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...

Happy Anniversary

By Malkie Hirsch I forget the date of our anniversary every year. This isn’t something new. Moshe and I got married on August 22, and my sister Dini had gotten...

Yochanan Gordon: Teshuvah as a Song

  Music has always been an important part of my life. I grew up an avid Avraham Fried fan; the type that would sit for an hour straight and listen...

Jedwab: The Power of Mordechais

  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...

Daf Yomi Has Helped Me Cope With Coronavirus

By Rachel Honeyman  via Kveller On March 8, in a bustling and noisy bagel shop in the Five Towns, I stood alongside nearly 30 women to recite a prayer called the Hadran....

Other Side of the Bench: Weathering the Storm

As I peer out the window of my home office, beginning to type this article on my iPad, it is dark. True, it is only 5 a.m., but by...
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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...

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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...

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