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...

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...

Yochanan Gordon: Learning Through Distancing

  The previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, was imprisoned and tortured, both physically and emotionally, in Russia before making the move to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn...

Real Estate with Anessa: What We See in 2020

December came in with a lot of bad news from a variety of places. The first and most disturbing were the terrible tragedies occurring throughout the tristate area, with...

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...

Frager: Ascending to the Rabbinate

  Becoming a rabbi was always a dream of mine. I had two older brothers, a brother-in-law, a mechutan, and a son — R’ Binyomin Yehudah — who were rabbis....

Hamas Must Return Bodies of 2 Israeli Soldiers

By ARSEN OSTROVSKY TEL AVIV (JTA) — Last week marked five years since Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed by Hamas in the midst of a humanitarian cease-fire during Operation Protective Edge. On...

Frager: Reflections on Immigration to America

By Joseph Frager, MD Given the situation at the American Mexican border, I decided to reflect upon my own personal immigration story. At the outset, I want to compliment the...

Jager: Turning Elections Into a Binary Choice

By Ron Jager The juvenile “Mod Squad” of four freshman congresswomen accuses anyone critical of their clearly anti-American, antisemitic, and anti-Western rantings of being racists and fundamentally opposed to people...

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...
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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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