This One Is Topical

This week, in honor of my 600th humor column in the Five Towns Jewish Times, I’m finally going to give away some trade secrets, in response to the people...

Shelve That Thought

Purim is behind us and my thoughts are the same as they are every year at this time. I am trying to determine who would be happy to receive...

Dating Forum: Being Sensible About Size

Question I am a 35-year-old single woman, and I am feeling anxious and discouraged about dating. Multiple people, including well-meaning strangers and acquaintances, have advised me to lose weight. They...


By Malkie Gordon Hirsch In true editor/father fashion, my father casually sent me a closeup picture of my late husband, with the large print of his latest written piece clearly...

Pre-Purim Preparation

Not so long ago, PPP meant Payroll Protection Program which was a way to get the U.S. government to pay businesses to not furlough their employees during the pandemic...

The Final Exam

It was a pleasure meeting Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, the president of Yeshiva University, last Sunday. We spent a good part of an hour getting to know one...

Car Sick Ad D’lo Yada

I love Purim as much as the next guy (unless the next guy is the owner of a new carpet), but I have to say that the worst part...

Toranut And Shemirah

By Reuben M. Gampel Yeshivat Hakotel, like many hesder yeshivot, expects talmidim to give two weeks of service to the yeshiva community: one week for toranut (kitchen duty) and the...

The Last Jew Of Antakya

By Sivan Rahav-Meir Look at the accompanying picture. The last Jew of Antakya, Turkey, is putting on tefillin. An ancient Jewish community ceased to exist this week, and Gilad Nir was...

A Culture Of Chesed: Tomchei Shabbos Of The Five Towns/Far Rockaway Virtual Breakfast To...

We are blessed to be living in a community steeped in Torah observance and chesed, where we can enjoy the amenities of a comfortable lifestyle, within the parameters of...
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