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Lag B’omer: Reconciling Our Perception With Godliness

By Yochanan Gordon Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai was a mystical personality, and Lag B’omer is a mystical day. But what many often overlook is that the mystical and the fundamental...

From Pittsburgh to Poway and Beyond

By Yochanan Gordon The Torah mandates that the Pesach holiday be observed in the spring season as the verse states: “Shamor es chodesh ha’aviv ki bo yatzasa mi’Mitzrayim.” Pesach has...

Not So Squeaky Clean at the Car Wash

  By Yochanan Gordon Pesach is a universal yom tov. There is a role for everyone in preparation for it. While cleaning is the call of the hour, I have this...

Unspoken Eulogy: A Hesped for Chaim Moshe ben Binyamin Tzvi

By Yochanan Gordon The following is a eulogy I wrote for my dear brother-in-law, Chaim Moshe ben Binyamin Tzvi, the morning of his levayah, just one week ago. Circumstances precluded...

Rabbi Hutner And The Rebbe

Reviewed by Yochanan Gordon There’s a story of the Kotzker Rebbe who was asked by a group of chassidim how well he knew his followers. They began singling out individuals,...

‘Rabbi Hutner and Rebbe’ to Hit Book Stores Ahead of Rabbi Hutner’s 40th Yahrzeit

  By Yochanan Gordon The author of "Rav and Rebbe," "The Real Shlomo," "Lakewood and Lubavitch," and "Satmar and Lubavitch," Rabbi Chaim Dalfin of Brooklyn, New York, has returned with another...

Honoring Torah Hero Rabbi Yechiel Perr

  By Larry Gordon This Sunday, February 10, is a landmark day in the history of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. It is the day on which the Yeshiva of...

What’s Behind the Conflict Over NYSED Rules for Yeshivas?

By Yochanan Gordon The Jewish world has been up in arms about regulations for non-public schools released recently by New York State. And while the notion that the education of...

Chanukah And The Migrant Crisis

  By Yochanan Gordon Chazal say that all holidays will be nullified in the Messianic era, with the exception of Chanukah and Purim. As such, it seems that Chanukah, like Purim,...

Only Hashem Knows Reason for Pittsburgh Massacre

By Yochanan Gordon The unfortunate events that unfolded in Pittsburgh on Shabbos at the Tree of Life synagogue have been addressed by many people from divergent angles. There is the...
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8-Year-Old Hasidic Boy Dies in NY Boating Accident

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — An 8-year-old boy who reportedly is a descendant of a prominent Hasidic rabbi died in a boating accident in New York. The...

Gluck: Celebrating Simcha Responsibly

  By Zvi Gluck Here we are again, in the home stretch of what has been a wonderful yom tov season, an inspirational and emotional period...

Slice Of Life: Vegetarian Soups

  By Eileen Goltz Based on a very unscientific survey of my friends and family, I’ve come to the conclusion that every single table that is...

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