The Mask In My Pocket

By Yochanan Gordon Over the last couple of weeks I have written about teshuvah and our overall preparation for the Yomim Nora’im in the context of song. It occurred to...

Isaias: The Storm That Was

  By Alex Edelman, Mayor, Village of Lawrence Eli Kutner, Candidate, Village of Lawrence Trustee Pesach Osina, Candidate, NYC Council District 31 Paris Popack, President, Lawrence Association, candidate, Village of Lawrence Trustee On Tuesday,...

A Closer Look at Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, z’l, was a descendant of Rav Avrohom Weinberg, the first Slonimer Rebbe, one of the leading chassidic rabbis of the 19th century. He...

What Seth Rogen Is Really Telling Us

By Rabbi Yotav Eliach Seth Rogen is not a bad person, nor is he a self-hating Jew. He is a typical North American “woke” progressive, a citizen of the world...

The Way It Is: Suicide, They Wrote

  Will Ghislaine Maxwell be allowed to live? It’s a pity that Jeffrey Epstein was not. And not because of sympathy for Epstein — my sympathy is for his victims,...

Other Side Of The Bench: Mourning Laws

  In pre-corona days, I would wake up around 5:30 a.m., hit a 6 a.m. minyan, rush home, grab a bite, and be off to my office in Brooklyn or...

Yochanan Gordon: Kol Korehs and Excommunications

  The current kashrus debate is very much on people’s minds and in their conversations these days. It seems to be a highly contentious issue, conjuring deep emotion and excitement...

Halachic Musings: Good and Bad of a Second Kashrus Organization

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Last week three area establishments announced they would give up their supervision by Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and join a new hashgacha, Mehadrin of...

Seidemann: Summer of Insanity

  The gavel came crashing down and with it the hopes and dreams of children who wanted to go upstate for summer camp. Kids who needed a break from their...

Seidemann: When Democracy Becomes Hypocrisy

I begin by wishing a happy birthday to my third daughter, who turned 20 this week. Who would have believed that when she turned 20 in the year 2020...
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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...

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