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The Duplicitous Mr. Holmes By Yochanan Gordon

We are still reeling from the shock of events last weekend at a Colorado movie theater, where 12 people were shot down in cold blood and almost 60 others...

A Tenth-Grader’s Letter to God

By Yochanan Gordon Being God’s people, we are often attracted to stories of positivity and depth we can use to maintain our strength in the craziness we encounter. Occasionally we...

Bagel Store: Der Zaide

  They called him Tatta or Der Tatta, which, loosely translated, means “Father” or “the Father.” That is how my dad and his siblings referred to their father. We referred...

Bonei Olam Brings Five Towns Back to the Shtetl

By Yochanan Gordon Alexander Olshanetsky composed the famous Klezmer tune Mayn Shtetele Belz sometime during the 1850s, a song that possesses strong yearnings for an era that, despite the affluence of...

Im Yirtzeh Hashem By You

By Yochanan Gordon Anyone who’s had the good fortune, while single, of attending a friend or family member’s engagement party or wedding has been wished these very words. While these are...

Social Media Kings And Queens

  By Yochanan Gordon I agree that this is an odd title for an article on Tisha B’Av, but allow me to explain. It’s very easy to focus on mourning, sadness,...

Interview With ‘Social Vision’ Authors Philip Wexler, Michael Wexler, Eli Rubin

By Yochanan Gordon "Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World" (Jewish Spiritual Traditions and Contempo), was released early last month. It is a collaboration between author Philip Wexler,...

Law Places Stumbling Block, Not Wall, in Way of Trump Candidacy

By Yochanan Gordon It seems like the Democrats are feeling around in the dark with ways to keep President Trump out of the White House. If we’re reading the tea...

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...

The Responsibility Vaccine

By Yochanan Gordon We live in a multidimensional world where things can be perceived on varying levels. So while it seems that, on the face of it, the merits and...
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Singles Shabbaton, Melaveh Malkah in Lawrence November 22–23

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Yachad Hires Rabbi Shay Schachter as Spiritual Adviser

The Orthodox Union’s (OU) Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community, appointed Rabbi Shay Schachter to serve as its...

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