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...

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...

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...

My Story With The Rebbe

By Yochanan Gordon This Shabbos, Parashas Korach, marks the 25th year since the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I have used this space in previous years to pen my personal...

Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You About Social Media Anti-Jewish Hatred

By Cindy Grosz I hate to say it, but it was just a matter of time until antisemitism on social media erupted into violence. Since August, I have been reporting about...

News From the Hills: Black Community Needs New Leadership

  The black community needs new leadership. Many years ago, when Al Sharpton was rabble-rousing in Crown Heights, I read an article that said leadership in the black community perpetuates...

Should Halacha Allow People to Carry Weapons in Shul?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The horrific tragedy in a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Shabbos morning that left 11 people dead should cause us, perhaps, to rethink the manner...

Halachic Musings: Presidential Prayer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Every day the headlines are blaring the latest testimony in the House impeachment process. Jews who recognize and are appreciative of the president’s actions are certainly...

The Way It Is: Irony and Iron Will

  Determined as I am to stay off the topic of city-wide protests and riots, and unwilling to watch any television news, by necessity, my focus here must shift to...

THINKING OF KISLEV

As I drive around some areas, I still see some sukkahs standing on porches and in front yards. I don’t know if the people in these homes just did...
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