A Chipped Glass

By Malkie Hirsch Oftentimes, when I’m approached by someone about my writing or my social media platform, they’ll use the words “real,” “raw,” or “honest” to describe my writing, content,...

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...

A Closer Look at Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, z’l, was a descendant of Rav Avrohom Weinberg, the first Slonimer Rebbe, one of the leading chassidic rabbis of the 19th century. He...

Sad Spuds

Dr. Seuss has not been totally canceled, but six of his books have been shelved because they are said to portray some people in hurtful ways. These six books...

Printed in honor of the Wedding of the author’s son, Yehuda Leib Hoffman to...

Ruby wished to purchase a property from Simon.  The payment involved X amount of cash and Y amount of funds to be transferred via a cashier’s check at the...

Can Too Much Positivity Be A Bad Thing

By Betty Gulko “Stay positive!” “Look at the bright side of things!” “Keep on smiling!” These are some of the things you may hear me say pretty often. Making a shift...

The Kiddush Club Crisis

By Yochanan Gordon It seems that for anything to get attention in the Jewish community, it needs to be termed a “crisis.” Thankfully, from a literary point of view, the...

It’s A Package Deal

By Shira Yael Klein Beitar Illit While I was a seminary student here in Eretz Yisrael, it became increasingly clear to me that I wanted to live here, so I kept...

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...

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...
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A Nation In Mourning

By Malkie Gordon Hirsch Most people don’t get it. And it’s not that they don’t try, but they’re simply not equipped with the tools to...

A Wonderful Whirlwind Weekend

By Larry Gordon It is not that my parents invented weekend bar mitzvahs, but that’s exactly how we celebrated about a half-century ago. At the...

Breaking Dawn Plus 

By Larry Gordon Seventeen years ago this week, the order was issued to forcibly evacuate residents of Gush Katif, about 10,000 people who courageously built communities...

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