Halachic Musings: Consequences of COVID Policy Decisions

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It was the first day of school for two girls at different schools. One young girl, upon hearing how rigid School A was about masks and...
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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