Dershowitz: Apply Same COVID-19 Standards for All — and Choose Life

(JTA) — I grew up in the Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn. At my Orthodox Jewish day school, I studied the Torah and Jewish law. Our rabbis, many of whom...

Nathan Lewin: Judge Amy Barrett Will Defend Religious Liberty for All

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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...

Elisheva Liss: The Coexistence of Conflicting Emotions

  By Elisheva Liss When my oldest was two years old, he attended a half-day playgroup. One day, while walking him to “school” he told me that he was having “two...

Orthodox Communities Must Take COVID-19 More Seriously

(JTA) — This morning I am sitting at work in numb silence. What is happening in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park is painful, unacceptable and 100% preventable. As a healthcare professional who...

Gila Jedwab: Use Your Imagination

By Gila Jedwab, DMD Some things just go together. Meatballs and spaghetti. Peanut butter and Jelly. Laverne and Shirley. Truth and kindness. In Tehillim, these two are bosom buddies. I...

Jedwab: Prepare to Be Amazed

  One line caught me during Rosh Hashanah davening. I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw it. “Ki sa’aveer memsheles zadon min ha’aretz — Because You will remove...

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...

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...
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